Wine & Spirits Magazine: 93pts
Ana Keller makes this wine from a 20-acre parcel at the highest point of her family’s vineyard. The soil at El Coro is volcanic, the elevation making it the first parcel where the morning fog dissipates and the vines are exposed to the sun and winds of the Petaluma Gap. The thick-skinned grapes carry oceanic freshness along with red-fruit-skin flavors, like the blush of a red-skinned Bartlett pear. Those soprano notes deepen into the cool scents of a redwood forest and quiet, persistent red-raspberry notes. The wine sings after it’s been open for three days. It’s a fine coastal pinot to decant now for meaty roast fish, or to cellar and enjoy as it ages over the next five years. (154 cases)
Wine Enthusiast: 90pts
Earthy in mushroom and pine, this Petaluma Gap-made wine is generous in tannin, with a substantial underlying weight that supports cherry and blueberry flavors. The earthiness takes on a stemmy quality that is wild and complex.