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2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points
"This wine has leafy character with notes of blackcurrants, dried rosemary and baking spices. Full-bodied with fine tannins. Soft and mild midpalate and a juicy mouthfeel. Shows some warmth at the end, but firms up. Fruity finish. "
- James Suckling
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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points, Best Buy
"A savory Napa Valley cabernet, this is long on zesty black-currant flavor and rich with the spiciness of grape skins, adding some resonance to the finish. Itís an impressive value..."
- JG, Wine & Spirits, April 2020
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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points
"A red with lots of dried fruit, spice and walnut character. Full and chewy. Long and flavorful."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2017 Download PDF

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points
"Subtle aromas of blueberry, blackberry and bramble berry follo through to a full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy and lively on the finish. Shows the tensions of the great 2013 vintage in Napa Valley. Why wait?"
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2016 Download PDF

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points
"Subtle blackberry, black currant and hints of wood. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015
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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points
"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 Download PDF

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points
"I almost mistook this for an outstanding 2010 Bordeaux, but it's Waterstone, which always offers excellent value for Napa Cab. A juicy and fruity red with plenty of blueberry and vanilla character. Yet it's subtle and reserved. It's full body with a velvety texture and a long, harmonious and succulent finish. Delicious and lively. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, February 2014 Download PDF

90 points
"Dark and lush with plum, minerals and toasty oak; leafy, dense, supple with good acid structure; long and balanced. "
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, December 2013 Download PDF

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

88 points
"Made in an approachable, drink-me-now style, this Cab flatters with its wealth of blackberries, cherries, currants, licorice and oak. It has rich, luxurious tannins and is full-bodied and dry."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF

Highly Recommended
"Medium-dark ruby; deep, rich, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma and hints of mint and wet stone; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, red currant and dark cherry flavors with a trace of vanilla and a supple mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now."
- California Grapevine, December 2013 Download PDF

2013 Carneros Chardonnay

91 points
"This is a floral, zesty and vibrant white wine, given six months in French oak, half of it new. With a complex hit of briny salt and citrus, it flirts between layers of savory and sweet, finding just the right balance of structure and acidity."
-Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2016 Download PDF

90 points
"Bright and juicy with racy acidity and creamy tropical fruit; fresh and showing vanilla and toasty oak; fresh, dense and balanced."
- Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, September 2015 Download PDF

2012 Carneros Chardonnay

"I also want to give a shout-out to a great Chardonnay I recently sampled: the 2012 Waterstone. This wine manages to get the balance of bright concentrated fruit, richness, acidity and oak just right. This wine is absolutely delicious and very well-made."
- Go Local, Steffan Rasch, July 2014 Download PDF

2011 Carneros Chardonnay

93 points
"Waterstone uses selective sourcing of grapes from Napa Valley growers to make its wines. This has a fruit-driven nose of lemon curd, touches of cantaloupe melon and rich butterscotch. It's tangy and fresh, leading to creamier notes, yet retaining real vitality."
- Decanter, August 2013 Download PDF

2008 Carneros Chardonnay

90 points, Best Buy
"Earthy notes add a savory tone to this citrusy chardonnay. Delicate, orange-scented fruit keeps it light and completely dry. For roast salmon."
- Wine & Spirits, December 2010 Download PDF

2007 Carneros Chardonnay Reserve

87 points
"Distinctive spicy citrus-grapefruit flavors merge with green apple in this crisp, medium-bodied white, gaining complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2012."
- J.L., Wine Spectator, June 30, 2009

89 points
"A very nice Chardonnay for drinking with grilled salmon or chicken. It’s light and delicate, with pleasant flavors of citrus fruits, pears and vanilla and bracing minerality. Really likeable for its balance."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2009 Download PDF

2007 Study in Blue, Napa Valley

93 points
" This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot stands up well against far more expensive Napa Valley cult Cabs. It's softly tannic, rich and decadently delicious in blackberry and cherry pie filling, licorice, chocolate, baking spice and sandalwood flavors. Gorgeous, dry and generous. It's a wine to drink now."
- Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, November 2011 Download PDF

90 points
"On the nose, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, sweet herbs, green herbs, brandy. On the palate, the fruit is opulent - with the Syrah really coming out strong, along with the black pepper and meat one would expect on a syrah. Strong tannins, nice acidity. A fun wine."
- Terroirist, August 2011 Download PDF

92 points
"A blend of 65% Cabernet, 25% Syrah and 10% Merlot, this is a sumptuous red that evidences the class and complexity that a wine with its price tag should possess. Rich and ripe, with flamboyant flavors, it never seems heavy, but instead delights with a silky texture and long, lingering finish. Simply delicious!"
- Paul Lukacs, Wine Review Online, July 2011 Download PDF

2012 Carneros Pinot Noir

90 points
"A bright and delicate pinot with plum and dried berry. Medium body, fresh finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling, July 2014 Download PDF

2011 Carneros Pinot Noir

90 points
"From grapes sourced from two vineyards in Carneros, the wine displays pretty strawberry aromas with spicy hints from the oak. Quite polished and elegant, this has some silky tannins, leading to delicate strawberry and dark cherry characters on the finish. Drink 2014-2016."
- Decanter, November 2014 Download PDF

2012 Merlot Napa Valley

90 points
"A soft and juicy red with blueberry and chocolate character. Full and silky. Delicious now."
- James Suckling, July 2014 Download PDF

2012 Pinot Gris Napa Valley

88 points, Editors' Choice
"Just a touch of French oak gives this 100% Pinot Gris a soft, toasty creaminess. The fruit veers towards mouthwateringly tart Meyer lemons, nectarines and Asian pears. It's an elegant and versatile wine to pair with many different kinds of foods."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF

87 points
"Lemony, with coconut water, pear and stone fruit flavors, set on a medium body, with a crisp, juicy finish. An overtone of tropical fruit and floral details lend this some added charm. Drink now. 418 cases made."
- Wine Spectator, June 2014 Download PDF

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

89 points
"A waft of Nilla Wafer opens the bouquet of this light, well-composed wine, followed by fruity notes of lemon and orange, a floral component at its core. Zingy, it remains balanced in the glass, lightweight with plenty of fruit."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2015 Download PDF

2012 Syrah Napa Valley

91 points
"A syrah with meat, berry and pepper character plus hints of red peppers. Full-bodied, flavorful and delicious. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, July 2014 Download PDF

2014 In Studio Red Napa Valley

92 points
"Bright and aromatic with blueberry, raspberry and violet aromas that follow through to a medium to full body, round tannins and a vivid finish. Melts in your mouth. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petite sirah. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2017 Download PDF

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