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2022 Julia's Vineyard at Giusti Ranch Reserve Pinot Noir
2022 Moore Family Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
2021 Old Federal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

94 pts - Wine Spectator

Another vivid '21, this bursts with boysenberry, mulberry and plum compote notes, which are kept fresh and relatively racy by graphite-edged structure and sparkles of anise and applewood. A latent grip keeps this honest through the finish. Drink now through 2040. - J.M.

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2021 Old Federal Vineyard Cabernet Franc

92 pts - Wine Spectator

Brimming with delightful boysenberry, mulberry and blackberry compote flavors, this is carried by its polished and refined structure through the tobacco- and violet-tinged finish. Shows immediate appeal for its flourish of fruit, but there's balance and depth for some cellaring as well. Drink now through 2034.   —J.M.  

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92 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Attractive rose petal and mint aromas catch your interest on the first sniff. These lead to concentrated and dark fruit flavors like black cherries and cassis in this not-too-heavy and moderately tannic wine. Can't wait to see how it develops.   —J.G.  

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2021 Hogan's Run Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir

92 pts - Wine Spectator

There's a lot to like in this Pinot, which offers an alluring, smoldering thread of black tea that weaves around a core of fairly plush blackberry and black cherry compote flavors. Subtle black tea and earth hints add range through the finish. Drink now through 2030. 105 cases made. - J.M.

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2021 Moore Family Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir
2021 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2020 Old Federal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

#6 Wine of 2023

Mark Davis left his hometown in Maryland to pursue a dream of winemaking in California. The Cobden Wini name is a tribute to his parents, Christopher Cobden Davis and Mary Winifred Davis, who supported him along the way. This wine’s label nods to Mark’s father’s love of Cab — and the wine itself surely lives up to his standards. Sourced from the historic Old Federal Vineyard in Napa’s Oakville district, it’s a formidable expression of the variety. The nose is rich with dark fruits like blackberries and black currants, and subtle touches of spice from 22 months of oak aging. The palate makes a powerful entrance with deep fruit and upfront tannins, but delivers a soft landing with a plush mouthfeel and lingering savory notes.

Also, one of the 27 best Cabernets for 2023

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93 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Mint and black currants in the nose and rich, silky black-fruit flavors in the mouth give a flavorful yet elegant expression to this attractive, well-balanced wine, showing that it wasn’t a difficult vintage for everyone. Its soft, integrated tannins are classic for Oakville, making this beauty easy to enjoy.   —J.G.  

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2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

94 pts & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast

Great balance, complex spices and dark fruits light up this medium-bodied, fresh and refreshing but also well-structured wine. It’s a wake up call for the taste buds, as bright cherries and raspberries meet black tea, rhubarb and redwood forest nuances that last through a lingering finish. Matured in 40% new French oak on the lees, which were stirred monthly.  Editors’ Choice. —J.G. 

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2019 Old Federal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

94 pts - Wine Enthusiast

 Great concentration, handsome oak spices and ripe and fresh blackberry and blueberry flavors bring this wine to a high level of quality. Moderate tannins are softened by the rich fruit expression, making the wine enjoyable through at least 2030. —J.G.  

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2019 Hogan’s Run Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir

94 pts - The Pinot File

A very complex nose of earth, black raspberry, blackest cherry, herb garden and a hint of oak leads off. Hearty in a mid-weight plus style, with mouth filling and compelling dark cherry and berry flavors. Very long in the mouth through the cherry-laced finish. – R.G.

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2019 Sentinel Oak Reserve Pinot Noir

93 pts - Wine Enthusiast

This tasty, varietally true wine lifts the senses with scents of mesquite, toast, red and black currants and red cherries. Then fresh acidity and light tannins carry along flavors of cranberries, red cherries and a touch of rhubarb. The wine shows great balance and good complexity. —J.G. 

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2019 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

92 pts - The Pinot File

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, rose petal and Doublemint gum lead the way. Light to mid-weight in style and highly agreeable with plenty of black cherry flavor saturating the midpalate and finish. Perfect harmony insures the wine’s allure at the dinner table – R.G.

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2021 Rowe Family Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir
2019 Dalton Vineyard Marsanne-Roussanne

91 pts - Decanter

A delightful blend of 75% Marsanne and 25% Roussanne from a well-established, higher-elevation vineyard (460m) in the Sierra Foothills. Opens with buttery brioche aromas followed by ripe apple, pear and concentrated honeyed notes. Barrel fermentation and lees ageing add to the creamy layers, smooth texture and enduring richness. – S.L.

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90 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Deep, layered and rich in texture, this full-bodied wine is not overtly fruity or oaky, but delivers plenty of flint and mineral aromas, white-pepper and peach-skin flavors. It was fermented in neutral barrels and aged on the lees, adding to its creamy mouthfeel. – J.G.

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2018 Hogan’s Run Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir

98 pts - The Real Review

Medium-full red with a tinge of purple, the bouquet is spicy and quite complex, showing spot-on ripeness and some foresty dried-herb, undergrowth notes, oak neatly understated. A hint of mushroom. It's intense and quite powerful, with a long lingering aftertaste and soft, fine-grained tannins. A superbly turned-out pinot, drinking beautifully right now. - H.H.
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93 pts - The Pinot File

Dark cherry aromas are embellished with notes of oak-driven mocha and perfumery red rose petal. More richness of flavor than the Russian River Valley bottling in a middleweight style. Intense and provocative black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors that really wake up the palate. Oak shows less presence on the palate. Gentle tannins make for easy approachability but a few years in the cellar would pay dividends. The finish is quite lengthy as befits a reserve wine. – R.G.

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2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

92 pts - The Pinot File

Light garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of black cherry, cola and baking spices. The wine is bursting with cherry goodness in a mid-weight style with an added compliment of purple berry fruits and a shadow of oak. The tannins are very suave and the overall impression is brightness and balance. A classic Russian River Valley AVA Pinot Noir. – R.G.

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2018 Old Federal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

93 pts - The Pinot File

This is a very solid wine featuring blackest cherry and black raspberry fruits that are married perfectly with the tannins and acidity. Peaking over time in the glass, this lovely wine has a lavish finish replete with fresh dark fruits that hang on – R.G.

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91 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Fleshy and fruity, with a depth of black tea and dried herb, this light, bright and delicate wine shows good integration of both tannin and oak. The fruit is a mix of blood orange and wild strawberry, flecked in cardamom and white pepper. – V.B.

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2019 O’Sullivan Family Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir
2018 Dalton Vineyard Marsanne-Roussanne
2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

91 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Concentrated, spicy and lingering in dark berry, white pepper and cardamom, this wine is juicy and well-integrated, with a fruit-forward style. It finishes in black tea and earthy forest notes that impress against the balanced richness. – V.B.

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91 pts - The Pinot File

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of earth-dusted Bing cherry and cola. Discreetly concentrated spiced black cherry goodness with a hint of tobacco oak in the background. Silky and refined on the palate, with gentle tannins and a lengthy, cherry-laden finish. This wine is not a blockbuster, but is more in line with what most prefer in a Pinot Noir. Even better when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. –RG

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2015 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
2016 Marsanne/Roussanne White Wine Blend

92 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Great concentration, full body and an almost thick texture make a big statement in this no-holds-barred wine that was barrel-fermented in old barrels that don’t add oaky flavors. It smells like honey, cream and vanilla, tastes nutty and buttery and coats the palate with a richness that continues to linger even after the last sip. – J.G.

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2015 Marsanne/Roussanne White Wine Blend
2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

92 pts - The Pinot File

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of Montmorency cherry, spice and complimentary oak. Prudently concentrated, with bright flavors of dark cherry, plum, cola, tobacco and spice. Silky in the mouth with good harmony, tactful oak in the background, and a deep cherry finish. -R.G.

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2013 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

90 pts - Wine Enthusiast

A small-production Pinot that’s earthy in just-picked strawberry, this offers light color and smooth, soft, silky tannins that have integrated well, though the wine remains young and fresh in the glass. It becomes weightier on the finish, expressing just the right amount of oak. -V.B.

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2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir