Accolades


2015 Shibumi Knoll Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate — 98 points

This comes from the estate’s 0.75-acre vineyard in St. Helena, planted and farmed by David Abreu. The wine is made by Thomas Rivers Brown. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts gregariously out of the glass like a total rock-star Cabernet with notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry preserves and stewed plums with nuances of cigar box, Indian spices, camphor and smoked meats plus a waft of potpourri. The full-bodied palate is jam-packed with black fruit layers with loads of red berry sparks and a wonderfully plush frame, finishing with epic length and fantastic freshness. Wow! 100 cases made.

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2015 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Advocate — 94 points

This site was planted in 1972 to Old Wente clone selection. The vines are all head-trained and dry grown. The 2015 Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard gives up evolving fruit notions of preserved apricots, fresh hay, apple pie and allspice with touches of lemongrass and lime leaves. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with savory and baking spices accents with a stone fruit and baked apple core, framed by great freshness and a tantalizing oiliness to the texture, finishing long and spicy. Skillfully crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown, this is more of an old-old-school, oxidative style of Chardonnay and therefore wonderfully restrained and savory—not for those looking for a fruit bomb!

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2015 Shibumi Knoll Pinot Noir Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Spectator — 92 points

Rich and well-structured, with sandalwood and dried meat notes flanking the ripe dark plum, currant and dried cherry flavors. Slate and spice details show on the finish, with some loamy hints.

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2013 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Spectator — 94 points

Weaves together a mix of grapefruit and lemon notes, with green apple, melon and white peach details. A juicy, complex and approachable Chardonnay, with a very long finish.

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2012 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Spectator — 96 points

A dazzling effort, with striking purity, richness and focus, featuring a plump, silky texture that oozes with fresh fruit aromas and a deep core of rich pear, fig, honeydew melon and spice notes, ending with a burst of lip-smacking butterscotch hints.

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2009 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Spectator — 96 points

Deliciously rich and unctuous, with a creamy-textured mix of tangerine, honey, nectarine, apricot and juicy peach flavors, yet for all the wine’s richness the acidity keeps the flavors dancing, ending with a nice kiss of toasty oak on long finish.

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2005 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Wine Spectator — 97 points

Pure and delicious, a rich, elegant, layered expression of Chardonnay. Tightly focused and smooth-textured, offering a wealth of flavor built around green apple, fig, melon, spice and a hint of lemon blossom. Ends with a long, lingering finish.

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