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DeLoach Vineyards Reviews

Score: 90 | July 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Earthy and robust in ripeness and tannin, this is a powerfully concentrated and structured wine, true to its mountain roots. Spice, tea and rhubarb mark its midpalate and complement the bigness of its profile.

Score: 92 | July 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

White pepper on the nose signals this is an interesting cool-climate wine, with a delicate palate of soft integrated tannin to match. Cherry, pomegranate and rose petal accent the palate, with hints of orange peel and dried herb. 

Score: Gold | June 19, 2019 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: Gold | June 19, 2019 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | June 19, 2019 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: Gold | June 5, 2019 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Gold | June 5, 2019 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | June 5, 2019 | California State Fair
Score: 91 | May 31, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

This earthy vineyard-designate from the cooler section of the appellation near Sebastopol is spicy and exotic, bursting in white pepper and cardamom. The bold rich fruit flavors lean into orange peel, rhubarb and pomegranate, complemented well by lingering accents of black tea. 

Score: 93 | May 31, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Delicious and exotic fruit flavors light up this elegant, concentrated wine. Rhubarb, black-cherry and spiced plum scents are followed by equally generous fruit flavors and deft touches of spicy oak that add nuances of baking spices and black tea.

Score: 91 | May 31, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

Jim and Barbara Emmons were raising horses on their property in Riebli Valley, northeast of Fountain Grove, selling fruit from a 4.5-acre parcel of vines before they realized its value in 1978. Several Italian neighbors believed the dry-farmed vines were more than 100 years old, and several wineries began to seek out their fruit, including DeLoach, which started making a Riebli Zin in 2005. Brian Maloney includes a little petite sirah from the same site in the blend, fermenting it separately from the zinfandel. Together, those grapes produce a bright, spicy red, with flavors of briary blackberry and wild blueberry. It’s cool and intense, a clean zinfandel that keeps its gamey side at bay without hiding it completely. 

Score: 92+ | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

Medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir La Bienvenue Estate Vineyard has a subdued nose, opening to warm red and black cherries and berries, dusty earth, dried leaves, smoke and sweet spice. Medium-bodied, it has a good core of fruit with ripe, grainy tannins and a long spicy finish.

Score: 93+? | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pinot Noir Les Parcelles Cacheés Estate Vineyard has a medium ruby color and aromas of warm black cherry and blackberry pie with notes of woodsmoke, charcuterie, tobacco, earth and sweet spice. Medium-bodied, it has spicy dark fruits in the mouth, firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing oaky. This needs some more time in bottle to (hopefully) soak up some of the new oak.

Score: 93 | April 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Reduced in matchstick aromas that compel and blow off, this is a wellintegrated white from a great site, the fruit and oak combining to great effect. Big flavors of anise and pear build around a concentration of full-bodied lushness and lasting texture. 

Score: 92 | April 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

This full-bodied barrel-fermented wine is bold in flavor, rich in texture and showing a plethora of complex and delicious oak and spice flavors. Nutmeg, toasted almond, baked pears and vanilla coat the palate and linger on the finish, while the luxurious texture is nicely balanced by moderate acidity. 

Score: 93 | April 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Juicy in strawberry and cherry, both thickly concentrated in flavor and richness, this is a bright, complex and tasty wine from the great site, which confounds with secondary characteristics of barbecue meat, char and vanilla bean.

Score: 90 | April 8, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Raisin, plum and cherry contrast against tart red currant in this “finest selection” from the producer. Juicy and broadly approachable, it has a likable thread of acidity that punctures through the hearty rich fruit and leathery texture. 

Score: Silver | February 14, 2019 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2019
Score: Gold | February 14, 2019 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2019
Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2019 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 91 | January 22, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

This coastal-influenced wine is rich in tones of vanilla and pear. It’s thick, complex and full bodied, yet appropriately balanced, with a lingering note of savory nutmeg. 

Score: 93 | January 22, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

This white opens with a bright honeysuckle note on the nose, leading to a palate of moderate structure and grip. Lightly textured and demure, it finish is memorable in flavors of apple and nutmeg. 

Score: 92 | October 1, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

Hugely concentrated and full bodied, this shows the appellation’s cool-climate aromatics and dense, crunchy red fruit well. Nutmeg, cola and dark cherry complement a stretch of dried herb and black tea.

Score: Silver | July 6, 2018 | International Womens Wine Competition
Score: 91 | July 4, 2018 | Planet Grape

Soft, smooth and fresh with notes of lemon cream, apple crisp, grilled pineapple and buttered rum. 

Score: 90 | July 4, 2018 | Planet Grape

Creamy, bright and fresh with notes of lemon drop, strawberry ice cream, watermelon and honeydew. 

Score: 91 | April 27, 2018 | Wine Advocate

The 2015 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch is medium garnet-purple colored and boldly scented of raspberry preserves, spice cake and prunes with suggestions of Indian spices, dusty soil and tobacco. Full-bodied, packed with spicy dried berry flavors and supported with chewy tannins, it has a crisp line of acid nicely lifting the pruney notions on the finish. 

Score: 90 | September 30, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Tight and zesty, with a vibrant core of wild berry and blackberry flavors, touches of spice and accents of wild rose and gravelly earth, all adding up to a complex offering. –JL

Score: Silver | September 24, 2015 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: 89 | January 13, 2015 | Wine Advocate

The 2012 Zinfandel Nova Vineyard is more of a fruity Zinfandel with notes of raspberries and cherries, not a lot of depth, but it remains superficially delicious and seductive and can be drunk over the next 1-2 years.

Score: 89 | December 31, 2013 | Wine Spectator

Firm and rich on the palate, this red is lightly aromatic, offering notes of lavender, dark berry and crushed rock, with lively acidity and tannins.

Score: 87 | December 1, 2013 | Wine Spectator

Jammy and soft, with flavors of raspberry, apricot and spice. 

Score: 91 | January 10, 2012 | Burghound
A somber nose only grudgingly gives up notes of plum, spice and violets that are followed by delicious and solidly complex flavors that are shaped by fine-grained tannins that impart a sophisticated mouth feel to the attractively persistent finish. I like the delivery as well as the overall sense of focus and balance. Worth considering.