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1 1/2 Acre Reviews

Score: 93 | June 8, 2022 |

Aromas of crushed plums, sliced red cherries and fresh herbs. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Very bright and fresh. A bit of coconut comes through the red fruit. Complex and intriguing. Best after 2025.

Score: 94 | March 10, 2022 | Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 1 1/2 Acre Red checks in as 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This perfumed, pretty, complex red offers loads of cassis, black cherry, and candied violet aromatics, medium to full body, a round, lush mouthfeel, and a great finish. It’s a big, ripe wine, yet it still stays nicely focused and vibrant on the palate.

Score: 92 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Red Wine 1 1/2 Acre emerges from a tiny biodynamically farmed block at the Raymond property. Black cherry, plum, spice and mocha build as this mid-weight, racy Cabernet shows off its curves. The 2019 is a charmer, as are all these wines.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 94 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the 2018 1 1/2 Acre Red is made from organic and biodynamically grown estate fruit. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with gregarious notions of kirsch, warm blackcurrants, red and black plums and rose oil, plus hints of chocolate box, cloves and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, rich and opulent, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and just enough freshness supporting the flamboyant fruit, finishing long and perfumed. Just 56 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 91 | January 27, 2021 |

The 2018 1 1/2 Acre Red comes from an estate vineyard in Rutherford and is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot, all of which was harvested at the same time and co-fermented. Beautiful blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, and sappy herb notes emerge from this medium to full-bodied red, which has good acidity, silky tannins, and outstanding length. Aged in a mix of barrels and amphora, give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following 15+.

Score: 92 | January 1, 2021 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Red Wine 1 1/2 Acre emerges from a parcel of organically farmed vineyards at Raymond. Bold and juicy to the core, the 2018 offers terrific immediacy. Ripe red cherry, plum, leather, cedar and dried flowers build into the creamy finish.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 93 | October 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

The 2016 1 1/2 Acre Red is composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot sourced from a single block on the Raymond Rutherford estate, all certified organic/biodynamic and aged for 20 months in 48% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of fragrant earth notions on the nose, giving scents of damp soil, mossy bark and fallen leaves with a core of warm red and black currants, black cherries and mulberries plus a touch of black pepper. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and very minerally, finishing fresh and long. 159 cases produced.