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Score: Double Gold | February 6, 2014 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 87 | February 1, 2014 | Wine & Spirits
Best Buy. Cherry bright and gamey, this is an easy pour for grilled fennel sausages.
Score: 87 | December 31, 2013 | Wine Enthusiast
This widely distributed negociant has turned in a solid, medium-weight effort. A hint of almond skin accents cherry fruit on the nose and palate, while the finish turns rather firm and reveals some dry, papery tannins.
Score: 90 | December 1, 2013 | The Wine Advocate

The JCB 2010 No. 3 Red Wine is a blend of French and California Pinot Noir. The color is dark garnet, and the nose is spicy and smoky displaying notions of underbrush and red cherries. Dominated by Pinot Noir fruit characteristics, it is round, pure and velvety textured with loads of kirsch, plums and black cherries. This medium to full-bodied, elegant yet authoritatively styled effort merits serious attention. It can be drunk over the next 5-6 years.

Score: 89 | December 1, 2013 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Noir Maboroshi Vineyard is one of the first vineyards from which the fog lifts in the early morning. Dark ruby-hued, with notes of root vegetables, earth and berry fruit, this soft, round, voluptuous Pinot is far more sexy in the mouth than I expected. Drink this attractive, lush Pinot Noir over the next 2-3 years.
Score: 89 | December 1, 2013 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Zinfandel Forgotten Vines spent 15 months in a combination of French and American oak. It possesses a healthy dark ruby color along with impressive cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of pepper and spice, medium to full body, and lots of character and personality. Drink this excellent Zinfandel over the next 4-5 years.
Score: 91 | October 31, 2013 | Wine Spectator

Generous, featuring ripe and fleshy plum, black cherry, wild berry, raspberry and anise notes, with an array of flavors framed and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Well-proportioned, clean and vibrant, delivering a long, saturated finish. Drink now through 2024. 

Score: 95 | October 1, 2013 | Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 1 that includes the words “voluptuous, opulent, incorrigible” on the back label. It possesses more sweet black cherry and mulberry fruit reminiscent of a Merlot from Pomerol. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine is round, generous, voluptuous, beautifully textured and long. Drink this seductive Cabernet over the next 10-15 years.
Score: 90+ | October 1, 2013 | Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon JCB No. 10 reveals a strikingly pure, black currant-scented nose with lots of high quality wood in the background, and good framework, structure and intensity. Young and exuberant, it shows lots of upside potential, but it is currently closed with high tannins as well as wood. However, there is a lot of impressive raw materials evident.
Score: 90 | October 1, 2013 | Wine Advocate
The saturated ruby/purple-hued 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga District Collection reveals a sweeter mid-core of fruit than the St. Helena cuvee, abundant black currant and black cherry notes, a textured mouthfeel and a long finish. It should drink well for 15 years.