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Erin Brooks  |  May 24th, 2019


Todd, Joe, and I reinforce consistently that our brand and our wines are truly about honest intentions in the vineyard and the winery.  We don’t manipulate any part of our wine’s path to bolster “attractiveness” or achieve mainstream “deliciousness”.

Thus, we are not a brand that hangs our hat on scores; critical reviews are not foremost in our mind, ever.  That being said, we do try to put our wines in front people who care about such things – and hold powerful pens and keyboards – so that they can understand how serious and committed we are to this endeavor, to our growers, and to our winemaking team.

Today, Antonio Galloni's Vinous granted Ernest some incredible scores and reviews.  Our 2016 Pinot Noirs came in at:  The Wrangler 94 pts, The Grandfather 92 pts, The Settler 92 pts, The Artist 92 pts, and The Engineer 91 pts….which is just plain flattering.  

For you to share in our collective fun, we’re putting a tiny quantity of these wines back up for sale so that you can add a few more to your rack, share with a friend you know will enjoy, or squirrel some away for future years to remember when.  We have also put up a very special library wine, our 2014 The Artist, because we opened a couple recently and it's just magical right now!  Quantities are limited, apologies!  And, we have shared the reviews below (copyrights to Antonio Galloni and reproduced with permission).

The Wrangler - 94 pts

The 2016 Pinot Noir The Wrangler Grand Vent Vineyard is a striking wine. In this tasting, it stands out for its intense aromatic presence. Game, pepper, wild flowers and crushed rocks give the wine striking translucence and myriad shades of dimension. 

The Grandfather - 92 pts

The 2016 Pinot Noir The Grandfather Rayhill Vineyard is another very pretty, nuanced wine from Ernest. Crushed flowers, raspberry, mint, white pepper and blood orange are all nicely delineated. Medium-bodied and supple, with lovely mid-palate depth, the 2016 has an appealing sense of creaminess.

The Settler - 92 pts

The 2016 Pinot Noir The Settler Cleary Ranch Vineyard is an intriguing wine that nicely shows off the Ernest house style. Crushed red berries, blood orange, chalk and mint give the Settler its distinctive upper register. The 2016 is bit slender, but makes up for that with its energy, persistence and impeccable overall balance.

The Artist - 92 pts

The 2016 Pinot Noir The Arist Upp Road Vineyard is one of the richer wines in this range. Succulent dark cherry, plum, lavender and rose petal all meld in a pliant, forward Pinot endowed with lovely juiciness. The 2016 is quite bold, but that is not an issue given a natural tendency toward a leaner style here.

With so many heartfelt thanks,



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