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— Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 

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2014 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard
​Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
​Rating 94 pts ​"Offering a cool climate feel in its white pepper, crushed violet, olive, raw meat and jammy black fruits, the 2014 Syrah San Saba Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, layered and balanced, with sweet tannin and perfectly integrated acidity.  Made from 100% Syrah brought up all in barrel, this is a sensational Syrah that's well worth seeking out!  The only drawback is there's a scant 175 cases produced, but hats off to Michael Thomas on this killer effort." Jeb Dunnuck
 
Wine Spectator, March 2017
Rating 93 pts ​ "A New World style with an Old World edge.  Expressive smoky pepper, beef, and blackberry aromas open to polished and layered flavors of dark plum, bitter chocolate and licorice that linger."  Tim Fish
 
International Wine Review, April 2017
Rating 92 pts  "We've tasted this wine several times over the years and it remains one of our go-to Syrahs.  It's simply packed with flavor, evoking wet loam, cracked pepper, and blackberry pie with a nice French toasted oak accent."  Don Winkler
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch
Vinous/ Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 91 pts  "Vivid Purple.  Smoky blackberry and boysenberry on the deeply perfumed nose, complicated by suggestions of olive, peppery spices and cola.  Densely packed dark berry flavors pick up licorice pastille and succulent herb qualities with aeration, along with hints of cracked pepper and candied flowers.  Spreads out and puts on weight with air, finishing with a zesty mineral cut, strong tenacity and building tannins." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Destruction Level (Syrah-Grenache)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
​Rating 92 pts
"Named after an archaeological term, the 2014 Destruction Level is an even split of Grenache and Syrah.  Its inky ruby/purple color is followed by impressive amounts of dark fruits, wild herbs, charred meat and creamy licorice.  These give way to a medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textured red that has solid mid-palate depth, ripe tannin and a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck

Vinous/ Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 91 pts
​"Dark ruby.  Aromas of fresh dark berries and cherry compote display subtle violet pastille, licorice and woodsmoke flourishes.  Bitter cherry, cassis and spicecake flavors show very good concentration, and a jolt of juicy acidity provides lift.  The cherry and floral notes cling impressively on a long, penetrating finish that's framed by fine-grained, well integrated tannins.  I like the blend of power and finesse here."  Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Grenache, Alta Loma Vineyard
Tanzer/ Vinous,  October 2016
Rating 90 pts "A pungent, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark fruits, potpourri and smoky minerals.  Juicy, sharply focused blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are complimented by a suggestion of rose pastille that gains strength as the wine opens up.  Turns sweeter and spicier on the clinging finish, which features dark berry and cola qualities" Josh Raynolds
 

 
2014 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 92 pts  "Going through full malolactic fermentation and aged in 50-60% new French oak, the thrillingly textured, rich and full-bodied 2014 Chardonnay San Saba Vineyard dishes out tons of orchard fruits, toasted bread, baking spices and nutmeg-like aromas and flavors. Showing a touch of nuttiness on the finish, it stays clean, elegant and polished, with impeccable balance." Jeb Dunnuck
 
Wine Spectator, April 2017
Rating 90 pts  "Combines density with nuance, offering rich fig, pear and apricot flavors, with shadings of citrus and light oak. Ends clean and elegant."  James Laube

 
 
2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard
Vinous/ Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 90 pts
  "Ripe cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of musky floral and herb nuances.  Sappy and broad on entry, then showing more tension in the middle, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors that turn spicier on the back half.  Shows a refreshingly bitter edge on the persistent finish, which is framed by dusty, even tannins."  Josh Raynolds
 
Wine Spectator, February 2017
Rating 91 pts "Displays a charming red-candy mix of cherry-berry fruit that's supple and well-focused, easygoing on the tannins and a sheer joy to drink."  James Laube
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, KW Ranch
Vinous/ Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 90 pts  "Dark berries, cherry compote and a hint of wood smoke on the deeply perfumed nose.  Chewy and broad in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and black berry flavors that show very good depth and energy.  Dusty tannins provide shape and grip to the finish, which lingers with very good persistence and repeating smokiness.  The most serious of this set of Pinots." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 93 pts  "A barrel selection from their estate vineyard, the 2014 Pinot Noir San Saba Vineyard is another classy, outstanding wine from <Wrath>.  Seeing a small portion of whole cluster, it has rich, forward notes of black raspberries, toasty oak and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, polished, rounded and even sexy style on the palate." Jeb Dunnuck
 
Vinous/Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 92 pts  "Pungent, spice-accented scents of cherry and black raspberry are complimented by hints of cola and succulent herbs.  Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry, and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become spicier with air.  Delivers a serious punch of berry fruit flavor and finishes sappy, sweet and very long with grip." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield,
Vinous/Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 92 pts 
"Potent, mineral-accented aromas of fresh red berries, cherry cola and potpourri, lifted by an Asian spice nuance.  Appealingly sweeet, concentrated raspberry and floral pastille flavors are complicated by suggestions of white pepper and cola and show a hint of smokiness on the back half. Closes silky, sweet and very long with harmonious tannins building smoothly and steadily." Josh Raynolds

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 91 pts 
"From a site that always yields a softer style of wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Tondre Grapefield is a medium to full-bodied, supple and fruit-loaded effort that gives up plenty of raspberry, lavendar and floral aromas and flavors.  Possessing ripe, sweet tannin, plenty of fruit and solid overall balance, it will dish out tons of pleasure over at least the coming 5-6 years."  Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Spectator, February 2017
Rating 90 pts
" A savory style, offering a mix of dried herb, leafy underbrush and dried berry flavors, with hints of anise, red candy, and red licorice, backed by mild tannins.  Most impressive for the length on the finish"  James Laube

 
 
2014 Wrath Pommard 4/ 777 Pinot Noir
Vinous/Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 91 pts 
"Perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, candied rose, peppery spices and minerals.  Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering sappy cherry and raspberry flavors that become sweeter and nervier with air.  Finishes with gentle tannins, very good length and a lingering echo of candied flowers." Josh Raynolds

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 91 pts 
"A gorgeous effort is the 2014 Pinot Noir Pommard 4/777, which has a savory, almost earthy slant in its black cherry, spice, sagebrush and dried herbs aromas and flavors.  Medium-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, with a terrific core of fruit and a gorgeous finish, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 7-8 years.  It's a rock solid value."  Jeb Dunnuck
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot Noir
International Wine Review, April 2017
​Rating 90 pts
"Dark red plum accented by forest floor show on the bouquet. The palate is similarly earthy and dark in character with medium density and length. Easy, pleasant drinking. 20% whole cluster fermentation and aged 10 months in 40% new French oak." Don Winkler

 
 
2014 Wrath 115/667 Pinot Noir
Vinous/Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 91 pts
  "A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, peppery spices and potpourri; and a hint of rhubarb emerges with aeration.  Juicy and expansive raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors deepen slowly and become sweeter with air while maintaining levity.  Shows very good clarity and cut on the very persistent, floral-accented finish, which is given shape by harmonious tannins." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Ex Vite Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 90 pts
  "The only wine made with 100% whole clusters and from the estate San Saba Vineyard located just outside the edge of the Santa Lucia HIghlands, the 2014 Pinot Noir Ex Vite offers outstanding notes of strawberries, wild herbs, pepper and earth in a medium-bodied, low acid, rich and textured package.  The stems show here, but they're balanced by plenty of fruit, and it offers lots of upfront appeal."  Jeb Dunnuck
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Ex Anima Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast, Febuary 2017
Rating 90 pts 
"From the winery's lightly oaked series of wines, this bottling is all about freshness.  It shows pomegranate, dried fennel and sagebrush on the nose. The palate is zesty, uncomplicated and eminently drinkable, with sagebrush elevating the fruit-punch base."  Matt Kettmann
 
 
 
2014 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay
Wine Spectator, March 2017
Rating 92 pts "Buttery and rich, featuring concentrated flavors of pear, apple compote and baked peach, with tropical notes. A full-bore style that is filled with spiciness. The finish lingers with cream and toasted coconut accents.   Kim Marcus
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2017
Rating 91 pts "The 2014 Chardonnay Fermata (which is the Italian word for "halted") went through partial malolactic fermentation and was brought up in 20-25% new French oak.  It's a big, rich, buttery, medium to full-bodied effor that offers lots of fig, white currants and vanilla bean aromas and flavors.  It's not for those looking for unoaked Chablis but it has a beautiful texture, solid mid-palate depth and delivers serious richness, all while not being over the top or heavy."  Jeb Dunnuck
 
Vinous/Tanzer, October 2016
Rating 90 pts  "Light, bright gold. Ripe Meyer lemon, white peach and melon aromas are complimented by fresh jasmine, honey and dusty mineral notes. Smooth and expansive on the palate; poached pear and pit fruit nectar flavors pick up a subtle smoky nuance with air.  Shows very good depth and energy and fnishes long, stony and tight; leaving a subtle floral note behind."  Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2014 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay 
Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
Rating 93 pts 
"Honey, white peach and vanilla cream show on the nose of this bottling from winemaker Sabrine Rodems, with a kick of hazelnut as well. The palate is all about restrained richness, its buttery lemon curd and cinnamon flavors cut by bright acidity and a lemon-peel tang."  Matt Kettmann
 
Wine Spectator, April 2017
Rating 90 pts "Rich and layered, with fig, apricot, honeydew melon, apple pie and spice flavors delivered in a clean, precise, focused manner. Smoky, buttery oak is evident on the finish."  ​James Laube
 
 
PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS

 
2014 Wrath Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2015
Rating 90 pts  "The winery’s annual showing of “minimal intervention techniques,” this wine offers lime peels, yellow grapefruit and cut grass on the expected and excellent nose. There is a nice pepperiness to the palate, from green pepper to chopped oregano, basil and thyme." Matt Kettmann

 
 
2013 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 90 pts
  "Fresh nectarine, orange, and honey on the smoky, leesy nose and palate.  At once rich and lively, with a jolt of juicy acidity adding lift and back-end cut.  The leesy quality repeats on a long supple finish that shows good clarity and a touch of candied orange." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay
Wine Spectator, July 2016
Rating 90 pts "Rich yet elegant, with understated pear, peach, and apple scents and a good dose of spicy, toasted oak.  Everything is pleasantly in proportion." James Laube
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard
Wine Enthusiast, April 2016
Rating 91 pts
  "Aromas of cream, baked croissant, lemon custard and dried apricot characterize the nose of this offering from the winery's estate vineyard just below the Santa Lucia Highlands.  The palate packs lemon-buttered toast, roasted almonds, seared green apples and a cement element into a strong bottling." Matt Kettmann
 
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 92 pts 
"This Chardonnay offers orchard fruit and minerals on the attack and the mid-palate, followed by notes of toasted oak.  Aged 10 months in French oak, 50% new, it is beautifully balanced with a persistent finish." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 91 pts  "
Highly perfumed scents of candied orchard and citrus fruits, honesuckle and ginger, with a nervy mineral undertone. Fleshy and expansive but surprisingly lithe as well, offering pliant tangerine and pear flavors and a touch of smokiness. Emphatically fruity but nervy and dry, picking up a gingery note that adds bite to a long, mineral-tinged finish." Josh Raynolds

 
 
2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 90 pts
  "Spice-accented blueberry and cassis aromas along with a hint of smoked meat.  Juicy and focused on the entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering pliant red and dark berry flavors lifted by gentle acidity.  Finishes smoky and long, with very good clarity, soft tannins and a touch of earthiness." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 92 pts
  "Sexy, highly perfumed scents of ripe raspberry, boysenberry and vanilla, with a spicy element adding vivacity.  Sweet, seamless, and expansive, offering intense berry compote and spicecake flavors and a subtle touch of rose pastille.  Supple tannins come in late and tighten this suave wine's plush, clinging fruit." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 91+ pts
  "Complex, spice-laced aromas of cherry-cola, black raspberry and lavender, with a mineral element adding vivacity.  Sappy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet red and dark berry flavors that open up with air.  Youthfully taut today but there's clearly very good material here.  Finishes long and precise, with fine-grained tannins building slowly and adding grip." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, KW Ranch
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 92 pts  "The Pinot Noir KW Ranch is an elegant wine sourced from one of the finest vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands.  The wines from the KW Ranch tend to be highly aromatic and rich in red berry fruit flavor.  This one offers red berries and cherries with hints of herbs and toast.  A beauty blended with equal parts of Pommard 4 and 667 clones." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 92 pts
  "Ripe red berries, incense, lavender and Asian spices on the assertively perfumed nose.  Sweet, palate-staining raspberry and floral pastille flavors deepen in the middle palate while picking up a suggestion of cola.  At once seamless and sharply focused on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and resonating florality." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath 115/667 Pinot Noir 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 91 pts
  "A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, potpourri and allspice.  Silky, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a late note of blood orange.  Quite approachable already but has the stuffing to age.  Closes with repeating florality, a whisper of fine-grained tannins and excellent persistence." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Swan/828 Pinot Noir 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 90 pts 
"An array of red fruits and flowers on the nose, along with suggestions of underbrush and woodsmoke.  Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering fresh raspberry and cherry flavors that tighten up on the back half.  Blends power with finesse smoothly and finishes with repeating sweetness and smooth, slow-building tannins." Josh Raynolds
 
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 92 pts  "
This is a fragrant Pinot Noir that exhibits ripe aromas and flavors of red berries and cherries.  It is also slightly earthy in character with good density of flavor.  Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak, it is nicely integrated with a hint of mint." Mike Potashnik and Done Winkler
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Pommard 4/777 Pinot Noir 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 90 pts  "Powerful cherry and dark berry aromas are lifted by a mineral element and a suggestion of orange pith.  Fleshy and broad, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and hints of licorice and mocha.  A substantial but still lively Pinot with strong finishing thrust and a very good smoky persistence." Josh Raynolds
 

 
2013 Wrath Ex Vite Pinot Noir 
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 89+ pts
  "This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak.  It offers fresh aromas of dark berry and cherry and underbrush with touches of earth and loam.  The palate is nicely balanced and has a persistent finish." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Grenache, Alta Loma Vineyard
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 90 pts 
"This Grenache is dark in color with a rich collection of intense high toned red-berry fruit.  It is sourced from the biodynamically certified Alta Loma vineyard which sits on a hillside just south of the Santa Lucia Highlands.  Aged 10 months in French oak, this bottling is nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Destruction Level, Syrah-Grenache-Cinsault
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 93 pts 
"The Wrath Destruction Level is an attractive blend of 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault.  It offers rich flavors of blackberry and smoky oak.  While Syrah is dominant, the cuvee offers hints of red berries and spice.  Aged 10  months in neutral French oak." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard
Wine Spectator, February 2016
Rating 90 pts  "A big, plump Syrah that offers lots of flavor, from ripe black raspberries and licorice to smoke and white pepper.  The core of solid acidity keeps this moving at a bouncy clip." Tim Fish
 
International Wine Review, February 2016
Rating 92 pts
  "The Syrah San Saba Vineyard displays a dark ruby color with aromas of earth and blackberry fruit.  It has a hint of black pepper, herbs, and toasted oak.  Aged 10 months in 66% new French oak, it is one of the finest examples of Syrah in the region." Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
 
Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
Rating 93 pts / Editor's Choice "From a vineyard adjacent to the Santa Lucia Highlands, this wine's wondrous nose of dense black currents, blueberries, and fresh-cracked black pepper is made even more complex by black olive, gamy roasted meats and chaparral notes."  Matt Kettmann
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard 
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 92 pts
  "Ripe dark berry and cherry pit scents are complemented by notes of olive paste, dried flowers and woodsmoke.  Textbook Syrah, offering lively blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, with Indian spice and mineral qualities adding focus and lift.  The very long, juicy finish is framed by silky, harmonious tannins that fade into the wine's sweet fruit." Josh Raynolds
 
Wine Spectator, February 2016
Rating 91 pts  "
Big and stylish but backed by fine structure.  Raspberry, cinnamon and sassafras aromas lead to rich flavors of ripe cherry, smoky beef and cracked pepper." Tim Fish

 
 
2013 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch
Tanzer/Vinous, September 2015
Rating 91 pts  "High-pitched blueberry, cherry and floral scents, along with suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals.  Shows very good clarity and depth, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of bitter cherry pit on the back half.  This lush but lively Syrah finishes with solid thrust and smooth tannings.  Reminded me a lot of a top-drawer Saint-Joseph." Josh Raynolds
 
 
 
2013 Wrath Ex Anima Syrah
Wine Spectator, February 2016
Rating 90 pts  "Floral black raspberry and licorice aromas lead to a burst of jammy huckleberry flavors and accents of white pepper.  The texture is plush and soft, with enough complexity for this to keep gliding." Tim Fish
 
 
 
PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS

 

2013 Wrath Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc
 
Wine Enthusiast magazine, September 2014
Rating 90 pts  "
aromas of freshly cut grass, honeydew melon, kiwi and fresh rain on rocks. On the palate, minerality lingers alongside poached pear and peach.  Refreshing and light, yet full of flavor." Matt Kettmann

 

2012 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"The richest in the lineup, the 2012 Chardonnay San Saba is a beauty.  Showing ripe apple, peach, white flowers and subtle brioche and toastiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium-bodied, fresh and lively style that continues to gain depth and richness with time in the glass." Jeb Dunnuck 
 
Wine Spectator, July 31, 2015
Rating 90 pts "A bold, rich, exotic style with intense fig, tropical fruit, pineapple and honeydew flavors.  Tapers off midpalate and glides along effortlessly on the finish." James Laube 
 
 
2012 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay 

Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2014
Rating 90 pts "Wrath's annual look at halted malolactic fermentation presents a fresh nose of apple, pear and white flowers.  The palate walks a line between the sourness of yellow grapefruit with the warmth of chamomile tea, showing crushed rock minerality as well." Matt Kettmann

 
 
2012 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2014
Rating 90 pts "An inviting nose of vanilla bean creme brulee introduces this clonal study from winemaker Sabrine Rodems.  The full-bodied palate is reminiscent of a citrusy cream pie, with caramalized apples and other oak-related flavors lingering in the background." Matt Kettmann


 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard

Wine Enthusiast magazine, June 2015
Rating 94 pts  "Strawberry syrup, scarlet-red rose petals, warm licorice-laced cookies and dried sage combine for a brilliant nose from this reliably exciting vineyard, planted by a longtime cattle ranching family.   Flavors of raspberry torte and ripe red fruits float across the palate, with added complexity from lifting mint and lively yeast elements."  Matt Kettmann
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 90 pts
"An outstanding wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyard comes from sandy loam soils and saw the standard 20% whole-cluster inclusion during fermentation and ten months in barrel.  It shows the darker-fruited side of the variety, with loads of purple fruits, earthy minerality, violets and underbrush all emerging from the glass.  Medium-bodied, soft, supple and nicely textured, it has a elegant, seamless profile that's geared for near-term drinking." Jeb Dunnuck

 
 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, KW Ranch

Wine Enthusiast magazine, May 2015
91pts  "There's a wild herbaceousness on the nose of this wine that gains aromatic complexity from peppermint candy canes and sour cherry fruits.  A menthol sense invades the palate, making it tingle pleasantly, with flavors of dried cherries and licorice leading into a long, exciting finish."  Matt Kettmann
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 90 pts
"A pretty, floral and delicate effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir KW Ranch comes from the lower slopes and the eastern side of the appellation.  It exhibits notions of earthy dark fruits, truffle, caramelized sugar and Spring flowers to go with a medium-bodied, forward and supple profile that will be ideal for consuming over the coming 2-4 years." Jeb Dunnuck
 

 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard

Wine Enthusiast magazine, June 2015
Rating 95 pts    "Clean and ripe raspberry notes are cut with complex scents of coyote brush, slate and sweet tobacco smoke.  The palate is juicy with flavors of wild berries and Bing cherries as well as strong accents of dried herbes de Provence, sagebrush and chipped slate.  Strong acidity tingles the tongue long into the finish."  Matt Kettmann
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 92 pts
"The 2012 Pinot Noir McIntyre Vineyard is another beautiful effort from this estate.  Crushed flowers, bright berry fruits, rose petal and sappy underbrush all show here, and it's medium-bodied, balanced and elegant, with serious polish and length.  It's hard to resist now, but will evolve gracefully going forward on its balance." Jeb Dunnuck


 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard

Wine Enthusiast magazine, June 2015
Rating 93 pts  "Winemaker Sabrine Rodems uses the winery's estate vineyard to show cinnamon, Bing cherries, root beer and mace aromas.  The flavors of anise, raspberry juice and Early Grey tea are spruced up by a generous acidity that gives the herb-leaning wine exciting zing."  Matt Kettmann
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"The cassis, cherry, licorice and sweet oak-scented 2012 Pinot Noir San Saba Vineyard offers gorgeous texture and richness in its medium to full-bodied, balanced and forward profile.  It shows the vintage's upfront character, but there's plenty of tannin here as well, so while it can be enjoyed now, it will evolve nicely for 4-5 years as well." Jeb Dunnuck
 
 
 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield

Wine Enthusiast magazine, June 2015
Rating 93 pts  "Winemaker Sabrine Rodems lays on exciting aromas of light pomegranate juice decorated by toasted sagebrush, charred fennel, pan-toasted peppercorns, graphite and pine ash.  The herb-driven, very fragrant chaparral-like flavors show pine needles, rosemary, chemise and bay leaf against a cranberry juice background."  Matt Kettmann
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"Coming from a vineyard that struggles with high pHs, the 2012 Pinot Noir Tondré Grapefield is a ripe, textured effort that gives up loads of strawberry, plum, crushed flowers and spice-like aromas and flavors.  Medium to full-bodied and low in acidity, it has a beautiful, mouth filling and sexy style that keeps you coming back to the glass. While it's hard to resist now, it should still evolve gracefully for 4-5 years." Jeb Dunnuck

 
 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, Pommard 4/777
 
Wine Enthusiast magazine, May 2015
Rating 93 pts  "Light in color and density, the wine welcomes the nose with a warm strawberry approachability, then delivers a savory side of sagebrush, green olive and dried tart cranberry.  Forest floor elements of mace and mushroom are cut with barely ripe red fruit, licorice and pencil lead, altogether showing lots of vibrant energy."  Matt Kettmann
 
 
 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, 115/667
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"Made from 57% 115 Clone and 43% 667, the 2012 Pinot Noir 115/667 is an outstanding effort that saw 20% whole-cluster and ten months in barrel.  It has beautiful cassis and cherry blossom fruit to go with more layered notes of crushed flowers, vanilla bean and sappy herbs.  Made in a fresh, lively and pure style, with loads of character." Jeb Dunnuck
 

 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, Swan/828
 
Wine Enthusiast magazine, June 2015
Rating 93 pts  "A study of umami, this wine shows shitake mushrooms, decomposing wood, soy and hibiscus on the nose.  The palate is silky smooth yet with immediate verve, unfolding with flavors of loam, beef char, teriyaki-laced berries, smashed plums and graphite.  It's focused yet expansive."  Matt Kettmann
 
 
 
2012 Wrath Pinot Noir, Ex Vite

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts "Seeing 100% whole-cluster, the 2012 Pinot Noir, Ex Vite is a serious 2012 that does everything right.  Possessing plenty of ground herbs, spice and earth, no doubt from the whole-cluster, to go with a solid core of fruit, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, loads of texture and building sweet tannins." Jeb Dunnuck

 
 
2012 Wrath Ex Anima Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2014
Rating 92 pts "Michael Thomas' Ex Anima (which means from the soul) series employs minimal new oak.  This bottling reveals a strong nose of root beer, green olives, blistered tomatoes and wild sage.  The tea-like flavors are laced with berries, oregano and thyme, quite soulful indeed." Matt Kettmann

 
 
2012 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard 
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 92 pts
"The 2012 Syrah San Saba Vineyard comes from sandy loam soils and the southern, warmer part of the appellation.  Fermented with 20% whole clusters and aged ten months in barrel, it offers a medium to full-bodied decandent style to go with Syrah's classic, chocolaty dark fruits, smoked earth and hints of gaminess.  While there's no shortage of fruit or texture here, this beauty stays nicely focused and fresh, with a clean finish." Jeb Dunnuck
 
Wine Spectator, January 2015
Rating 92 pts
"A great structure and a plush texture combine in this powerful yet sleek red.  Aromas of wild game and raspberry open to flavors of plum, fig and roasted herbs.  The tannins are firm but ripe.  Drink now through 2025."  Tim Fish
Featured in Wine Spectator Insider
 
 
2012 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"The Syrah Doctor's Vineyard shows the more exotic quality of this site, with cool climate-like minty blackberry and black raspberry fruits, bay leaf, smoke and graphite all emerging from the glass.  Medium-bodied and nicely focused in style, it nevertheless has solid texture, intergrated acidity, and building tannin." Jeb Dunnuck


 
2012 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
Rating 91 pts
"Coming from a lower elevation block that's right on the east edge of the appellation, the 2012 Syrah KW Ranch has an almost Roussillon-like juniper, sage and minerality in its smoky dark fruit and peppery personality.  One of the more structured Syrahs in the vintage, it has medium-bodied richness, solid concentration and a tannic finish." Jeb Dunnuck
 
 
 
2012 Wrath Ex Anima Syrah
 
Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2014
Rating 93 pts / Editor's Choice
"Deeply intriguing and funky aromas of sweet tar, charred blueberries and hot rubber emerge from this study of using minimal amounts of new oak on a typically oak-aged variety.  Some may find the reductive nose challenging, but the palate is more approachable, with dark chocolate and cassis flavors." Matt Kettmann
 
Wine Spectator, January 2015
Rating 91 pts "Plush and savory, with boysenberry and smoky sage aromas, balanced by rich, layered flavors of blueberry, espresso and roasted herb.  The long finish leads to big and ripe tannins.  Drink now through 2022."  Tim Fish
Featured in Wine Spectator Insider

 
PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS

 

2011 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013
Rating 91 pts "The 2011 Chardonnay San Saba Vineyard is a big, medium to full-bodied effort that exhibits quality aromas and flavors of golden apple, cream, vanilla custard and buttered popcorn (in moderation).  Beautifully textured, rich, and with bright acidity keeping everything focused." Jeb Dunnuck

Vinous, August 2013
Rating 91 pts
  "The 2011 Chardonnay San Saba Vineyard emerges from the glass with almonds, lemon peel, pastry and spices.  Vibrant beams of acidity add focus and brightness, providing a striking backdrop to the richly textured fruit.  In 2011, the San Saba is gorgeous and distinctive from the very first taste."  Antonio Galloni
 


2011 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"Pliant, juicy orchard fruit and orange pith flavors are appealingly fleshy and focused, with notes of lemon pith and ginger gaining power with air.  Finished with very good tangy persistence and a strong echo of honeysuckle." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

Restaurant Wine, October 2013
Rating Exceptional (5 stars) "The Fermata ('halted', as in partial malolactic fermentation) is more complex, fleshy and full-bodied, with toast, creme brulee, apple, lemon, and pineapple aromas/flavors. Very fine quality and value".  Ronn Wiegand

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 90+ pts
  " Aged for 11 months in 25% new French oak, it displays a yellow gold color and aromas of orchard fruit with citrus and a hint of toast.  It is crisp and dry on the palate with light fruit and touches of vanilla and flower." IWR Tasting Panel
 

 
2011 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 91+ pts 
"The 3 Clone Chardonnay is an attractive blend of three clones from the Wrath estate (Mt. Eden, Wente, and Clone 4).  Yellow gold in color, it offers aromas of ripe orchard fruit with hints of citrus and melon.  Barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 11 mo. (60% new) it is ripe and rich in flavor yet reveals a cool climate focused character." IWR Tasting Panel

 
 
2012 Wrath Ex Anima Chardonnay

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"The Ex Anima Chardonnay offers aromas of citrus with hints of tropical fruit.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for four months, it displays light fruit flavors, a crisp mouthfeel with a note of roundness and a persistent finish.  Sourced from the San Saba Estate Vineyard."  IWR Tasting Panel


 
2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard

Vinous, August 2013
Rating 90 pts
"Dark cherries, plums, menthol, pomegranate, tobacco and earthiness meld together in the Pinot Noir San Saba Vineyard.  Here, too, the expression of fruit is quite open and soft within the context of the year.  The 22% whole clusters are nicely balanced.  A soft, supple finish makes the 2011 very difficult to resist."  Antonio Galloni

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"The Pinot Noir San Saba Vineyard displays more red fruited aromas and flavors than some of the other bottlings.  It is also somewhat more cool climate in character with less ripeness on the palate.  It has dark red berry fruit, pepper, and spice with soft round tannins and a long finish."  IWR Tasting Panel



2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard
 
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013
Rating 92 pts  "The 2011 Pinot Noir McIntyre Vineyard shows a pretty, seamless profile with plenty of pure black cherry, currants, underbrush, flower garden and rose petal aromas and flavors.  Beautifully textured, in a rich, supple style, it has nicely intergrated acidity and should offer solid drinking through 2012.  Jeb Dunnuck

Vinous, August 2013
Rating 90 pts  "The Pinot Noir McIntyre Vineyard wraps around the palate with succulent dark red fruit, flowers, sweet spices, and vanillin.  There is a suppleness to the 2011 that is quite attractive and also a bit unusual in young Wrath Pinots. I would prefer to drink the 2011 over the next few years, while the fruit retains its primal beauty." Antonio Galloni

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 92 pts 
"The 2011 Pinot Noir McIntyre Vineyard exhibits ripe and briary red berry fruit aromas and flavors.  It is nicely balanced with good fruit concentration, a soft texture and round tannins.  It is very supple and delicious with nicely integrated toasted oak and spices."  IWR Tasting Panel
 

 
2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013 
Rating 90 pts  "Another outstanding effort, the 2011 Pinot Noir Tondré Grapefield shows solid typicity with its red and black currant fruit, smoked herbs, and hints of background meatiness.  A medium-bodied, supple effort, it's delicious but best consumed over the coming 2-4 years."  Jeb Dunnuck

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 90+ pts
  "Sourced from this 100-acre vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Pinot Tondré Grapefield reveals aromas of fresh dark cherry, plum, oak and earth.  Utilizing 20% whole cluster fermentation, it is soft and round on the plalate with good red fruit flavor intensity."  IWR Tasting Panel
 

 
2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 91 pts
"High-pitched red berries and cherry pit on the fragrant, herb-laced nose.  Spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness and weight with air, picking up a hint of licorice on the way.  Shows very good energy and focus on the finish, leaving sweet red fruit notes behind."  Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer 

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 91 pts 
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyard exhibits ripe red berry fruit aromas and flavors from this high altitude vineyard.  Using 25% whole cluster fermentation with 11 months of aging in French oak (35% new) it shows hints of smoke and herbs and is full in the mouth, almost compote-like with suppleness and richness of fruit and flavor.  It is nicely balanced with soft round tannins and a persistent finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

Wine Enthusiast magazine, October 2014
Rating 94 pts
and Editor's Choice  "There’s something magical in the dirt of this vineyard, and <Wrath> makes it shine extra bright in this bottling. The nose combines cranberry and light pomegranate with a fennel funk. Next, the palate starts with a zing of acidity followed by layers of flavor. Red currant and raspberry morph to cola, mocha and dried lavender, then finish on tart cranberry." Matt Kettmann

 

2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, 115/667

Vinous, August 2013
Rating 92+ pts  "the 2011 Pinot Noir 115/667 is the most distinctive and compelling Pinot in this range.  Bright red cherries, savory herbs, mint and licorice all seem to jump from the glass.  This mid-weight, focused Pinot is laced with gorgeous aromatic overtones from the use of 20% whole clusters.  I very much like the sense of pure energy and focus here." Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"More impressive is the 2011 Pinot Noir 115/667.  Showing the darker side to Pinot fruit, with black raspberry, wild strawberry, spice and plenty of underbrush, this medium-bodied beauty has a full, rich mid-palate and pumps out loads of fruit on the finish.  It is an outstanding effort and should deliver plenty of pleasure over the coming 3-5 years." Jeb Dunnuck

 

2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, Swan/828

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 91 pts
"Mineral and spice tinged dark fruits on the nose.  Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier and sweeter in the mid-palate, offering lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by rose pastille and licorice.  Fine-grained tannins give shape to the impressively persistent finish, which leaves a sexy floral quality behind." Josh Raynolds
http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer 

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 91 pts
  "The 2011 Pinot Noir Swan/828 displays a medium ruby color and aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and loam.  Fermented in 20% whole cluster, it is very ripe and compote-like in the mouth with black cherry and plum flavors with a touch of earthiness and oak.  Aged 10 mo. in 50% new oak, it has soft round tannins and a long finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, Pommard 4/777

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 90 pts
"Aromas of cherry, dark berries, floral oils and orange pith with a subtle smoky top-note. Shows very good energy on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of bitter herbs.  The floral note comes back strong on the finish, which features silky tannins and subtle oak spices." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"The Pinot Noir Pommard 4/777 displays a medium dark ruby color and ripe flavors of black cherry fruit with hints of sweet oak.  Fermented 45% whole cluster, it is soft and very full and fat on the palate with rich and concentrated flavors, black pepper and spice and a long finish.  Aged 10 months in French oak, 45% new." IWR Tasting Panel

 

2011 Wrath Pinot Noir, Ex Vite

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 90 pts
"Sexy, oak-spiced red fruits and fresh flowers on the perfumed nose.  Sweet, seamless and nicely concentrated, offering fresh raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that put on weight with air.  Finishes smooth, smoky and long with velvet tannins that fade into the wine's plump fruit."  Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer 

 

2011 Wrath Ex Anima Pinot Noir

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 89 pts 
"Musky cherry and dark berries on the deeply scented nose.  Plush, broad, and gently sweet, offering blackberry and cherry compote flavors.  Closes with good spicy cut, sneaky tannins and a touch of candied dark fruit.  In a fairly lush style of Pinot, with the heft to work with strongly seasoned, rich foods." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

Restaurant Wine, October 2013
Rating Excellent (4 stars)  "Full bodied and ripely flavored, this is an excellent Pinot Noir in a fruity style.  It has fine character (plum, sage, baked cherry) with spicy overtones".  Great Value."  Ronn Wiegand 
 
 

2011 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013
Rating 91 pts  "A gorgeous Syrah that dishes out smoking notes of white pepper, crushed flowers, game and creamy black cherry and black raspberry, the 2011 Syrah Doctor's Vineyard is beautifully balanced with medium-bodied richness and sweet tannin.  Showing the perfumed, cooler climate side to Syrah on the nose, it has plenty of texture and grip."  Jeb Dunnuck

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 91 pts 
"High-pitched aromas of cherry pit, black raspberry and candied violet, with a peppery overtone.  Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors with notes of black olive and cracked pepper.  Deeper and fleshier on the finish, which is firmed by silky, harmonious tannins.  In an elegant style for New World Syrah but with no lack of power."  Josh Raynolds  http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

International Wine Review, December 2013
Rating 92 pts 
"This is a magnificent wine.  It reveals rich, opulent and concentrated dark berry fruit aromas on the nose with hints of red fruit, earth, and burnt toast.  It is amazingly pure, supple and rich in flavor, has a lush soft texture and a long persistent flavor.  This confirms our view that Doctor's Vineyard is among the finest sources for Syrah anywhere in California."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2011 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard

 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 90 pts 
"Fresh cherry, floral and peppery spice aromas, with a smoky overtone.  Chewy red fruit flavors give way to darker, deeper cassis and blueberry with air while maintaining vivacity.  A peppery nuance sharpens the fleshy finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of smoked meat."  Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

Wine Spectator, November 2013
Rating 92 pts 
"Offers an exotic range of rich flavors, with red berry, game meat, rhubarb, smoke, tobacco leaf, roasted herb and hot brick notes. Reminiscent of a Southern Rhône red. Drink now through 2022."  James Laube

 

2011 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013 
Rating 91 pts  "Slightly reductive with deep, meaty aromas and flavors of black currants, smoked meats and smoked herbs, the 2011 Syrah KW Ranch is medium to full-bodied, rich and shows solid mid-palate depth and juicy acidity.  It too is an outstanding effort to drink over the coming 4-5 years."  Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Spectator, November 2013
Rating 90 pts
  "A lively, zesty style, with a full range of spice, cherry, plum and tobacco notes, displaying graceful elegance and understated nuance. Drink now through 2021."  James Laube

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2013
Rating 90 pts  "Meaty, brooding aromas of dark plum, licorice and blackberry complemented by smoky oak and black pepper nuances.  Smooth and spicy on the palate, with pungent dark berry flavors sharpened by the wine's peppery quality. Fine-grained tannins give the smoke and spice accented finish good shape and grip."Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

Double Gold American Fine Wine Competition, January 2014
 
 

2011 Wrath Ex Anima Syrah

Wine Spectator, November 2013
Rating 92 pts 
 "Dense and layered, with a rich orchestration of flavors centered on exotic plum, blackberry, savory herb, game meat, fig and plum. Long and deep on the finish, ending with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2022. " James Laube

#1 - Best Value Syrah $35 and under The Wine Spectator


PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS


 

2011 Wrath Ex Anima Chardonnay

Restaurant Wine, October 2013
Rating Excellent (4 stars) "Ex Anima is a series of Wrath wines highlighting varietal freshness.  The Chardonnay is excellent: supple, full bodied, and fruity in character; a wine with good depth and a medium long finish, tasting of pineapple, candied lemon, tangerine, and lime.  Great value." Ronn Wiegand 

 

2010 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard

Rating 91 pts "The 2010 Chardonnay San Saba Vineyard is an intense wine that reflects the dualities of the Wente clone. It is rich, layered in its flavors, but at the same time there is more then enough minerality to balance the wine’s more extroverted qualities. This is a style that impresses for its freshness, vibrancy and pure energy." Antonio Galloni

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 91 pts "Spicy pear and Meyer lemon aromas are complemented by honey, chamomile, and anise.  Tangy and focused on entry, then broader and richer in the middle, offering fresh orchard fruit and candied orange flavors and a subtle touch of marzipan ." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

2010 Wrath Chardonnay, Fermata

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Pungent citrus pith and pear aromas, with suggestions of ginger and honey in the background.  The palate offers lemon curd and poached pear flavors braced and lifted by a zesty mineral nuance.  Shows very good energy on the clinging finish, which features clove and sweet butter." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

2010 Wrath Chardonnay, 3 Clone

International Wine Review
Rating 92 pts
" This is a rich tasting blend of three Chardonnay clones of the San Saba Vineyard (Mt. Eden, Wente and Clone Four). It reveals flavors of tropical fruit and melon with a hint of minerals. It is nicely structured with excellent balance, a lovely texture and a long finish." IWR Tasting Panel

 

Restaurant Wine, Issue #144
4+ stars
"Intensely flavored, supple in texture, and full bodied; an excellent Chardonnay with rich fruitiness (pineapple, candied lemon, melon), evident complexity (toast, roasted nut, spicy oak), and a long persistent finish.  Great value."  Ronn Wiegand


Wine Spectator, June online
Rating 90 pts  "
Exhibits intense citrus and tropical fruit flavors, with notes of guava, pineapple, peach and tangerine. Intense and persistent, echoing vanilla on the finish." James Laube

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 91+pts "Pungent cherry, blackberry and botanical herb scents, along with a spicy topnote and a slow-building vanilla nuance.  Lush, velvety red and dark berry flavors show liqueur-like intensity, with bright acidity adding spine and lift.  Comes off as both powerful and graceful ." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

International Wine Review, Dec 2012
Rating 91 pts
  "Ripe red berry aromas and flavors come together nicely in this delicious estate Pinot Noir.  It exhibits freshness and purity of red fruit flavors and reveals a silky texture, beautiful balance and a long persistant finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, Boekenoogen Vineyard

Wine Spectator, September 2013
Rating 91 pts
"Subtle and vibrant, with a gentle intensity that builds around the fine-grained tannins. Features mineral, wild berry, cranberry and raspberry notes, gaining depth and persistence on the long, fruity finish. " James Laube

 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2012
Rating 90 pts " The 2010 Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyard is a rich, overt wine for Wrath, but in the context of Santa Lucia Highlands, it remains relatively delicate and feminine.  The 20% whole clusters come through in the finessed, floral notes that grace the gently spiced finish.  The Boekenoogen impresses for its overall sense of harmony."  Antonio Galloni

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Cherry-vanilla and dark berry aromas and flavors are complicated by notes of cola and anise.  Sexy oak makes an early appearance but is quickly folded into the fruit.  This hefty but energetic pinot could handle rich red meat dishes." Josh Raynolds         http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Aromas and flavors of cherry-cola and black raspberry, with a hint of allspice coming up with air.  Juicy and penetrating, showing mounting richness and finishing with subtle tannins.  Very appealing now but has the depth to age." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

San Francisco Chronicle
Recommended "Wrath, a small-production winery, was formerly known San Saba Vineyards before a 2007 change in ownership within the family. Hints of tobacco leaf and dried herb underscore the pert cherry nose and bright palate of cherry tempered by hints of leather." July, 2012

 

International Wine Review, February 2013
Rating 92 pts
"This is a delicious Pinot Noir with forward aromas of dark cherries, spice and a hint of oak. It is soft and elegant on the palate with intensity of bright berry fruit flavors, good balance and a long elegant finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondré Grapefield

International Wine Review, February 2013
Rating 90 pts
"This is a lovely Pinot Noir of dark berry fruit, wet earth and minerals. It has a soft texture and a silky mouth feel with good intensity of black cherry fruit flavors, earth and forest floor flavors. Nicely balanced with good acidity and a long finish." IWR Tasting Panel

 

"Restaurant Wine, Issue #145
5 stars
The Tondré Grapefield is very ripely flavored, full bodied, and rich; a supple, generously flavored wine with moderate acidity and a long finish tasting of stawberry, plum jam, rose petal, sage, clove, and spicy oak.  Exceptional." Ronn Wiegand

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, Ex Vite

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Spicy raspberry and cherry on the nose, with suggestions of cola and dried flowers in the background.  Juicy on entry, then taut in the mid-palate, offering lively red berry preserve and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness with air.  Closes on a spicy note, with fine-grained tannnins and zesty cut."               Josh Raynolds  http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

International Wine Review, February 2013
Rating 90+ pts
"This Pinot Noir offers aromas of loam and dark cherry fruit and spice. It is soft and round on the palate with good flavor intensity and hints of brambly fruit. It is nicely balanced with high acidity and a long finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, Pommard 4/777

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 91 pts "Aromas and flavors of black raspberry and cola with sexy floral and spice cake nuances adding complexity.  Deeply flavored but light on its feet." Josh Raynolds
http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

International Wine Review, Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts
"The Pommard 4 and 777 clones are combined in this easy-drinking Pinot Noir.  It is medium-ruby in color with aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate and dry loam.  It is nicely balanced with firm tannins and a pleasant finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, 115/667

International Wine Review, February 2013
Rating 91 pts
"A blend of two clones, this Pinot Noir reveals fresh juicy red berry fruit on the nose and overall elegance on the palate. It is nicely focused and delicate with red fruit flavors, violets, spice and toasted oak with a long lingering finish."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Pinot Noir, Swan/828

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Vibrant aromas of red currant and cherry are lifted by notes of flowers and Asian spices.  Energetic, juicy flavors of red berries, bitter cherry and allspice dominate the palate.  This spicy, open-knit pinot finishes with good clarity and cut." Josh Raynolds   http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

2010 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2012
Rating 90 pts
  "The 2010 Syrah Doctor's Vineyard is another delicious offering from Wrath.  Dark red cherries, dried flowers, mint and grilled herbs are layered into an attractive, medium-bodied frame.  The 2010 shows lovely depth and inner perfume from start to finish.  The partial use of whole clusters (20%) gives the wine an additional dimension of lift."  Antonio Galloni

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 91 pts "Spicy, seductively perfumed bouquet of fresh cherry and dark berries, potpourri and smoky Indian spices.  Offers energetic, sharply focused cassis and bitter cherry on the palate with attractive star anise and floral pastille notes building in the glass." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

Rhone Report, December 2012
Rating 92 pts "Very perfumed and lively, it delivers a cool-climate array of crisp blackberry, leafy tobacco, earth,, pepper and violets that flows to a medium+ bodied Syrah that has a silky, seamless texture, integrated acidity, and a clean, classically focused finish.  Building on the palate, with solid length and firm tannin, it's a finesse driven, aromatic effort that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and shine for 8-10 years."                  Jeb Dunnuck

 

Wine Spectator, March 2012
Rating 90 pts 
Rich and layered, with spicy, beefy, peppery scents accented by fresh earth, new leather and cedary touches, ending with subtle minerality. Drink now through 2022."  James Laube

 

2010 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard

Wine Spectator, March 2013
Rating 93 pts
"Pure, rich and generous, displaying savory herb, blackberry, wild berry, tar and black licorice flavors that extend into Bolognese sauce accents, ending with a neatly tapered finish. Drink now through 2022."  Jame Laube

 

International Wine Review, Dec 2012
Rating 93 pts
  "This is an opaque ruby-colored Syrah with perfumy, ripe and pure blueberry fruit on the nose.  It is velvet smooth on the palate and with nicely concentrated flavors.  It has a long and delicious finish with round tannins.   It is delicious and beautifully crafted."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Spice accented aromas are complicated by subtle vanilla and lavender nuances.  Juicy, penetrating black and blue fruit flavors show an attractive blend of richness and vivacity, picking up a cracked pepper note with air." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer



Rhone Report, December 2012
Rating 91+ pts
"The 2010 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard is inky in color and delivers a knockout bouquet of mineral-drenched red and black berry fruit, smoked herbs, roasted meats, earth, and pepper.  The most dense and concentrated in the line-up, it nevertheless stays beautifully fresh and pure on the palate, with clean acidity, excellent purity, and a great finish.  Showing solid tannin grip, it will benefit from short term cellaring and thrill for over a decade."  Jeb Dunnuck

 

2010 Wrath Syrah, KW Ranch

Wine Spectator, January 2013
Rating 91 pts
"Combines richness with tiers of spice, blackberry, black peper, anise and sage.  Very complete, gliding along on the finish." James Laube

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts "Fresh dark berry and cherry aromas gain power with air, picking up notes of dried flowers and anise.  Sweet, concentrated black raspberry and candied violet flavors provide very good palate coverage and are nicely brightened by zesty minerals ." Josh Raynolds  http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

Rhone Report, December 2012
Rating 91+pts
"Slightly less exotic and wild, with plenty of raspberry, mineral, spice, and flowers, the 2010 Wrath Syrah KW Ranch is medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit.  As with the Doctor's Vineyard, it blossoms with air, has superb purity of fruit, and a mineral-tinged finish that keeps you coming back for another glass.  Enjoy it over the coming 7-8 years."  Jeb Dunnuck

 

2011 Wrath Ex Anima Syrah

Rhone Report, December 2012
Rating 90 pts "Upfront and intense, it stays classy and clean on the palate with juicy acidity, plenty of texture and a clean finish.  It is beautifully done, represents solid value, and should drink nicely for 5-6 years."              Jeb Dunnuck


International Wine Review, Dec 2012
Rating 90 pts 
"Made in the tank and aged in neutral barrels, this wine shows clean, pure fruit with notes of violets, bacon fat, and cracked pepper.  Chalky tannins show on a medium long finish. Very good."  IWR Tasting Panel

 

2010 Wrath Ex Anima Pinot Noir

"Must-Try Wine from Monterey"
"
A steal for the type of micro-batches being made at this small winery, the wine features notes of strawberries and cranberries and was aged ina acombination of stainless steel and neutral oak to emphasize the fruit characteristics." Jessica Yadegaran, San Jose Mercury News

 

2011 Wrath Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc

International Wine Review, February 2013
Rating 90 pts
"A delicious steel tank-fermented Sauvignon Blanc revealing fragrant aromas of citrus, juniper berries and slate. On the palate, it is crisp and fresh tasting with excellent acidity and balance and a clean lingering finish. Well done." IWR Tasting Panel

 

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
 "Exceptional- Not really New Zealand in style although the first whiff is akin to it.   After that there is juniper, dried herbs, a trace of bell pepper, and a depth reminiscent of Sancerre.  Brilliant work by winemaker Sabrine Rodems. " Dan Berger

 

Restaurant Wine
5 stars "
Exceptional Sauvignon; Sancerre-like.  It is supple, medium full bodied, crisp, and very long on the finish, tasting of green apple, lime, honey, lemon grass, guava, and pineapple." Ronn Wiegand

 

PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS


 

2009 Wrath Syrah, Fairview Vineyard

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 91+ pts
" A beautiful Syrah and perhaps our most favorite wine of the entire Wrath portfolio, this wine shows abundant fruit, but it's the roast meat, earth, chocolate and black pepper that provide the complexity that makes this wine so enjoyable. It's rich, focused, and finishes very long. Absolutely first rate! " IWR Tasting Panel

 

 Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2011
Rating 90 pts
"This wine is full-bodied and extraordinarily rich, with massive blackberry and blueberry jam, Canadian bacon, sandalwood, and pepper flavors. It's so sweetly delicious, you just want to keep on drinking". Steve Heimoff      

                                                                                                                   

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2011 
Rating 90 pts
"Inky purple. Intense aromas of dark berry preserves, olive tapenade, violet and cracked pepper. Sappy, palate staining blackberry and mulberry flavors are complicated by notes of licorice and bitter chocolate, with a smoky nuance in the background. Finishes with good clarity and a suave lingering touch of candied flowers." Josh Raynolds  www.wineaccess.com/tanzer 



Rhone Report, December 2011                                                                                                                                             Rating 92 pts "Similar to the Doctor's Syrah with its edgy acidity and more tight feel, the 2009 Wrath Syrah Fairview Vineyard (100% Syrah aged for 10 months in 30% new French oak) carries superb aromatics of black currant, blackberry, violet, lavender, smoked meats, and wet stone like minerality on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied Syrah that has excellent purity of fruit, integrated acidity, and a fair amount of fine-grained tannin that emerges on the finish. It should benefit from another year or two in bottle, and have a solid 5-8 years of prime drinking." Jeb Dunnuck

 

2009 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard

Rhone Report, December 2011
Rating 91 pts "
Coming from some of the highest elevation vines in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2009 Wrath Syrah Doctor's is 100% Syrah that's aged for 11 months in 30% new French oak. Showing violets, smoked meat, black pepper, and olive-like characteristics on the nose, this gorgeously put together wine fleshes out on the palate with a full-bodied, rich, fleshy texture, notable balance, vibrant acidity, fine tannin, and a long, classically styled finish." Jeb Dunnuck

 

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 91 pts
“The Doctor's Vineyard Syrah is an elegant wine that is fully flavored palate and of excellent volume. Dark plum, smoke and graphite show on the nose with an addition of violets and blue fruit on the palate. Delicious." IWR Tasting Panel

 

2009 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard  

Wine Spectator, March 2012
Rating 93 pts "
Combines density with structure, depth and finesse, built around tiers of wild berry, blueberry, cola and loamy earth, ending with a long, layered finish." James Laube

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2011
Rating 90 pts
"Medium Red. Highly perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, Asian spices and vanilla. Lush, sappy, and energetic, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors complicated by suave rose pastille and baking spice qualities. Finishes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and good cut." Josh Raynolds  www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 90 pts
"The San Saba Pinot Noir is a beautiful intensely flavored, juicy wine with a long, long finish. A melange of dark cherry, loam and some oak suffuse the palate." IWR Tasting Panel  

 

2009 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard

Wine Spectator, March 2012
Rating 93 pts "
Rich-textured, deep and firm, with complex boysenberry, blackberry and wild berry fruit that’s tight, focused, structured and persistent, gaining nicely on the finish, where the berry flavors are persistent." James Laube

 

International Wine Review, October 2011                                                                                                           Rating 92 pts "The McIntyre Vineyard Pinot Noir is the most focused and well-structured of the numerous Pinot Noirs offered by Wrath. It shows hugely concentrated fruit with spice notes on the nose and palate along with a somewhat leaner mouthfeel and firm tannins. It's made of 100% 115 clone and sees about 45% new oak and 20% whole cluster fermentation. Delicious." IWR Tasting Panel

 


2009 Wrath Pinot Noir, Tondre Grapefield

The Pinot Report, September 2012  Rating 92 pts "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex stewed plum and dark cherry aromas with earth and forest floor notes; rich, deep stewed cherry flavors with earthy, anise notes; some tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex and nuanced Pinot with terrific structure and flavor." Greg Walter
 


Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2011                                                                        Rating 91pts "Bright ruby-red.  Intense, highly perfumed aromas of red and dark berry preserves, vanilla, allspice and cola, with a smoky overtone.  Supple, appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry compote flavors show very good intensity, picking up notes of licorice and candied flowers with air.  The sweet, gently tannic finish repeats the cherry note and clings with impressive tenacity." Josh Raynolds http://www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

 

International Wine Review, October 2011                                                                                                            Rating 91pts "The Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir is a well-focused wine, linear and firm, with violets, dark cherry, and pomegranate on the nose and good fruit concentration with a touch of cocoa on the palate." IWR Tasting Panel

 

2009 Wrath Pinot Noir, 115/667

Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2012

 Wine Spectator, December 2011
Rating 90 pts
"Sleek and well structured, with a dash of cola joining the ripe cherry and berry fruit, this fans out nicely and gains complexity and depth without weight." James Laube

 

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 91 pts
"This blend of the 115 and 667 Pinot Noir clones exhibits intense fruit and fatness on a full, round palate that reveals dark cherry, earth, and a hint of stems. It sees 45% new oak and 20% whole cluster fermentation. Finishes with a nice length and notable purity." IWR Tasting Panel

 

2009 Wrath Pinot Noir, Pommard 4/777

Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2012

Wine Spectator, December 2011
Rating 91 pts
"A firmer, tighter expression of Pinot, with an emphasis on Pommard clones, this nonetheless delivers a complex mix of savory herb, berry, cola and light oak shadings, with the fruit gradually working through the tannins and gaining the upper hand." James Laube

 

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 91 pts
"Although this blend of Pommard 4 and 777 clones sees the same 45% new oak as the 115/667 blend and just slightly (30%) more whole cluster fermentation, it reveals more assertive savory earth, stem and light vanilla notes. It shows concentrated fruit on a velvet palate." IWR Tasting Panel

 

2009 Wrath Chardonnay, Fermata

Double Gold  San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2012

International Wine Review, October 2011
Rating 91 pts "
This solid yellow Chardonnay is not allowed to complete secondary malo fermenation, thus the name Fermata. The wine shows a rich, complex nose and flavors of ripe tropical fruit, hazelnut and coconut with bright acidity. Made from a barrel selection of old Wente clones, it's aged in 55 percent new French oak. Delicious, in the California style." IWR Tasting Panel 

 

"Full blown, almost over the top, but somehow still elegant. Insanely delicious." Winethropology, SM 11/9/11


PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS


 

2008 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard

Wine Spectator, July 2010
Rating 91 pts “
Supperich and concentrated, ripe and fleshy, delivering a medley of honeydew melon, hazelnut, fig and apricot. Full-bodied, gaining depth and richness, ending with a honeyed aftertaste.”        —James Laube

International Wine Review, July 2010
Rating 92+ pts "
The dark yellow straw San Saba Vineyard Chardonnay is Fermata plus. It's fermented in 70 percent new oak and shows a lemon marmalade-like nose with a hint of smoke. The palate is unctous, dense with rich tropical flavors of mango, coconut and even a dulce de leche note. A gorgeous, opulent wine that is wonderful to sip but requires very careful pairing with food."
—Donald Winkler

 

2008 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard 

Wine of the Year, Best of Show, Best Red  Monterey Wine Competition 2011

The Wine Enthusiast, November 2010
Rating 90 pts
“The vineyard bears only a Monterey appellation, but the location is strategically close to both the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Arroyo Seco. The wine is quite good, racy in acidity and dry. It offers complex flavors of strawberries and cherries, with earthier notes of sauteed wild mushrooms and mulch. A real success, and a wine that will pick up bottle complexity over the next 4-5 years.”
—Steve Heimoff
 

Wine Review Online, September 2010
Rating 91 pts "
Rare is the California Pinot Noir that exploits the lean, wild side of this unique grape rather than the plump lushness typical of Pinot grown in the famously intense California sun. While Wrath's San Saba Pinot is still absurdly young, its smoky, meaty, mushroomy elements will still satisfy palates that yearn for a hint of the untamed feral flavors true Pinot lovers crave. This is not, however, one of those pale, skeletal wines many enophiles seek out in Burgundy, for Wrath's Pinot is awash in concentrated cherry and strawberry elements embeded in layers of silky tannins"
— Marguerite Thomas
 

2009 Wrath Sauvignon Blanc, San Saba Vineyard

Recommended ... Central Coast Sauvignon Blancs, 9/12/2010
one of only six recommended "a grassy, more herbal style, with gooseberry and honeydew aromas and flavors. Very light on its feet."
—Lynne Char Bennett, SF Chronicle staff writer

International Wine Review, July 2010
Rating 89 pts "
An enticing combination of bracing New Zealand-like pungent gooseberry and tropical California fruit typical of the Musque clone. The nose is clean with mineral and gooseberry notes, while the palate is full-flavored and round. It finishes clean, long, and crisp. A very well made wine."
—Donald Winkler

 

2009 Wrath Ex Anima Chardonnay

International Wine Review, July 2010
Rating 91 pts “The Ex Anima Chardonnay is perhaps the most delicious un-wooded Chardonnay I've ever tasted and quite different from what one would expect, starting with its yellow straw-gold color.  It's mostly fermented in stainless steel with a small percent fermented in neutral oak with stirred lees, and it sees no malo. It's made from old vine, self-rooted Clone Four, which gives the wine its rich tropical mango nose.  There's an abundance of gorgeous, rich mango and pineapple fruit on the palate and a very long finish.  Huge for an un-wooded Chardonnay .”
—Donald Winkler

 

 

2008 Wrath Pinot Noir, McIntyre Vineyard

Burghound, Issue 45, 1st Quarter 2012                                                                                                                            Rating 91 pts "A moderately high-toned nose offers up notes of mostly red berry fruit liqueur aromas that are liberally sprinkled with top notes of cranberry and lavender. There is excellent delineation to the balanced and impressively persistent finish that also delivers fine depth. This is lovely and while it could be drunk now I would advise holding it for a few more years first."

—Allen Meadows  

 

2008 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay

International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2010
Rating 90 pts “Bright yellow.  Fresh orchard fruit and melon aromas are complicated by notes of smoky lees and honey, with a bright lemony note adding energy.  Juicy, expansive pear and honeydew flavors show fine depth and clarity, with gentle smokiness and oak spice on the back half.  For a deeply flavored wine this is pretty lithe.  Finishes with good citrus bite and lingering spiciness.”
—Josh Raynolds www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

International Wine Review, July 2010
Rating 92 pts
 “The Fermata Chardonnay is an amazing wine, the kind that can convert an ABC drinker into a Chardonnay lover.  Dark yellow straw in color, the nose is a wonder of honey, lemon curd, and lemon tart.  The palate shows huge depth and complexity with completely intergrated oak.  But this isn't one of those California Chardonnays that one has to sip like a dessert wine; it has the acidity and brightness to beautifully compliment roasted fowl.  The wine is made from a barrel selection of old Wente clone vines with very small berries.  About half the oak is new, and the malo fermentation is stopped at the halfway point, thus the name "fermata".”
—Donald Winkler

Wine Spectator, August2010
Rating 89 pts “Firm, intense and complex, displaying spicy pineapple, melon, pear, and floral scents.  Full-bodied and elegant, with a persistent finish.  Drink now through 2014.”
—James Laube

2008 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands 

International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2010
Rating 90 pts “ Inky purple.  Powerful aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis and violet, with mounting licorice and dark chocolate qualities.  Fleshy, deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur flavors are energized by peppery spice notes and show a smoky, oaky character.  The oak fades into the lush fruit on a long, broad finish.  Serve this with the richest lamb or beef dishes.”
—Josh Raynolds www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

Wine Spectator Insider, January, 2011
Rating 91 pts
“ A dense, chewy, rustic and potent youngster, exhibiting firm pepper, spice, wild berry and dried berry flavors that are full-bodied and complex, ending with drying tannins that string out the flavors.  Best from 2012 through 2020.”
—James Laube

International Wine Review, July 2010
Rating 92 pts
“The opaque, purple Doctor's Vineyard Syrah is quite simply an exceptional wine- complex, rich, and deeply flavored.  Made from both free run and pressed juice and aged in about 30 percent new French oak, the wine shows dark cherry, chocolate, smoke, and savory meat on the nose.  It is smooth on the attack and full, ripe and rich on a beautifully balanced palate.  Even better than the 2007 vintage, in our opinion.”
—Donald Winkler

The Wine Advocate, Issue #190
Rating 89+ pts “ An intriguing wine that could easily merit an outstanding score with another year or so of bottle age, this full-bodied Syrah displays cool-climate, earthy, bay leaf, black currant and black cherry notes with some subtle hints of barbecue smoke and forest floor. The complexity of the wine almost recalls a top Burgundy, but the density of fruit and ripeness are all Syrah. A provocative wines, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years and possibly improve.”
—Robert Parker


PREVIOUS VINTAGE REVIEWS


2007 Wrath Chardonnay, San Saba Vineyard 

The Wine Advocate, Issue #184
Rating 92 pts “The beautiful 2007 Chardonnay San Saba Vineyard exhibits notes of orange, lemon blossom, and citrus oil, a strong crushed rock-like minerality, medium to full body, and excellent acidity. While enjoyable now, I would not be surprised to see even more emerge after 6-12 more months of bottle age”
—Robert Parker

 
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar  Nov/Dec '09
Rating 90 pts
“Bright yellow.  Fresh pit fruit and tangerine on the nose, with notes of baking spices and vanilla adding complexity.  Lush but focused, with sweet citrus and white peach flavors and a hint of marzipan.  Rich enough to handle creamy fish or poultry dishes but this wine doesn't come off as heavy-handed.”
— Josh Raynolds www.wineaccess.com/tanzer
 
Wine News    Sept/Oct/Nov '09
Rating 93 pts
“Light white-gold hue. Distinct scents of oak, mint and forest floor.  Buttery integration of grapefruit and big oak flavors deliver a wonderful richness.  Toasted grain and citrus elements round out the finish with a superb backing of lemon-tinged acidity.”
 

Restaurant Wine Issue #130
4+ out of 5 stars
(4+ out of 5 Stars)
"Very ripely flavored and full bodied; this is rich, supple Chardonnay, with complex character (peach, vanilla, honey, roasted nut, spicy oak, sweet corn), and a very long finish."
— Ronn Wiegand

 

2007 Wrath Pinot Noir, San Saba Vineyard

The Wine Advocate Issue #184
Rating 91 pts “The dark ruby-hued 2007 Pinot Noir San Saba Vineyard reveals an attractive, Burgundian-styled beet root, black currant, and cherry-scented bouquet, medium to full body, silky tannin, good acids, and a real terroir character. It should drink well for 3-4 years."
— Robert Parker

 

2007 Wrath Syrah, Doctor's Vineyard

 The Wine Enthusiast, November 2009
Rating 94 pts
"Syrah is the secret weapon of the Highlands  and Wrath has produced a very fine one in this massive '07.  Made in the Northern Rhone style, it's dark, full-bodied and dry, with rich flavors of blackberries, currants, beef jerky, dark chocolate, black pepper, violets and plenty of smoky oak.  Brilliant and compelling.  Now through 2013."
— Steve Heimoff

 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar  Nov/Dec '09
Rating 90 pts
“Deep ruby.  Complex aromas of blackbery, violet, tobacco and smoky Indian spices.  Deep in flavor but not excessively weighty, offering sweet dark berry flavors and a note of bitter cherry.  Supple tannins add support and carry through the persistent, gently sweet and smoky finish.”
— Josh Raynolds www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

International Wine Review , December 2009
Rating 91 pts
  "A superb Syrah from Doctor's Vineyard revealing a dark ruby hue and ripe smoky black fruit aromas. Soft and elegant on the palate with concentrated black fruit flavors, toasted oak, soft round tannins and beautiful balance.  Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.  A terrific wine!"
— The IWR Tasting Panel

 The Wine Advocate Issue #184
Rating 89+
“A new producer for me, Wrath’s 2007 Syrah Doctor’s Vineyard offers a big, sweet kiss of meat juices intermixed with pepper, black currants, and spicy box. This deep ruby/purple-tinged, spicy, medium to full-bodied Syrah exhibits plenty of cassis and blackberry fruit supported by good underlying acidity as well as structure. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years”
— Robert Parker

 

2008 Wrath Sauvignon Blanc, San Saba Vineyard

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences #38
Very Highly Recommended
 "I tasted an utterly fascinating Sauvignon Blanc the other day that had the smell we have long since abandoned in the varietal: a green, herbal and grass-y component that once defined the grape in cooler climates... The aromas of herbs the way we saw them regularly in the 1970's makes this love-or-hate wine distinctive.  But low (12.7%) alcohol and great acidity make it a lot more distinctive than many New Zealand SBs!"
— Dan Berger

Connoisseur's Guide, February 2010
Rating 89 pts
  "This medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc rings all the right bells in its march to attractiveness, even while tilting heavily to the green side of the varietal spectrum.  Its balance is bright, and energetic without being excessively tart, and its finish hangs on and on with the tangy influences of green citrus blending in with traces of more melony flavors."

 

2008 Wrath Sauvignon Blanc, Destruction Level 

The Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
Rating 89 pts 
 "Very rich and layered, a dry, crisply acidic wine that gets the mouth watering the way a Sauvignon Blanc should.  Shows flavors of citrus fruits, gooseberries, green grass, vanilla, and minerals with a touch of tart pyrazines."
— Steve Heimoff

Connoisseur's Guide, Februrary 2010
Rating  89 pts 
 "With an extra bit of body and what seems like a little less acidity, this one turns out to be the richer of the two.  It avoids the steely bite of its mate above, but comes with a toasty overlay seemingly derived from a bit of oak aging.  It also has distinct grassy notes and a somewhat rounded feel on the palate, and its style wants service with richer fish or chicken dishes."

 

2007 Wrath 877/Noir Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands

International Wine Review , December 2009
Rating 90 pts 
 "The 877/Noir is another attractive Syrah from Wrath.  It exhibits dark fruit aromas and is nicely concentrated on the palate with dark cherry and plum flavors, black pepper, and herbal notes.  It has a velvety smooth mouth feel with excellent balance and noteworthy acidity on the finish.  Aged for 11 months in neutral Franch and American oak barrels."
— The IWR Tasting Panel

The Wine Enthusiast , November 2009
Rating 89 pts 
 "This is a generous, likable syrah for drinking soon.  It's dark in color, full-bodied, and dry with ripe flavors of  blackberries, plums, cola, anise, sandlewood and peppery spices.  The soft tannins help the wine finish rich and silky."
— Steve Heimoff