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2019 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

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2018 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

2017 Wayfarer Mother Rock Pinot

2017 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

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2016 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

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2014 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

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2013 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

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2012 Pinot Noir Mother Rock

Current Release
96+ points
2019 MR WA
Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, June 2021

The 2019 Pinot Noir Mother Rock comes from Mt. Eden and 777 clone fruit. It has a medium ruby-purple color and takes time to unfold to form scents of graphite and dashi, with plush, ripe red and blackberry fruit and notes of dried lavender and star anise. The palate is spectacular, satiny in texture and fanning out to dark, spicy flavors with a fresh burst of acidity and a very long, layered finish. It deserves another 2-3 years in bottle.

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98 points
2018 MR
Antonio Galloni,, April 2020

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Mother Rock is dense, heady and explosive, with tremendous concentration, unctuous sweetness and exceptional balance. Ripe red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, cloves and leather infuse the 2018 with tremendous character. In this range, the Mother Rock stands out for its bright red berry fruit and chalky, white pepper overtones that confer freshness. This is such a gorgeous, arrestingly beautiful wine. I loved it."

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96 points
2017 MR
Jeb Dunnuck,, June 2019

"A mix of clones 37 and 777 from shallower, rocky soils, the 2017 Pinot Noir Mother Rock was mostly destemmed and brought up all in 50-60% new French oak. Not harvested until October 2, it offers a more ruby color as well as a Burgundian profile in its darker cherry, earth, spice, and underbrush aromas and flavors. More medium-bodied, silky and elegant, it's lightly textured, has moderate tannins, beautiful balance, and a clean finish. It shines for its incredible purity and elegance more than power and richness, and should evolve beautifully for over a decade."

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96+ points
Jeb Dunnuck,, August 2019

“With a deep, incredibly floral character as well as classic jammy raspberries, toasted bread, and spice aromatics, this beauty is more full-bodied and powerful, with building tannin, obvious oak, and a great finish. Young and unevolved, hide bottle for at least 2-3 years.”

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96 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Youthfully flippant, this block of the Wayfarer Vineyard is sitting largely in sandstone, where the grapes pull remarkably revealing minerality from the soil. Racy and flinty, this medium-bodied, structured and flirty wine dances in a generosity of rich red fruit, raspberry mostly, seasoned in clove and cardamom that’s fresh and incredibly seductive. Still, it’ll age; drink now through 2024.

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96 points
James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, May 2017

This is a seamless wine with ultra-fine tannins and beautiful glycerin texture. Mineral. Full body, superb depth and length. Yes! Drink or hold.

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95 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

Brooding in dark cherry and earthy spice, this fully figured wine offers well-integrated oak. With a savory and powerful profile, it has a forceful grip on the palate accented by black tea, truffle and juicy vibrancy. From a mix of clones (37 and Dijon 777), some fermented whole-cluster, this is a structured wine from a meticulously farmed coastal site.

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