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The Albatross 2017

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast

All varietal and aged in 100% new French oak, the aromas offer notes of ripe black cherry, incense and char. Rich, intense fruit flavors follow. It’s a big hammer of a wine, bringing power like only this producer can bring it. Toast notes linger on the finish.

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN


The Evil Twin 2018

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast

An 80-20 blend, the aromas provide appeal, with notes of iron and other minerals along with plum and dark fruit. Dense, layered, rich blue- and black-fruit flavors follow, with plenty of tannins providing the scaffolding. It’s a hedonistic delight, made in this producer’s trademark power-packed style.”

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN


The Devil You Know 2018

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, its barrel aromas are out front initially, with notes of coffee and baking spice followed by cherry. Plentiful pit-fruit flavors follow, showing a lovely sense of balance. It’s thoroughly delicious.”

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN



The Devil You Don’t Know 2018

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Like many wines from this producer, this one puts an emphasis on hedonism, and it brings plenty of it. Plum, coffee, mineral, nougat and cassis aromas lead to ripe, intense but still-balanced fruit flavors that pack a big punch.”

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN


The Bully 2017

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Blended with 8% Petit Verdot and aged in 90% new French oak, this wine’s roasted coffee-bean and dark-chocolate aromas are up front, followed by notes of cherry liqueur. Plentiful, sensuous chocolate and cherry flavors follow, lingering on the finish. It shows both the vintage and the winery’s hedonistic style.”

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN


Zachary’s Ladder 2018

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

It seems that 2018 was a bountiful vintage, and this wine offers its cornucopia of fruit. Cherry- and raspberry-gummy aromas are followed by plump, rounded fruit flavors that show impressive depth, layering and plenty of structure to support it all.

-SEAN P. SULLIVAN



The Devil You Know 2017

91 Points – Wine Spectator

Gutsy, showing a sense of refinement, with intense black cherry, espresso and loamy spice flavors that build tension on the way to big but polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2029. 1,000 cases made.” — TF


The Albatross Cabernet Reserve 2016

91+ Points – Wine Advocate

Barrel fermented and aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak barrels, the 2016 The Albatross boasts a bold, vibrant and dense core of black fruit tones, blackberry essence, dark plum and dusty cherry skin, swaying out of the glass with impressions of spice and elegant oak tones. Full-bodied, the palate is chewy with a spicy line through to the mid-palate, showing a balanced structure with power and finesse. Lingering with a long and thoughtful finish, a bold blackberry jus flavor weighs on the palate with persistence and pleasure. Only 150 cases were made. It’s simply delicious.“- AM


The F.O.G. Old Vine Cabernet 2016

92+ Points – Wine Advocate

With an explosive nose, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Fog Kiona Old Block bursts from the glass with lush, ripe and bold black fruit aromas with skillful use of integrated oak lifting the floral bouquet. Full-bodied, the palate shows power and restraint, packing a balanced structure with lifting tannins and energetic acidity across the mid-palate. The wine ends with a long and thoughtful finish with juicy plum notes entwined with mocha and elegant oak flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. 150 cases produced. Well done! I just might have to finish the glass.” – AM



The Big Sissy 2018

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

For a producer typically known for its brawny wines, this one has that but also a lovely sense of subtlety, with notes of chalk, cardamom and plentiful barrel spice. The peach flavors bring nuance with their creamy, full feel. A warm, fruit-filled finish caps it off.

– SEAN P. SULLIVAN


Old Scratch Cabernet 2017

92 Points – Wine Spectator

Expressive and polished, with a beam of lively black cherry, fresh violet and espresso flavors that glide toward sleek tannins. Drink now through 2028. 1,000 cases made. “— TF


The Bully 2016

94 Points – Wine Spectator

“Deeply structured and precisely detailed, offering compelling blackberry and brooding dark spice flavors, with flinty minerality that builds tension toward well-buffed tannins. Best from 2021 through 2029. 600 cases made.” — TF



Zachary’s Ladder 2017

92 Points – The Wine Spectator

“Structure meets polish and style, with a tight beam of lively blackberry and cherry flavors, laced with crushed stone accents that build tension toward broad-shouldered tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2029. 1,000 cases made.” — TF


The Devil You Know 2016

93 Points – The Wine Spectator

“Polished and refined, with expressive black cherry, orange peel and bittersweet chocolate flavors that build richness toward fine tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 1,200 cases made.” — TF


The Pixie 2015

92 Points – The Wine Spectator

“Bold yet polished, with blueberry, crushed stone and black olive flavors that build toward big but refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.”

-Tim Fish, The Wine Spectator