Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery

Vinous • 93 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2015 Pinot Noir, Stone Corral Vineyard

(68% whole clusters and 60% new French oak) Pale Ruby. A highly expressive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, cola, candied rose and vanilla, along with a smokey mineral overtone. Concentrated yet lively in the mouth, showing excellent clarity and spicy lift to the spice-laced raspberry liqueur, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors. Shows impressove tension and thrust on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with bright, mineral presence.

- Josh Raynolds

Vinous • 92 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2016 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley Estate

(12% whole clusters and 25% new French oak) Limpid ruby-red. Fresh red berry, cherry, succulent herbs and a hint of rose oil on the pungent nose. Bitter cherry, raspberry, and floral pastille flavors unfold slowly while picking up allspice and licorice accents. Shows good depth and gentle grip on a sweet, clinging finish that features smooth tannins and a touvh of the cola.

- Josh Raynolds

2017 Rosé • Vinous • 90 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Edna Valley

(all whole clusters and raised in stainless steel tanks) Pale orange. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, orange zest, succulent flowers and chalky minerals. Vibrant strawberry, cherry and tangerine flavors steadily put on weight with aeration. Smoothly blends power and finesse and shows impressive tension on the finish, where the mineral and red fruit notes return.

- Josh Raynolds

Vinous • 90 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2016 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

(27% new French oak) Light yellow. Aromas of ripe peach, poached pear and honey, along with subtle floral and oak spice notes. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering gently sweet orchard and pit fruit flavors that pick up a vanilla accent on the back half. Closes on a smoky note, displaying repeating spiciness and clinging pear character.

- Josh Raynolds

2016 Pinot Gris • Vinous • 90 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2016 Pinot Gris, Spanish Springs Vineyard

(made entirely with whole clusters and all stainless steel) Light bright yellow. Ripe pear, Meyer lemon, chamomile and a hint of leesiness on the perfumed nose. Chewy and nicely concentrated, offering pear nectar, lemon pith and smoky mineral flavors that pick up a gingery nuance with aeration. Lingers with very good tenacity on the finish, leaving lively floral and orchard fruit notes behind.

- Josh Raynolds

2016 Albariño • Vinous • 89 Points • January 2019

Stephen Dooley

Source: Vinous • January 2019

2016 Albariño, Spanish Springs Vineyard

(all stainless steel) Bright green-tinged straw. Lively citrus and orchard fruit aromas show good energy and dusty mineral and floral nuances. Silky and focused on the palate, offering nervy lemon pith and honeysuckle flavors and a suggestion of bitter quinine. In a taut, lively style, delivering firm closing bite and repeating florality.

- Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast • 93 Points • October 2018

Stephen Dooley

Source: Wine Enthusiast • October 2018

2015 Pinot Noir, Escolle Vineyard

Black cherry, orange peel, tarragon and slate show on the rather rich and ripe nose of this bottling by Stephen Ross Dooley. The palate is more tightly wound and restrained in its expression, offering elegant red plum, dried rose petals, orange rind and a hint of lavender.

- Matt Kettmann

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/stephen-ross-2015-escolle-vineyard-pinot-noir-santa-lucia-highlands/

Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • October 2018

Stephen Dooley

Source: Wine Enthusiast • October 2018

2015 Grenache, Bee Sweet Vineyard

Lively aromas of sumac, cinnamon, hibiscus, plum, lavender and turned earth make for a very compelling, layered and sexy entry to the nose of this bottling. The palate shows more restraint, with rosewater, tangy red-plum skins and tart pomegranate flavors, wrapped in taut tannins.

- Matt Kettmann

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/stephen-ross-2015-bee-sweet-vineyard-grenache-edna-valley/

Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • October 2018

Stephen Dooley

Source: Wine Enthusiast • October 2018

2016 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley Estate

Though the nose on this bottling is somewhat restrained, the aromas that do show are quite deep and dark, with boysenberry, alpine strawberry, purple flowers and cola. There is a nice pop to the acid-driven sip, where tart pomegranate and black-raspberry flavors meet with wet slate and a grippy texture.

- Matt Kettmann

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/stephen-ross-2016-pinot-noir-edna-valley/

Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • September 2018

Stephen Dooley

Source: Wine Enthusiast • September 2018

2016 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

Salted apple and white peach aromas meet with a lemony edge, hint of toast and flash of sandalwood on the nose of this bottling. There is strong energy to the sip, where tangy waves of lemon candy meet with warmer flavors of pan-seared apple.

- Matt Kettmann