Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery

2013 Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast • 94 Points • September, 2016

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2013 Pinot Noir, Stone Corral Vineyard

A rich and slightly feral quality characterizes this bottling by Steve Dooley, with aromas of elderberry, slate, fennel, dried purple flowers and raw lamb and beef. The palate is dynamic and evolving, with lavender, rose hip, tar and black pepper. It's powerful and strongly flavored, yet not overly rich.

Vinous • 92 Points • September, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Stone Corral Vineyard

Vivid ruby. Intense cherry-cola and black raspberry scents are accented by allspice and fresh flowers. Juicy, deeply concentrated red and dark berry flavors pick up energy with aeration, along with a suave candied rose nuance. Closes on an emphatic floral note, with smooth tannins arriving late. - Josh Raynolds

Vinous • 90 Points • September, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Chorro Creek

Ruby-red. Aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and cola, plus an earthy overtone. Pungent, palate-staining cherry and blackberry flavors are enlivened by a zesty mineral nuance. The dark berry and smoke notes repeat on the long, smoky, gently sweet finish. Plenty of heft here. - Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast • 92 Points • August 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyards

Steve Dooley heads a bit south from his San Luis Obispo winery for grapes from this historic vineyard, producing a wine with scents of fresh pomegranate, black plums, sweet sage and graphite. The palate shows squeezed red cherry fruit that grows in complexity with sagebrush and pine sap elements. -M.K.

Wine Enthusiast • 90 Points • July 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This Pinot delivers aromas of rose petals, red currants, eucalyptus, rhubarb and crushed cranberries. The palate is driven by herbs, from marjoram to thyme, and layered across a tight and lively base of fresh-squeezed, tart cranberry juice. - M.K. 

Wine Enthusiast • 92 Points • July, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Chorro Creek

This wine, from veteran winemaker Steve Dooley, shows an herbal side on the nose, with charred pine prominent, alongside licorice and dried strawberries. The palate combines cranberry and pomegranate with healthy amounts of sage. - M.K. 

PinotReport • 90 Points • May, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Medium light ruby color; earthy, cherry aromas with spice notes; ripe, focused cherry and raspberry flavors with spice and cranberry notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Full flavored, nice Pinot.

PinotReport • 92 Points • May, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley

Medium ruby color; deep nose of dark cherry, spice and earth; rich, dark cherry and plum flavors laced with cinnamon notes; lush texture; good structure and balance; long finish. This is a lush Pinot with nice texture and flavors.

PinotReport • 90 Points • May, 2015

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2013 Pinot Noir, Chorro Creek

Medium ruby color; bright, earthy aromas of cherry, boysenberry and light cola; focused flavors of cherry and red raspberry, with pomegranate and tea accents; good structure and balance; long finish. Focused and lively Pinot with terrific flavors.

PinotReport • 93 Points • May, 2015

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2013  Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyards

Medium ruby color; spiced plums and cherry aromas with spicy oak notes; full and complex with dark cherry, raspberry and plum flavors; good structure and balance; long finish. Velvety, great textured Pinot with a lot to like.