Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery

2014 pinot noir

Wine Enthusiast • 92 Points • June 2017

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2014 Pinot Noir, Stone Corral Vineyard, Estate

Dried red cherries, turned earth and wild herbs show on the nose of this bottling from the vineyard that winemaker Stephen Dooley shares with the Talley and Kynsi wineries. Tangy Montmorency cherries show strongly on the sip along with a thyme-lavender-rosemary potpourri touch, which is an intriguing combo that lingers long on the finish. —M.K

Wine Enthusiast • 93 Points • Editors' Choice • October, 2016

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2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Not only is this a great bottling at a judicious price, but it also shows a great deal of nuance from the appellation that often brings mostly power. Blackberry, beef, smoked game and pencil shavings show on the nose. The palate brings bright hibiscus and tart elderberry as well as graphite, thyme and bay-leaf flavors.

Wine Enthusiast • 94 Points • October, 2016

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2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley Estate

Yet another example of where a producer's slightly cheaper appellation blends are just as stunning as the single-vineyard expressions. Steve Dooley's bottling offers black sage, dried tarragon, fennel, beet juice, cranberry, Earl Grey tea and smoked game on the nose. The palate shows smoked pork with a black-cherry rub, a touch of pencil lead and an intriguing red-sumac flavor.