Current Press

We are happy to announce that our 2012 Impostor was rated 92 points and was awareded a Gold medal by the Press Democrat!  The wine was noted for it's "intensity and focus" while being "elegant and structured".

92 Points

The Press Democrat

The wonderful Prince of Pinot gave our 2012 Lancel Creek Pinot Noir 91 points and added:

This vineyard was developed by Ulises Valdez in 2002. It occupies a rolling hillside near the town of Occidental. Pommard and 777 clones. Aged 9 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose grows on you over time, opening up to reveal aromas of Bing cherries, dark red berries, spice, and timber. Middleweight flavors of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of cherry cola and pomegranate. Soft and silky on the palate with a good cut of underlying acidity. Impeccably balanced and particularly refreshing due to the bright acidity on the intensely fruity finish. Score: 91

This is dark, chewy and rustic, with earthy road tar and dried berry notes, marked by gripping tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 96 cases made. –JL

88 Points

Wine Spectator

The winery's usual bias to ripeness is in full evidence here, but so too is a wealth of very deep, well-focused varietal fruit and complexing elements of bacon, sweet smoke, loamy soils and a bare note of milk chocolate. While weighty and ripe, the wine is never jammy or fat, and it is solidly structured with a long way to go. It toughens at the finish as its abrasive tannins take hold and warn against early drinking. We can see where it might need a decade before settling down, but it has every sign that it will reward the wait.