Jeb Dunnuck

  • 2016 Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvée Elizabeth

    Score: 98

    The 2016 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlines Vineyard Cuvée Elizabeth is another more elegant, almost perfect wine from this estate. Thrilling notes of smoked red cherries, earth, forest floor, and graphite all give way to a medium-bodied, vibrant, racy wine that has flawless balance, crunchy, vibrant fruit, notable tannins, and a great finish. This is another awesome wine that will benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for a decade. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2016 Running Fence Vineyard Cuvée Catherine

    Score: 97

    Coming from the oldest block just outside the estate (although these are all relatively young vines), the 2016 Pinot Noir Running Fence Vineyard Cuvee Catherine is the first vintage for this cuvée and it's a barrel selection made in the winery. Awesome notes of black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, violets, and hints of charcoal give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, thrillingly textured Pinot Noir that does everything right. As with all these 2017s, it’s vibrant and elegant, yet has terrific concentration, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Give it a year or two. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2016 SWK Vineyard

    Score: 98+

    The only wine to see some whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard is one of the more structured, backward wines in the lineup. It reveals a deeper ruby color as well as a complex bouquet of darker raspberries, earth, graphite, and smoky notes. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it has great balance and concentration as well as building tannins. It's another classy, age-worthy wine from Steve Kistler that's going to benefit from bottle age and keep for 10-15 years or more. It ranks with the top wines of the vintage. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2016 Occidental Station Vineyard

    Score: 96

    The 2016 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard is a more rounded, mouthfilling effort compared to the other cuvées (it also sees a touch of whole cluster) and is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered, with classic notes of forest floor, flowery spice, earth, and sweet black raspberry fruit. It has a wonderful finish, the purity of fruit that's common from this address, and the class to evolve for 10-15 years or more. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2016 Freestone-Occidental

    Score: 96

    Possessing a great nose of black raspberries, kirsch, violet, and forest floor, the 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental is bright and juicy, with elegance and beautiful purity of fruit. Showing fine tannins, a lovely floral quality, integrated acidity, and a great finish, this is pure class. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2015 Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth

    Score: 99

    The 2015 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands is the richest, deepest, and most concentrated in the lineup. It offers slightly more black fruit as well as hints of graphite, cassis, flowers, and forest floor/leafy herbs. It still shows the more fresh and lively style of the Sonoma Coast, with brilliant acidity, yet it hits the palate with an incredible amount of beautiful fruit, plenty of tannins, and a layered, complex style that keeps you coming back to the glass. As with the other releases here, it needs a year or two of bottle age. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2015 Occidental Station Vineyard Cuvée Catherine

    Score: 98

    A wine that flirts with perfection is the 2015 Pinot Noir Cuvée Catherine. From a site off Occidental Road, closer to 116, and aged in roughly 25% new French oak (there was also a touch of stems used), it offers a heavenly bouquet of perfectly ripe black raspberry fruit, loads of spring flowers, spice, and crushed violets, medium to full body, ultra-fine tannin, and remarkable elegance and purity. Incredibly complete, with sensational aromatics that are backed up a fresh yet also layered, rich, and multi-dimensional mouthfeel, it's a monumental Pinot Noir that will benefit from short-term cellaring. - J. Dunnuck
  • 2015 SWK Vineyard

    Score: 98

    The 2015 Pinot Noir SWK is another heavenly effort from Steve Kistler. The most finesse-driven, elegant, and medium-bodied in the lineup, it offers a perfumed and floral nose of red fruits, spice, and forest floor. With integrated acidity, ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges, and perfect balance, this beauty just glides over the palate and has everything you could want from this variety. It’s already hard to resist yet will keep for a decade or more. - J. Dunnuck