Jeb Dunnuck, October 2020
2019 Picpoul Blanc, 91 points - One of the standouts is the 2019 Picpoul Blanc. It has a juicy citrus, peach, and floral style delivering plenty of fruit on the palate, juicy acidity, and a clean finish. It's terrific.
2019 Days Between, 92 points - The 2019 Days Between showed beautifully and is just loaded with character. Lots of pretty strawberry, blueberry, flower, and spicy notes emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with a soft, elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a clean finish.
2018 Songs of its Own, 94 points - The 2018 Songs Of Its Own checks in as a 60/40 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre raised in neutral oak. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured effort shines on all accounts and has lots of red and darker currant fruits, plenty of spice and dried herb notes, silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's a wine that grows on you with time in the glass and is going to evolve nicely for 7-8 years.
2018 The Other One, 94+ points - All Mourvèdre brought up in neutral barrels, the 2018 Mourvedre The Other One has a bright, classic Mourvèdre nose of blue fruits, cracked pepper, leafy herbs, and spice. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied red with good acidity, beautiful purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish.
2018 Been Away Too Long, 93+ points - Coming all from the Denner Vineyard in Paso Robles and also 100% Mourvèdre, the deep purple-colored 2018 Mourvedre Been Away Too Long is a more unevolved, angular wine offering lots of pure dark blue fruits as well as classy pepper and graphite notes, medium to full body, present yet ripe tannins, and good acidity. It's terrific, but a good 2-3 years of bottle age are warranted.
2018 Comes a Time, 94 points - Also all Mourvèdre, the 2018 Mourvedre Comes a Time is rocking stuff, offering lots of redcurrant and black raspberry fruit, notes of ground pepper and herbes de Provence, full-bodied richness, and a plush, sexy style on the palate that's a joy to drink.
2018 The Golden Road, 95 points - A 60/40 split of Graciano and Mourvèdre that was co-fermented with no destemming, the inky colored 2018 The Golden Road has beautiful red and blue fruits as well as lots of peppery herbs, graphite, and charred meat. Rich and full-bodied, it has beautiful purity and a great finish.
2018 Either Side of the Hill, 96 points - Lastly, the 100% Syrah 2018 Either Side of the Hill comes from the Glenrose Vineyard in Paso Robles and was all destemmed and brought up in neutral oak. This killer Syrah offers richness as well as incredible purity and elegance. Lots of blackberries, spring flowers, violets, and peppery herb notes all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, and elegant. It's going to drink nicely for a decade.
Wine Enthusiast, October 2020
2019 Ugni Blanc, 95 points - Always high in the running for best Paso Robles white wine each vintage, this bottling does anything but disappoint. Bright and fresh aromas of melon, mango and jasmine are quite floral, while the palate zips across the tongue with glee, sprinkling honeysuckle, Key lime pith and even delicate bubblegum flavors into the finish. - Matt Kettmann
2019 Picpoul Blanc, 92 points - Tightly wound aromas of tangerine pith, talc and struck limestone show on the nose of this bottling. The wine is very stony on the palate, with uplifting flavors of honeysuckle, jasmine and brisk lemon. - Matt Kettmann
2019 Clairette Blanche, 92 points - Fresh nectarine, frozen pineapple and faint coconut aromas are reminiscent of a piña colada on the nose of this bottling. Those tropical elements carry to the sip, where a fresh acidity washes through the pineapple and ripe apple-flesh flavors. - Matt Kettmann
2019 Days Between, 92 points - It's bizarre that Counoise is not more popular, as this bottling reveals its beautiful aromas of raspberry, rose petals and more red flowers. The palate is pleasingly complex, combining red currant and boysenberry with fennel pollen and white pepper. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Songs of its Own, 93 points - Dark raspberry and boysenberry-jam aromas meet with a strong hint of crushed gravel and dried herb on the nose of this blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre. Roasted berries and smoked meats make for a cohesive flavor profile on the palate. - Matt Kettmann
2018 The Other One, 92 points - Smashed boysenberry, baking-spice and cracked peppercorn aromas converge for a vibrant nose on this single-vineyard expression. There is plenty of pepper spice on the palate, along with black raspberry, lavender and a slightly nutty tone of cashew brittle. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Been Away Too Long, 94 points - This bottling is extremely complex in both flavors and texture. Very dark in the glass, it shows aromas of dense black plum, violet, dried meat and black olive. The palate's cola and sarsaparilla spice lead into stewed plum, teriyaki and grilled meats flavors. The tannins are firm for cellaring but also open to immediate enjoyment. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Comes a Time, 93 points - Extremely elegant aromas of black cherry wrapped around black lava rocks are lifted further by dried violets, light herb and toasted wood on the nose of this bottling. There's a great grip and stickiness to the tannins that will ensure long aging, yet the dark-cherry and cardamom flavors are immediately accessible. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Either Side of the Hill, 96 points - A beautiful and dense shade of dark purple, this intense bottling begins with aromas of elderberry jam and black-currant pie that demand repeated returns on the nose. It's soft and lushly texture on the palate, where cassis, charred wood and peppercorn flavors prove very complex and compelling. - Matt Kettmann
Purely Domestic Wine Report, October 2020
2019 Clairette Blanche, 93 points - The nose is vigorous and bright mineral with waxy yellow pear, lemon and orange with whiff of popcorn, pepper and toffee. The palate entry is waxy confected orange citrus with a core of lithe fresh acidity and warm juicy nectarine.
2019 Picpoul Blanc, 95 points - The nose is Meyer lemon ice, saline and verbena, with essence of proscuitto. The palate entry is fresh lemon and mineral with notes of jasmine. The core offers a supple drizzled lemon, resinous pear and faint Indian spices through the finish. Gorgeous Wine.
2019 Ugni Blanc, 93 points - The nose is a dense, dewy white pepper and soft peach with perfume of gardenia blossom. The palate entry is a precise, bright and crisp squeezed lemon juice leading to a core of dry, lean mineral and pink grapefruit.
2019 Days Between, 95 points - The nose is strawberry shortcake with sleek underlying watermelon, raspberry, peppercorn and baking spice. The palate entry is supple red plum, dense saturated black fruits with an impeccably polished core of warm spice, red cherry, cedar and piquant red berries.
2018 Songs of its Own, 94 points - The nose is gravelly, ground spice and licorice-kissed red fruit - raspberry and plum. The palate entry is beautifully dialed in on a helix of blueberry, black licorice and crushed walnut with a polished finish of dry plum and strawberry.
2018 The Other One, 92 points - The nose is black cherry, licorice, savory plum and spice box. The palate entry is dense youthful black fruit. The core offers sleek polished red fruit nuances yet I feel its horizon is a way off. It has exceptional bones though is best approached in the future.
Wine Enthusiast, November 2019
2018 Ugni Blanc, 95 points - This is reliably one of the top white wines to emerge from all of Paso Robles, if not the entire Central Coast, each vintage. Clean lines of chalk, lime pith, gardenia and wet gravel show on the nose, while the sip offers honeysuckle, Asian pear and Key lime pith. A fresh acidity and rocky tension engages the entire palate. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Picpoul Blanc, 91 points - Candied melon, lily, daffodil and a touch of chalk show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression of a grape that's growing in popularity. The palate is very grippy and chalky in texture, offering flavors of exotic honeydew and lemon-lime soda. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Clairette Blanche, 92 points - Creamy aromas of pear custard and papaya are cut by lime spray on the nose of this bottling of a rarely planted grape. There is great tension to the palate, whose grippy frame opens to reveal flavors of apple and pear flesh. - Matt Kettmann
2018 Days Between, 93 points - Here's a strong new player in the fresh, chillable red game. Snappy red fruits meet with wet gravel on the bright and buoyant nose, while the palate is crisp and a bit more complex. Flavors of red plum and pomegranate encounter sumac and cinnamon, riding with high acid from tip of the sip to finish. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Songs of its Own, 93 points - Snappy pomegranate, hibiscus and rose-petal aromas are sprinkled with sarsaparilla spice on the nose of this blend of 52% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsault. It's light bodied on the palate, where refreshing flavors of cranberry, pomegranate and orange rind make for a lively sip. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Been Away Too Long, 92 points - Mourvèdre specialist Ryan Pease explores the floral, delicate side of the tricky grape in this bottling, offering aromas of violet, lilac, boysenberry, peppercorn and cola on the nose. That cola element meets with sarsaparilla and dark plum on the palate, which is still quite young. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Comes a Time, 92 points - Deep and hearty aromas of black cherry, leather and gingerbread spice kick off this single-vineyard expression by Mourvèdre specialist Ryan Pease. The mouthfeel is sandy and chalky, delivering flavors of baked black plum and spice cake, with strong acidity underlying it all. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Either Side of the Hill, 92 points - Boysenberrry, dried violet, crumpled rose and hints of tar and fruitcake show on the nose of this bottling by Ryan Pease. Roasted flavors of coffee, cola and meat converge with black cherry on the palate. - Matt Kettmann
Jeb Dunnuck, October 2019
"Ryan and Nicole Pease continue to release outstanding wines from their Paix Sur Terre estate, which focuses on Rhône varieties grown on the west side of Paso Robles"
2018 Ugni Blanc, 89 points - Tart citrus, white flowers, and some obvious minerality emerge from the 2018 Ugni Blanc. It’s a lively, lean, bright, and juicy white to enjoy over the coming year or so. - Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Picpoul Blanc, 91 points - More tropical fruits and honeysuckle notes emerge from the 2018 Picpoul Blanc. It too has good acidity, a beautifully balance texture, and a crisp finish. It’s well worth seeking out and should keep for a year or so. - Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Clairette Blanche, 89 points - The medium gold-hued 2018 Clairette Blanche offers attractive apple blossom, pineapple, and honeyed citrus notes as well as a balanced, medium-bodied style on the palate. All the whites from winemaker Ryan Pease are top-notch. - Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Days Between, 90 points - Made from 100% Counoise aged just 2 months in neutral oak, the 2018 Days Between sports a translucent ruby color as well as Rhône-like notes of black cherries, ripe strawberries, spice, and earth. It's medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, has a silky texture, and is about as deliciously quaffable as they come. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Songs of its Own, 93 points - The 2017 Songs Of Its Own checks in as a blend of 52% Grenache, 45% Mourvedre, and 3% Cinsault that was aged 14 months in neutral oak. It has remarkable purity and elegance as well as medium body, integrated acidity, and terrific notes of black cherries, blackberries, peppery herbs, and spice box. It's another Rhône-like effort that just glides across the palate, with a Burgundian texture and elegance. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 The Other One, 92+ points - Also all Mourvèdre brought up in neutral oak, the 2017 The Other One is similarly colored and offers more cedary spice, incense, dried flowers, and white pepper notes, with plenty of cherry, strawberry and blueberry fruit. Elegant and medium-bodied, with good acidity and a more cool-climate style, it too needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will be long-lived. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Been Away Too Long, 94 points - The deep purple/ruby-hued 2017 Been Away Too Long (100% Mourvèdre) offers a terrific bouquet of blackcurrants, blackberries, ground pepper, rare steak, and bouquet garni. It's another elegant, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced release from Ryan Pease that shines for its complexity, beautiful elegance, and length more so than outright power. This will be better in another 2-3 years and keep for 10-15. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Comes a Time, 93 points - Lots of black cherries, blackberries, cracked pepper, and cured meat notes emerge from the 2017 Comes A Time (100% Mourvèdre). Medium to full-bodied, it has a rounded, sexy texture as well as ripe, framing tannins. It's another beautiful Mourvèdre from this estate to enjoy over the coming decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Either Side of the Hill, 93 points - Lastly, the deep purple-colored 2017 Either Side Of The Hill is all Syrah and comes from a site in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. Brought up in neutral oak, it offers a meaty, chocolaty profile as well as loads of blackberry and black plum fruits, licorice, and mineral aromas and flavors. It's beautifully balanced, has ripe tannins, and is a powerful, ripe, sexy wine from Ryan Pease. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
Purely Domestic Wine Report, December 2019
2018 Ugni Blanc, 93 points - The nose is ripe fragrant pineapple and papaya. The palate is bone-dry on entry with a core of clean lemon and chalk.
2018 Picpoul Blanc, 91 points - The nose is mixed yellow and green citrus with saline and sliced peach. The palate is a supple saturated white fruit with bright, vibrant acidity in the core. Nice weight overall with tropical notes. - Doug Wilder
2018 Clairette Blanche, 90 points - The nose is fairly fat with almond paste, and a candied spiciness. The palate is apple, tropical fruit and spice, generally round with notes of lush pear and marzipan. - Doug Wilder
2018 Days Between, 98 points - The nose is watermelon, delicate violet and sublime whiffs of wet stone. The palate echos the aromatics with watermelon, spice, herb and florals. Stunning in its simple joyfulness. - Doug Wilder
2017 Songs of its Own, 94 points - The nose is a blend of sticky raspberry and firm dark fruits. The palate entry offers a lovely spiciness and black fruit with an underlying red berry. Great saturation yet beautiful delicacy at the same time. - Doug Wilder
2017 Been Away Too Long, 92 points - The nose is ripe red fruit with spicy notes of dried herb and blueberry. The palate entry is a dried black fruit and herb with fullness in the core reminding of graphite and blackberry. - Doug Wilder
Wine Enthusiast, November 2018
2017 Ugni Blanc, 93 points - This may be the best white wine in Paso Robles, starting with powerfully chalky aromas of Gala apple and freshly plucked sweet herbs. It's zesty on the palate, with key lime and red-grapefruit flavors, all riding a laser-sharp acidity and a tremendously chalky grip. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Picpoul Blanc, 90 points - Just-sliced Asian pear, tangy grapefruit and a cool steel aroma show on the nose of this bottling of Picpoul—a grape which is increasingly seen alone in bottle. There is great tension on the sip, where lime-skin flavors reign. - Matt Kettmann
2017 Clairette Blanche, 90 points - One of the first in the region to bottle this variety alone, winemaker Ryan Pease succeeds in exploring another obscure white wine, this one showing aromas of crushed chalk, lemon pith and nectarine on the nose. There is extreme grip to the sip, where flavors of yellow-apple skin and poached pear meet with citrus rind. - Matt Kettmann
2016 Songs of its Own, 91 points - Boysenberry pie, sweet asphalt and roasted coffee aromas show on the nose of this blend of 52% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsaut. Fairly firm and thick tannins frame the palate, which shyly shows flavors of black currant, elderberry and dried ginger spice. - Matt Kettmann
2016 The Golden Road, 95 points - This bottling, which is now known to be Graciano, is very deep in color and shows hearty black plum, purple flower and smoked meat on the focused nose. It's thick on the palate, loaded with vanilla, shaved chocolate, charred beef and wild dark berry, presented atop chalky tannins that are firm yet enveloping. - Matt Kettmann
2016 The Other One, 94 points - A tad shy on the nose at first, this bottling from Glenrose Vineyard offers aromas of dark plum, smashed elderberry and elegant purple flowers. The palate combines smashed black plum and black raspberry with dark chocolate, bay leaf and more dried chaparral herbs, making for a really wild and layered experience. - Matt Kettmann
2016 Comes a Time, 93 points - Concentrated morello cherry, packed flower petals, turned soil, light pepper and concentrated watermelon aromas make for an exotic nose on this bottling from Alta Colina Vineyard. Chalky tannins make for a grippy, somewhat sticky entry to the palate, where black-plum and wild animal flavors arise. - Matt Kettmann
Jeb Dunnuck, November 2018
"Run by Ryan and Nicole Pease, this terrific estate focuses on Rhône varieties grown on the west side of Paso Robles, mostly from the Willow Creek and Adelaida districts. These wines never lack for fruit or texture, yet always have a more elegant, seamless style that’s incredibly drinkable."
2017 Ugni Blanc, 89 points - I loved the 2017 Ugni Blanc. It has a bright, juicy, incredibly delicious style that’s going to shine with any number of seafood dishes or even on its own. White peach, citrus blossom, and tart lemony notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, crisp white that’s well worth seeking out. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Picpoul Blanc, 90 points - Also terrific, the 2017 Picpoul Blanc has a medium gold color as well as tart citrus, tangerine, and white flower-laced aromas and flavors. It has beautiful balance, racy acidity, and a crisp, vibrant personality as well. - Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Clairette Blanche, 92 points - On another level, the 2017 Clairette Blanche (100% Clairette brought up all in stainless steel) is pure class with its tart pineapple, citrus blossom, spice, and lemon curd aromas and flavors. Pure, clean, and vibrant, it has depth and density as well as length. This beautiful white is going to drink nicely for 4-5 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Songs of its Own, 94 points - Moving to the reds, the 2016 Songs of its Own checks in as 52% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault brought up with plenty of stems and in neutral barrels. It has lots of stem notes at present yet also has beautiful kirsch fruits, pepper, leafy herbs, and incense notes. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age but is a medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex Rhône blend that does everything right. - Jeb Dunnuck
2016 The Other One, 93 points - The deep ruby-colored 2016 Mourvèdre The Other One is 100% varietal and was brought up with no destemming and aged in neutral French oak. It has an obvious limestone-like minerality as well as medium to full-bodied notes of blackberries, black cherries, dried earth, and ground pepper. This beauty just blossoms with time in the glass, has remarkable elegance, and a great, great finish, all making for a stunning Mourvèdre to drink over the coming decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
2016 The Golden Road, 90 points - Made from 100% Graciano, the 2016 The Golden Road is a dense, full-bodied bruiser of a wine that has lots of blue fruits, crushed rocks, pepper, and assorted meaty notes. It has bright acidity and certainly makes an impression, yet it’s a touch rough around the edges as well. I suspect it will come together nicely with a year or three of bottle age. - Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Comes a Time, 91 points - The 2016 Mourvèdre Comes a Time is another stemmy yet complex, balanced wine that has loads to love. Exotic notes of red plums, blood orange, incense, and citrus rind all flow to a medium to full-bodied, chewy Mourvèdre that needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should keep for upwards of a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous, September 2018
"This relatively young winery, which was founded in 2010 by the also relatively young Nicole and Ryan Pease, has been steadily increasing the quality of its wines, and this summer I was pleased to check out their strongest set of releases yet. The wines, especially the reds, have always been full-flavored and intense, as one would expect from Paso Robles, but recent vintages have shown increasing degrees of elegance, aromatic complexity and balance, with well-knit tannins that allow the wines to be drunk young, if one so desires. Don’t get the idea that they have become lightweights, though; these are still highly expressive, fruit-driven wines - just with more harmony, to my taste, than in years past."
2017 Clairette Blanche, 90 points - Pale straw-yellow. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying intense citrus and orchard fruit scents and a dusty mineral overtone. Dry and focused in the mouth, offering nervy Meyer lemon and bitter pear skin flavors that slowly deepen and flesh out with aeration. Closes on a repeating mineral note, showing very good persistence and a touch of honeysuckle. - Josh Raynolds
2016 Songs of its Own, 91 points - Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-tinged black raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers and succulent herbs. Silky, sweet and lively on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and a subtle touch of bitter chocolate. Picks up a sweet cola note with air and finishes with sneaky tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence. - Josh Raynolds
2016 The Golden Road, 91 points - Deep brilliant ruby. Aromas of cherry pit, licorice candy and cured tobacco, along with a smoky nuance that builds in the background. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering potent bitter cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors that turn livelier and spicier with aeration. A sexy floral note appears on the long, mineral-tinged finish, which is given shape and grip by sneaky, fine-grained tannins. - Josh Raynolds
2016 The Other One, 93 points - Youthful violet. Sexy, expansive aromas of candied dark fruits, Indian spices and floral pastilles, along with a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors take a sweeter turn in the midpalate and pick up hints of succulent herbs and star anise on the back half. At once concentrated and lively, finishing with noteworthy energy, harmonious tannins and strong, floral-tinged persistence. - Josh Raynolds
2016 Comes a Time, 92 points - Saturated lurid ruby. Intense dark fruit and pungent floral aromas pick up incense and Indian spice accents with aeration. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering vibrant blackberry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on the persistent finish, which features building tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied lavender. - Josh Raynolds
Purely Domestic Wine Report, July 2018
2017 Picpoul Blanc, 93 points - The nose is a bight and vivid white and golden fruit with tropical fruit, honey and chalk. The palate is clean and precise with a crisp white fruit in the core with integrated acidity. An effortless experience. - Doug Wilder
2017 Clairette Blanche, 93 points - The nose is a pretty and brightly nuanced spice and pepper with sour lemon and a chiffon of lightly scented blossoms. The palate is a bold tropical fruit with juicy nuances of coconut, guava in a lightly bodied, fresh finish. - Doug Wilder
2016 Songs of its Own, 90 points - Deep shadings of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, golden cherry, and graham cracker. Nice presence of fruit on entry leading to dense purity and brightly textured fruit in the core, light-bodied grip. - Doug Wilder
2016 The Golden Road, 93 points - The nose is a velvety blue fruit, lead pencil and peppercorn. The palate offers lovely length and texture, bright sticky fruit, graphite, plum and blueberry. - Doug Wilder
2016 The Other One, 91 points - The nose is a sticky black fruit with notes of gingerbread, vanilla and spice. The palate is a sleek blue and black fruit with a well-structured core followed by a firm, dry finish. - Doug Wilder
2016 Comes a Time, 89 points - The nose is a spice box, gingerbread, dried orange, pear and flint. The palate is a juicy, round entry with a silky core of drier red fruits that add weight, yet only a light finish. - Doug Wilder
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2018
2017 Ugni Blanc, 92 points - The 2017 Ugni Blanc is a beauty, bursting from the glass with a pure and expressive bouquet of apples, fresh almonds and citrus zest. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, bright and stony, with a lovely core of ripe fruit and superb definition and cut. I couldn't have been more impressed. - William Kelley
2016 Songs of its Own, 90 points - A blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre (without any Syrah this year), the 2016 Songs Of Its Own offers up notions of sweet berry fruit, cherry preserve and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and fruit-driven, with a juicy, succulent profile and no hard edges. - William Kelley
2016 The Golden Road, 91 points - The opaque, glass-staining 2016 The Golden Road (from the Yankowski-Weeks Vineyard in Willow Creek District) is a bit of a bruiser, but it's a success in its style, bursting with aromas of smoky blackberries, ripe cherry, menthol and black olive. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and richly tannic, with a juicy core of fruit and a youthfully chewy finish. - William Kelley
2016 The Other One, 93 points - My favorite of these offerings from Paix Sur Terre, the Mourvèdre-based 2016 The Other One exhibits aromas of ripe berries, spice and licorice. On the palate, it's full-bodied, textural and multidimensional, with velvety structuring tannins, crunchy fruit and good depth at the core. The finish is long and sapid. Drink it over the next 6 or 7 years. - William Kelley
2016 Comes a Time, 88 points - The 2016 Comes a Time Mourvèdre from the Alta Colina Vineyard (Adelaida District) reveals pretty aromas of ripe strawberry, cherries and sweet soil, but on the palate, this full-bodied, rich, chewy red finishes somewhat hard and firm, seemingly carrying a bit too much extract and structuring tannin for its own good. It may mellow with a few years in bottle. - William Kelley
Vinous, September 2017
2016 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - Pale yellow-gold. Expressive aromas of fresh pear, lemon zest and white flowers are energized by a chalky mineral accent. Offers juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors along with hints of chamomile and ginger that show very good focus and tangy bite. Closes with nervy mineral cut, a sweetening touch of honey and lingering florality. - Josh Raynolds
2015 The Other One, 92 points - Deep, brilliant ruby. Dark berry liqueur, black cardamom, camphor and incense aromas, with lavender and peppery spice nuances emerging with air. Offers concentrated black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show very good depth and a hint of smokiness on the back half. Delivers solid punch but there's impressive energy here as well. Fine-grained tannins build steadily through a long, floral-tinged finish that hangs on with strong, spicy persistence. - Josh Raynolds
2015 The Golden Road, 91 points - Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented black and blue fruits, licorice, pungent flowers and a hint of smoked meat on the intensely perfumed nose. Sweet, chewy and penetrating in the mouth, offering concentrated blueberry and cherry compote flavors that are energized by a spine of juicy acidity. Plays power off of elegance smoothly and finishes with solid grip, sneaky tannins and resonating blue fruit character. - Josh Raynolds
2015 Comes a Time, 89 points - Inky ruby. Deeply pitched cherry, blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors, along with hints of cola and mocha fruitcake. In a densely packed, ripe style, showing very good depth and a touch of smokiness on a chewy, warm and youthfully tannic finish. - Josh Raynnolds
Purely Domestic Wine Report, September 2017
2016 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - The nose is chalk, wild grape and red apple with hints of cinnamon and taffy. The palate is ripe apple, kiwi and peach that reminds of a white Rhone blend in texture. Supple throughout the core with fine acidity on the finish. - Doug Wilder
2015 The Golden Road, 92 points - The nose is a rich and ripe cherry, raspberry with notes of cedary spice. The palate is a red raspberry and cedar with a broad, lively core of dense berry and violet. - Doug Wilder
2015 Songs of its Own, 90 points - The nose is a firm tobacco and a meaty blackberry stickiness. The palate is a lively, waxy red fruit with notes of papaya in the core leading to a crisp strawberry finish. - Doug Wilder
2015 The Other One, 90 points - The nose is massive, chewy and closed even after a 30 minute decant. The palate is a clean, centered black fruit with a textured, medium-bodied core finishing with silky cherry, cranberry and notes of herb. - Doug Wilder
2015 Comes a Time, 92 points - The nose is a fresh blue fruit, mint, cinnamon with notes of violet. The palate entry is velvet-like with core of purple blossoms and waxy red fruit. - Doug Wilder
2014 Either Side of the Hill, 89 points - The nose is an extracted, perfumed cherry and black currant with notes of graphite, mint and loamy forest floor. The palate is a floral-infused, velvety red fruit, a loamy, textured finish with notes of espresso. - Doug Wilder
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2017
2016 Ugni Blanc, 89 points - The 2016 Ugni Blanc is scented of ripe apples, honey-drizzled pears and allspice with a touch of beeswax. Light to medium-bodied, it has a wonderful intensity of uncomplicated apple and spice flavors with a racy backbone and very good length. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
2015 Songs of its Own, 89+ points - A blend of 58% Mourvèdre, 22% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, the 2015 “Songs of its Own” Red Wine Adelaida District Glenrose Vineyard has a medium garnet-purple color and nose of black cherries and black berries with hints of tapenade, forest floor, fungi and black pepper. Full-bodied with plenty of expressive black fruit and earthy flavors on offer, it has a chewy backbone and peppery finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
2015 The Other One, 89 points - The 2015 “The Other One” Mourvèdre Adelaida District Glenrose Vineyard features a medium to deep garnet-purple color and has a lifted nose of crushed cherries, mulberries and red plums with touches of underbrush, garrigue and tree bark. Full-bodied, it delivers a good amount of earthy flavors with a chewy structure and an herbal lift coming through on the finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
2015 The Golden Road, 91+ points - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 “The Golden Road” Monastrell Willow Creek District Yankowski-Weeks Vineyard offers a pronounced nose of freshly crushed black plums and black cherries with hints of menthol, dark chocolate, violets and black olives. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and built like a brick house, it fills the palate with youthful, vibrant black fruit, supported by firm, chewy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing on a lingering floral note. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
2015 Comes a Time, 90+ points - Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 “Comes a Time” Mourvèdre Adelaida District Alta Colina Vineyard has baked black plums, licorice and black soil notions with hints of charcoal, violets and tar. Full-bodied and laden with black fruit preserves and savory layers, it has a firm, chewy backbone and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Jeb Dunnuck, August 2017
2016 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - A blend you don't see very often from California, the 2016 Ugni Blanc offers refreshing notes of under ripe pineapple and citrus blossom in a clean, balanced, classy style. It's a perfect by the glass pour and is going to be versatile on the dinner table.
2015 Songs of its Own, 92 points - Leading off the reds and a Mourvèdre dominated cuvée that includes 22% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, the 2015 Songs Of Its Own saw plenty of stems and was aged 14 months in neutral barrels. It offers a very pretty, perfumed style in its blue fruits, violets and incense aromatics. These give way to a polished, forward, charming wine that has terrific purity, moderate acidity and light tannin, all giving it loads of upfront charm and drinkability.
2015 The Other One, 91 points - Made from 100% Mourvèdre from the Glenrose Vineyard in Paso Robles, the 2015 The Other One saw 100% stems and 14 months in neutral barrels. It offers similar levels of blue fruits, crushed violets, pepper and leather in a juicy, nicely concentrated package. The acidity is slightly higher here, but it still has a forward, beautifully charming, elegant style.
2015 The Golden Road, 93 points - The 2015 The Golden Road (100% Monastrell) comes all from the Yankowski-Weeks Vineyard and spent the same 14 months in neutral barrels. It's noticeably deeper colored than the Mourvèdre cuvée and offers additional complexity in its blueberry, white pepper, cedar like spice and plum scented bouquet. Upfront, silky, fruit driven and soft, drink it over the coming 4-6 years as well.
2015 Comes a Time, 93 points - Another pure Mourvèdre, the 2015 Comes A Time comes from the Alta Colina Vineyard and was brought up all in neutral oak. It's incredibly complex and gives up notes of lavender, incense, soap and sweet currant and plum fruit, with just a hint of orange peel. Ripe, rounded and supple, with a more evolved style than the Monastrell release, it's a total pleasure bent beauty to drink over the coming decade.
2014 Either Side of the Hill, 92 points - A Syrah dominated blend that incorporates 15% Mourvèdre, the 2014 Either Side of The Hill was aged 14 months in 15% new French oak. It offers a meaty, earthy, black fruit and tapenade scented bouquet as well as a rich, nicely concentrated, ripe style on the palate. It shows more and more fruit with time in the glass, but has an undeniable meaty, funky edge - that I love.
Vinous, September 2016
2015 Ugni Blanc, 88 points - Light gold. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying incisive citrus zest and green apple scents and a hint of ginger. Taut, nervy and precise, offering intense grapefruit and honeysuckle flavors sharpened by a suggestion of white pepper. The gingery quality repeats strongly on the finish, which hangs on with good tenacity and a subtle touch of heat. - Josh Raynolds
2015 Grenache Blanc, 89 points - Pale gold. Ripe orchard and pit fruits and honey on the deeply perfumed nose and in the mouth. Broad and fleshy; a hint of lemon pith adds a refreshingly bitter edge, a floral nuance comes up on the finish, which hangs on with good, gently sweet tenacity. - Josh Raynolds
2014 Songs ot its Own, 91 points - Saturated ruby. Ripe cherry, vanilla and woodsmoke on the fragrant nose. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering pliant dark berry liqueur flavors and hints of licorice and floral pastilles. Shows very good clarity and a refreshing mineral quality on the long, sweet finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. - Josh Raynolds
2014 The Other One, 92 points - Opaque ruby. Aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, licorice and pungent herbs, along with hints of woodsmoke and incense. Sweet and concentrated, offering intense red and blue fruit flavors and a suggestion of candied flowers. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity, finishing with harmonious tannins and impressive persistence. - Josh Raynolds
2014 Comes a Time, 91 points - Inky purple. Dark berries, cherry compote and candied licorice on the pungent nose; a lavender element emerges with air. Plush black currant and bitter cherry flavors show a very good depth, and a smoky mineral element provides lift. The appealingly sweet, persistent finish features repeating floral and licorice notes, while velvety tannins add framework. - Josh Raynolds
2014 Either Side of the Hill, 91 points - Dark purple. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry compote, dark berry liqueur, licorice and espresso are energized by a bright floral topnote. Sappy, concentrated and expansive on the palate, offering ripe cherry, blue fruit and violet pastille flavors and a hint of medicinal bitterness. Smoothly combines richness and vivacity, finishing long and youthfully tannic, with a lingering blueberry quality. - Josh Raynolds
Wine Enthusiast, August 2016
2015 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - One of the few in California to use this grape, winemaker Ryan Pease makes a great case for more in this bottling, which shows broad lemon curd, soft apple flesh and Anjou pear on the nose. There is ripe stone fruit on the tangy palate, but it's bone dry and grippy with chalky texture. - Matt Kettmann
2015 Grenache Blanc, 91 points - Crisp green pear and a razor-thin sharpness cut into more lush kiwi and honeysuckle notes on the nose of this bottling. A steely line of Key lime slices through the white peach flavors once sipped, and the palate cleans up with a tense, chalky grip. - Matt Kettmann
2014 Songs of its Own, 92 points - Stewed dark strawberry, cocoa, rust, muddy earth, crushed rocks and fennel brush show on the nose of this blend of 45% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Once sipped, flavors of red plum, mulberry and strawberry-balsamic reduction are prominent though delicate, edged with grippy tannins and touches of bittersweet chocolate. - Matt Kettmann
2014 The Other One, 93 points Editors' Choice - This is the winning Mourvedre of the vintage for Ryan Pease, one of the few winemakers to do multiple bottlings of the Rhone varietal. Exotic olallieberies, black peppercorns, vanilla cookies, nutmeg and black rocks show on the nose, while the palate delivers tighter boysenberries, cracked pepper, Sichuan peppercorns, wet gravel and crushed asphalt. This one's built to last. - Matt Kettmann
2014 Comes a Time, 91 points - Rust, black plum, blueberry and leather combine on the nose of this bottling by one of the few producers to do multiple Mourvedres. The palate shows tons of chipped slate and dried blueberries, striking a balance between earth and fruit, bolstered by ample acidity. - Matt Kettmann
2014 Either Side of the Hill, 94 points - Brooding and powerful, this ripe and regionally representative blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre shows caramelized blueberry, chocolate sauce, creme brûlée, and coffee bean on the nose. It hits the palate with density that masks the fruit at first, and then unleashes waves of fudge, elderberry, blackberry, licorice and jet-black coffee laced with black cassis. - Matt Kettmann
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2016
2014 Songs of its Own, 90 points - Another outstanding wine from winemaker Ryan Pease is the 2014 Songs Of Its Own, which is 45% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah and the rest Cinsault. The Grenache and Cinsault were cofermented, and the Mourvedre and Syrah both saw a big chunk of whole clusters in the ferment. It has a great nose of kirsh, toasted spice, caramelized meats and raspberries to go with a supple, sexy, Grenache-driven vibe on the palate. Balanced, textured and downright gulpable, it's well worth following over the coming 6-7 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
2014 The Other One, 89 points - The 100% Mourvedre 2014 The Other One (aged 14 months in 15% new French oak) offers a more rounded, easy going style. It has low acidity, plenty of texture and lots of saline characteristics in its meaty red and black fruits, spice and underbrush aromas and flavors. It's ready to go, and given the low acid and forward style, I don't see any need to hold off. - Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Comes a Time, 90 points - The outstanding 2014 Comes a Time is made from 100% Mourvedre, all from the Alta Colina vineyard, that spent 14 months in 20% new French oak. It has a full-bodied, layered and classy profile as well as focused notes of black cherries, leather, ground herbs and earth. It's impeccably made, has ripe tannin and a great finish, with no shortage of things to like. It should evolve nicely for at least a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Enthusiast, September 2015
2014 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - This rarely explored grape, also known as Trebbiano, proves quite exciting in this bottling. Aromas recall ripe lime flesh, white flowers, green apples, Asian pears and white peach, with a nearly tropical banana sap character. The palate tightens around the limey acidity, showing some ripe red apple, but remaining bright, ready to pair with everything from roast chicken to shellfish. - Matt Kettmann
2013 Songs of its Own, 93 points - Lilac and violet hang with blackberries, black plums and sweet mocha on this purple chiffon-cake scented wine from winemaker Ryan Pease. The blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 3% Counoise is full and silky on the palate, with olallieberry fruits, proving juicy but not jammy or overpowering. - Matt Kettmann
2013 Either Side of the Hill, 93 points - Sexy, luscious aromas of buttered plums and seared beef fat invite the nose on this blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre, which proves more delicate than brawny. Beef char, and blackberry paste power the palate, but is coalesces around a focused line of licorice and graphite. - Matt Kettmann
2013 The Other One, 92 points - Aromas of buttered blackberries, plum extract, black pepper, leather and dark tobacco emerge on this powerful, 100% whole-cluster wine by Ryan Pease. It is very elegant and complex on the silky concentrated palate, with espresso grinds and deep purple fruits. It's darkness in a glass and will get more interesting with time. - Matt Kettman
2013 Comes a Time, 91 points - Using dry-farmed grapes, Ryan Pease crafts a heavily structured wine with aromas of black gravel, mocha and blueberries reduced in a vanilla vinaigrette. The sticky tannins will need some time to unravel, but the flavors of cooked cherries, blackberries and coffee paste are promising. Drink 2018-2024. - Matt Kettmann
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2015
2014 Ugni Blanc, 90 points - A smoking white that delivers lots of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, dried herbs and hints of flowers, the 2014 Ugni Blanc is medium-bodied, nicely textured and loaded with character. It's a food friendly, crisp, easy drinking value-priced white that delivers the goods. Drink 2015-2016 - Jeb Dunnuck
2013 The Other One, 91 points - Made all from Mourvedre, fermented with 100% whole cluster and aged 14 months in 15% new French oak, it offers pretty notes of red berries, creamy licorice and crushed flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and lightly textured profile on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 5-6 years. -Jeb Dunnuck
2013 Comes a Time, 89 points - A rare 100% Mourvedre release (which is an up and coming variety in Paso), the 2013 Comes a Time (14 months in 20% new French oak) has a darker, meatier, masculine and muscular profile to go with lots of dark berry fruits, crushed rock, wet gravel and savory herbs. Medium to full-bodied, tannic, rustic and chewy, it has lots to like but could use a touch more charm and elegance. It should have a decade of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator, 2015
2014 Ugni Blanc, 88 points - Medium-bodied, with tangerine, pear and peach flavors that have a steely, minerally acidity and plenty of fresh lemon juice notes. Hints of spice come in on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now. -MaryAnn Worobiec
2013 Songs of its Own, 89 points - Offers a focused core of mineral-tinged tannins and lively acidity, with notes of tart raspberry and blueberry, smoky pepper and herb. Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2022. - Tim Fish
2012 Songs of its Own, 89 points - Refined and focused, with delicate raspberry and mineral aromas and flavors of red plum, dusty herb and red clay that subtly build in power on the finish. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Drink now through 2022. - Tim Fish
2012 Either Side of the Hill, 89 points - Sleek and well focused, with black cherry and dark chocolate aromas and ripe, dense flavors of blueberry, dusty sage and spiced caramel. Syrah and Mourvedre. Drink now through 2022. - Tim Fish
San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines, December 2014
2012 Either Side of the Hill - Ryan Pease keeps that big Paso style reined in just enough in this mix of Syrah (70 percent) and Mourvedre from the impressive, terraced Glenrose vineyard near the Willow Creek area. It seems like it'll be a dark beast, with scents of candied blueberry and game meat, but then it's vivacious to the taste, that blue fruit matched to sea salt and a smoked, meaty side. Making the very best of that no-holds-barred Paso style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
This rock-solid estate is run by Ryan and Nicole Pease and focuses on Rhone varieties grown on the west side of Paso Robles. The wines don’t lack for fruit or texture, yet lean toward the more elegant, finesse-driven end of the spectrum. They’re high-quality across the board.
2013 Ugni Blanc, 88 points - The 2013 Ugni Blanc is a clean, racy effort that gives up plenty of green herbs, citrus rind and mineral water-like aromas and flavors. Crisp and loaded with juicy acidity, it stays enjoyable and would be a fantastic meal starter. - Jeb Dunnuck
2012 Songs of its Own, 91 points - The 2012 Songs of its Own is an outstanding effort that offers pretty kirsch, dried licorice, loamy soil and dried underbrush in its medium-bodied, balanced and savory profile. Made from 58% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 12% Syrah that spent 14 months in neutral French oak, this rock-solid red opens up nicely in the glass, has a core of sweet fruit and will drink nicely over the coming 4-6 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
2012 The Other One, 92 points - Even better and my favorite in the lineup, the 2012 The Other One (100% Mourvedre) spent 14 months in 15% new French oak. Classy, balanced and with beautiful purity of fruit, its ruby, semi-opaque color is followed by notes of bright berry fruit, licorice, grilled steak and pepper. Excelling more on its elegance and freshness, it should drink nicely over the coming 5-7 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
2012 Either Side of the Hill, 90 points - An outstanding effort from this estate, the 2012 Either Side of the Hill is 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged 14 months in 15% new French oak, it shows the pretty style of this estate and gives up notions of black raspberry, flowers, green herbs and some meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, lightly textured and elegant feel on the palate. It’s hard to resist now, but should evolve gracefully over the coming 5-6 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator, December 2013
2011 The Other One, 88 points - Tightly wound, with an appealingly leathery edge, offering aromas and flavors of smoky black cherry, roasted herb and pepper, with muscular tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021. - Tim Fish
2011 Either Side of the Hill, 90 points - This focused and balanced blend shows a racy edge, with aromas of smoky blackberry and cracked pepper leading to zesty plum, grilled anise and roasted herb flavors. The tannins sneak in on the finish. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2020. - Tim Fish
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013
2011 Comes a Time, 92 points - A brilliant 100% Mourvedre that stays classy and elegant, the 2011 Comes a Time (aged 14 months in neutral French oak) offers up pure aromas and flavors of kirsch, wild herbs, crushed flowers and sweet spice that lead into a medium to full-bodied wine that has a seamless, voluptuous texture, integrated acidity and sweet tannin. Supple, upfront and certainly delicious, it opens up with air and should continue to drink beautifully for 8-10 years. Drink now-2021. - Jeb Dunnuck
2011 The Other One, 91+ points - Slightly more angular and youthful, with more mid-palate depth, the 2011 The Other One opens up with plenty of black cherry, new leather, licorice and earth on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and elegant, with a core of sweet fruit and ripe tannin, it should have a similar aging profile to the 2011 Comes a Time, if not a tad longer. Impressive and very well made. Drink now-2022. - Jeb Dunnuck
2011 Either Side of the Hill, 92 points - My favorite of the lineup and a blend of primarily Syrah and a small amount of Mourvedre, the 2011 Either Side of the Hill has classic Paso Robles Syrah characteristics with smoky red and black fruits, flowers, smoked herbs and new leather all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and streamlined, with integrated acidity, beautiful focus and a long finish, it will drink nicely for upwards of a decade. Drink now-2021. - Jeb Dunnuck