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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

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