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Wine Ratings Explained: What is a 90+ Point Rated Wine?

Every year we submit our Vintner, Reserve and Iconic Collection wines to top competitions, critics and publications. We are proud to have received multiple 90+ point ratings on our wines, but you might be wondering: what does 90+ points really mean? Learn more where we break it down for you below!

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Every wine publication, reviewer or competition has a ranking system they use to score wines. Reviewers are looking for wines that are balanced and beautiful, which our winemaker, Mari Wells Coyle, strives to create.

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It is important to note that different critics have different palates. A few of the top publications that rate wine include Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. Scores range from 60 (flawed and not recommended) to 90-94 (wines are superior to exceptional) to 95-100 (wines are benchmark examples).

There are also wine competitions which are offered at the regional, state, and international levels. During a wine competition, a panel of experts blind taste a flight of wines to determine the characteristics of each wine and assign them a medal and rating.

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A 90+ point wine is ready to pour and enjoy and offers various expressions to note, including complexity in Pinot Noirs and voluptuous Cabernets. We are proud to share that all of our collections offer 90+ point rated wines.

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Included in this list is our 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir that received 92 points from Wine Spectator, our Vintner Red Blend that received 96 points at the California State Fair, and our Hospitality Red Blend which received 97 points from the Women’s Wine Competition.

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In anticipation of our state-of-the-art winery opening in Napa, we submitted a handful of our 2016 – 2018 vintage wine from our Iconic Collection to top reviewers and critics including Wine Advocate,, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and To experience our winery exclusive options, learn more about how to book a visit to our winery here.

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