91 - The PinotFile - 8/24/18
2016 Kendric Vineyards Petaluma Gap Marin County Pinot Noir13.1% alc., pH 3.44, TA 0.60, RS <20 g/L, 300 cases, $38. Light garnet color in the glass. The nose opens over time in the glass to reveal aromas of cherry, spice and timber. Light in color, yet possessing excellent weight on the mid palate, with juicy flavors of red cherry and cranberry and a touch of spice. Energetic acidity provides freshness and lift and integrated tannins allow for easy drinking. A delicately styled wine that can be enjoyed slightly chilled. Score: 91
93+ - View from the Cellar -- John Gilman - 9/8/2018
2018 Pinot Noir “Petaluma Gap”- Kendric Vineyards (Marin County)
The 2016 Pinot Noir “Petaluma Gap” from Kendric Vineyards is yet another beautifully transparent and complex wine from Stewart Johnson, who is clearly one of America’s foremost pinot noir specialists. The wine comes in at a very civilized 13.1 percent octane and offers up a pure and vibrant bouquet of raspberries, cherries, a touch of cola, marvelously complex soil tones, a touch of bonfire, clove-like spices, a dollop of fresh thyme and a discreet framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with stunning soil signature, a fine core of fruit, ripe, seamless tannins and a long, tangy and still quite youthful finish. Stewart Johnson has made some beautiful bottles of pinot noir in the last decade, but this may well be the most complete wine I have yet tasted from him! I hope there will be a 2016 Reserve bottling down the road. Great juice that I would give three to five years in the cellar to allow it to blossom into its secondary layers of complexity and allow the moderate tannins here to soften up a bit more. 2023-2050. 93+.
89 - Berghound - 4/17/19
"A high-toned and overtly fruity nose is comprised by notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry and pomegranate that are laced with attractive and discreet spice wisps. There is excellent punch to the refreshing lighter weight (though not dilute) flavors that evidence fine delineation while delivering reasonably good depth and persistence on the mildly drying but not really short finish. The balance isn’t ideal but I like the delivery and with an appropriate dish, the dryness will be less of an issue. In short, this isn’t perfect but I like it anyway. 89/2022+ "