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Professional Reviews


Wine Spectator
2008-02-15
James Laube - 94
Delicious, with pure, ripe Syrah fruit and a medley of plum and dark berry flavors that are firm, intense and full-bodied. Picks up white and black pepper and ends with a smooth texture and a long, persistent finish.

Wine Spectator
2007-10-15
James Laube - 92
Shows wonderful complexity, richness and depth, with deep, perfumed floral, lavender, wild berry, blackberry and spicy, leathery scents that provide a great range of flavor. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2014. –JL

Wine Spectator
2008-05-12
James Laube - 93
Intense and vivid, with fragrant, juicy, lip-smacking tropical notes of pineapple, mango, tangerine and guava. Has a terrific fleshy texture, and a finish that goes on forever. Drink now. –JL

grapelive.com
2009-12-21
Kerry Winslow - 93
The owners of Grey Stack, the Young’s have easily become the real deal and one of the great new wineries to be discovered this year, and I can say I am so grateful to have been able to taste their wines this year. My friend, a Sonoma crusader, Bradley Gray, turned me on to Grey Stack, in fact he called me moments after trying the Grey Stack Sauvignon Blanc and told me it was the best white wine he could ever remember trying almost! Bradley knows his wine and he was right on the money. I ran into the Young’s at the Family Winemakers tasting in San Francisco and was able to try their whole line up and they all were fantastic wines and left a big impression on me. Then I was able to taste this wine, the Grey Stack Dry Stack Vineyard Grenache, and I recently re-tasted it, and again it proved remarkable and intensely pleasurable. The Grenache is perfumed with lots of fruit, flowers and lavender before a deep palate of plum, cherry, grenadine and mixed berries with hints of cassis, pepper, sweet herbs, graphite and pretty oak notes leaving a lingering vanilla aftertaste.

The Wine Advocate
2007-12-31
Robert Parker - 93
In the December issue of The Advocate, Robert Parker gaves this wine 93 points - one of the highest scores ever for a Sauvignon Blanc. We are very excited. Here are his comments. "One of the most impressive Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted, this 2006 Rosemary’s Block offering from the Bennett Valley reveals a sensational nose of honeyed citrus, delicate pineapple, and lemon grass scents. The lovely perfume is followed by a wine with remarkable texture, a dry, crisp, seriously-endowed mouthfeel, and a fresh finish. The overall impression is of a honeyed ripeness and headiness with superb precision and definition. This outstanding Sauvignon Blanc was made by winemaker Russell Bevans [sic] for proprietors Peter and Marie Young. This is an exciting new winery worth checking out.

Wine Spectator
2010-03-31
James Laube - 90
Intense, with a leafy juniper berry edge to the wild berry and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and complex, with spicy, peppery flavors that are well-structured, with chewy tannins. Drink now through 2014. 75 cases made. –JL

The Wine Advocate
2010-02-15
Robert Parker - 92
This winery fashions one of northern California's finest Sauvignon Blancs. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Rosemary's is another riveting example of how good thei varietal can be when handled property. It offers loads of honeyed grapefruit, white currant, and citrus oil characteristics along with medium body, dry zesty flavors, adn exceptional purity. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.

The Wine Advocate
2010-02-15
Robert Parker - 87
The dark ruby-hued 2007 Grenache Dry Stack Vineyard exhibits classic notes of black cherries, licorice, underbrush, and earth. The wine reveals lovely fruit on teh attach, then narrows slightly in the mouth. This restrained, elegant Greanche will not make anyone forget France's southern Rhone efforts, but it is a good example of California Grenache.

The Wine Advocate
2010-02-15
Robert Parker - 88+
The 2006 Syrah the Narcissist Dry Stack Vineyard is a powerful, backward, tightly-knit, full-bodied wine displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with sweet cassis and blackberry notes intermixed with tar and pepper. An earthy, meaty, tannic Syrah, it will benefit from another year of bottle age, and should drink well for a decade.

WineReviewOnline.com
2010-03-02
Linda Murphy - 94
The 2006 Marie's Block Syrah is typical of cool-climate Syrah, with a clean note of berries and spice, medium-full body, crisp acidity and just 13.5 percent alcohol by volume. It's a restrained wine, sophistication rather than showy. [the 2007 vintage was 1.35% alc, the 2006 is 15.5%+-]

WineReviewOnline.com
2010-03-02
Linda Murphy - 94
The 2006 Narcissist Syrah - appropriately named because it is indeed all about itself - is a huge wine, viscous, ripe, toasty and potent, at 15.5 percent alcohol. Yet the weight and alcohol are balanced by firm tannins and refreshing acidity. The grapes were allowed to get riper than those used in the Marie's Block Syrah, and the Narcissist lots were aged longer, in new, heavy-toast Francois Freres French oak barrels. [Grapes for the 06 Narcissist were harvested at the same time as those for Marie's block]

California Grapevine
2009-11-10
Unknown - 86
Medium-light yellow; restrained, floral, slightly grassy, citrus adn white peach aroma with a hint of honeysuckle; medium full body; slightly plush, herbal, melon and passion fruit flavors; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

Wine Spectator
2009-08-01
Mary Ann Morobiec - 92
Very elegant, offering wonderful purity toteh ripe melon, citrus, apple, peach and apricot flavors, with a graphite edge, a terrific creamy texture and softely juicy acidity.

SF Chronicle
2009-06-15
Lynne Char Bennett - N/A
This is the first vintage that proprietors Peter and Marie Young and winemaker Russell Bevan bottled under VinoSeal - a glass stopper taht is slowly gaining favor. Delicate, nuanced aromoas of sweet herb wrap around intense, clean citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors. Polished and complex.

Connoisseurs Guide
2009-08-15
Charles Olken - 1 puff
Upon first tasting, there is a real temptations to call thsi wine sweet, but what passes for sugar is in reality lots of very deep fruit, and the wine only waits for a bit [of] age in which to unfold. Fore the present, it is moderately herbal, and it teases with notes of lemon-drop candy, but its firm balance and its ample fruit leave us wholly convinced that it is a Sauvignon Blanc with places to go.

Connoisseurs Guide
2009-11-10
Charles Olken
Once called Dry Stack, the winery is now called Grey Stack. And while the name may have changed, the winemaker success has not. The peppery, mildly gamy spice and blackberry fruit of Syrah is here met by a sweet, slightly strawberry-like counterpoint courtesy of the wine's high percentage of Grenache, and mildly vanillin oak overlies all. The combination is a good one, to be sure, and the wine is easy to taste now, but for its noticable up -tick of piquant acidity that become a last-minute distraction and costs ita look at a higher commendation.

Wine Spectator
2008-08-31
James Laube - 93
Intense and vivid, with fragrant, juicy, lip-smacking tropical notes of pineapple, mango, tangerine and guava. Has a terrific, fleshy texture and a finish that goes on forever.

Wine Spectator
2007-06-15
James Laube - 91
Fragrant, distinctive passion fruit, lime and mango flavors are wonderfully ripe, vivid, intense and focused. There's an elegance to the balance, with a terrific, refreshing acidity.

The Wine Advocate
2007-12-15
Robert Parker - 91-92
The 2005 Syrah Marie’s Block boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning bouquet of smoky blackberries, licorice, mocha, and acacia flowers. Impressively-textured, full-bodied, and pure, it should be even better after bottling. This is an exciting new winery worth checking out.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2007-08-15
Stephen Tanzer - 88
Medium-deep ruby. Pleasantly soft aromas of ripe red cherry, vanilla and smoked meat. Fat and supple on entry, then more vibrant in the middle as lively acids kick in and lighten up the pretty raspberry, plum and underbrush flavors. The finish is smooth and of moderate length

Wine Spectator
2008-03-15
Mary Ann Morobiec - 89
Delicious and distinctive, with dark, rich espresso, white pepper, boysenberry, blueberry and huckleberry flavors. The wild berry notes are a twinge green on the finish. Drink now through 2013. 160 cases made

Wine Spectator
2009-06-10
James Laube - 90
Firm, spicy, tight and compact, with chewy dried currant, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's tannic and peppery, with a dash of anise and chewy tannins.

Connoisseurs Guide
2009-08-15
Charles Olken - 91, 2 puffs
Wines like this one makes up hope that more Grenache will get planted in cool area vineyards. It has the lovely red berry fruit of the variety, is quietly but nicely accepting of its evident sweet oak influences and show glimpses of woodsy complexity that is well-fit to the wine's firm underbody. This is Grenache that has aging potential write large and extends the notion of the variety's range and possibilities in California.

Wine Spectator
2010-06-30
TF - 88
A vibrant, almost spritzy wine, with a bold pink color and notes of floral strawberry, watermelon and spicy vanilla. Grenache, Syrah and Viognier. Drink now.

Wine Spectator
2010-08-31
Mary Ann Worobiec - 90
Nicely aromatic, showing finesse, with honeysuckle adn jasmine details. Fresh, vibrant tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple and meon flavors all come together, delivering a juicy acidity and smooth texture. Drink now, 700 cases made. MW

Minneapolis Star Tribune
2010-08-11
Bill Ward - NA
GREY STACK ROSEMARY'S BLOCK BENNETT VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 The experience: When gobs and gobs of fruit first strike the palate, it's impossible to believe that this wine will come through with enough acidity to balance it out. But indeed it does. Floral aromatics and a long, smooth finish bookend the cornucopia of juicy-fruit flavors: melon, pineapple and sundry citrus notes. The setting: There's almost enough delicious fruit here for a dessert wine, but it also is dandy with shrimp, scallops, chicken, pork and grilled veggies. The back story: Grey Stack also has been releasing some delicious syrahs, but this wine has proven so compelling that owners Peter and Marie Young are pulling up a lot of syrah vines and replacing them with sauvignon blanc. The tab: $28, available at Byerly's, North Loop, Solo Vino, Thomas, Chet's Liquor (Lilydale) and W.A. Frost. BILL WARD

PinotFile
2009-09-05

14.5% alc., pH 3.85, 50 cases, $35, to be released soon. This wine is named for Peter Young’s father who is an avid fly fisher and Pinot Noir lover. Clones are 115 and Pommard. 5- day cold soak, aged 12 months in French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color. Attractive aromas of dark fruits, Provencal herbs and seasoned oak that pick up intensity with time in the glass. Very tasty fullbodied flavors of plums and black raspberries with a subtle underpinning of oak. Mouth coating fruit with a smooth, creamy texture that speaks of pinotosity, and noteworthy persistence on the pleasing finish. Everything is working in harmony. This is a wine that is definitely worth seeking out, especially given the sensible price. Reviewed September 5, 2009

The Wine Advocate
2011-03-01
Robert Parker - 95
The 2008 [sic 2007] Syrah The Narcissist Marie’s Vineyard exhibits a dense plum/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of bacon fat, bouquet garni, spring flowers, cassis and cherries. This meaty, fleshy, medium to full-bodied Syrah possesses good acidity and a Northern Rhone-like personality. Already complex, this beauty is a Cote Rotie look-alike from California. Drink it over the next 6-9+ years.

The Wine Advocate
2011-03-01
Robert Parker - 94
One of California’s finest Sauvignon Blancs, his 2009 Rosemary’s Block (from a clone he secured from Italy’s Alto Adige area) was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It reveals crisp, elegant notes of honeyed melons, gun flint, grapefruit, crushed rocks and white flowers. Authoritative and elegant with exuberant acidity, a wonderful texture and richness for a Sauvignon and a long finish, this stainless steel-fermented and aged 2009 should provide plenty of pleasure over the next several years.

LA Times
2011-03-01
S. Irene Virbila
The second release of "The Folly," a Rhone-style Syrah-Grenache blend from Grey Stack in Sonoma County, Calif., is a stunner. The two grapes blend seamlessly into a lush, velvety red, redolent of blackberries and wild herbs with just a touch of smoke. Layered and complex, the 2009 is a great example of a California Rhone, this one made from grapes grown at Greywacke Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This bottle shows its best with hearty braised meats and stews. Break out that daube pot or cast-iron casserole, throw in some beef or pork, onions, shallots, herbs and a bottle of wine. Several hours of simmering later: dinner for your Valentine, or anybody else.

GrapeLive.com
2011-05-05
Kerry Winslow - 94
One of the best white wines of California, and maybe the best Sauvignon Blanc period! This is an amazing wine with life, texture and complexity with bright tangy flavors and wild vibrancy. The nose is leesy, and fresh with citrus and sweet herbs before a round full palate of lemon/lime, tropical fruits, melon and peach layers. The zingy acidity and mineral notes add to the whole and the unfiltered richness makes this Sauvignon Blanc stand out. The slight wood notes are subtle and give extra depth, this wine is pure class and a total pleasure. Don’t miss out on this gem, it already has a cult following and it sells out quick! I loved the last 3 vintages, but this seems to be the best yet! Fantastic Sauvignon and a great summer wine, Bravo to all involved.

Wine Spectator
2011-08-31
MaryAnn Worobiec - 90
Succulent quince and pear flavors have a terrific purity, with refreshing acidiity and smooth texture. Floral, spice and mineral details add to the complexity and distinction. Drink Now. 700 cases made. - M.W.

Wine Spectator
2011-12-07
James Laube - 92
This is tightly wound, firm and spicy, yet shows a supple seam of richness, as generous wild berry, plum and raspberry fruit surfaces. Ends with chewy tannins, so it’s best to cellar. Best from 2014 through 2024.—J.L.

Wine Spectator
2011-12-07
James Laube - 89
At once rich, supple, smooth-textured and firmly tannic, with ripe plum, black cherry and raspberry notes that show touches of mineral and spice, firming on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases made. –JL

Wine Spectator
2011-12-22
James Laube - 92
Notably rich and concentrated, this white displays a beam of acidity and tight focus, offering a mix of smoky fig, apricot and honeydew melon. Long, pure, structured finish. Drink now through 2020.—J.L.

The Wine Advocate
2012-02-15
Antonio Galloni - 90
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Rosemary’s Block wraps around the palate with gorgeous richness. Lemon peel, white flowers, sage, mint and tomato leaf are some of the many nuances that take shape in this layered, exquisite Sauvignon Blanc from Bennett Valley. The long, cold growing season has produced a gorgeous Sauvignon full of energy. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.

The Wine Advocate
2012-02-15
Antonio Galloni - 88
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc shows the grassier side of Sauvignon in its white peaches, white flowers, bright citrus, sweet herbs and tomato leaf. The combination of depth and vibrancy makes this a winner. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.

SF Chronicle
2011-07-10
Tim Teichgraeber
Artile in SF Chronicle, July 10, 2011



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