Awards & Revies

2009 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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93 POINTS – “The last few vintages have been successful for this bottling, after some erratic years. This ’09 is drier and earthier than many expensive California Pinot Noirs, but that makes it distinctive. It has rich flavors of cherries, cola, mushrooms, leather and dusty Indian spices. Drink now – 2015.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast, December 2011, Download Review

4 1/2 STARS – “Supple, intensely flavored, and complex in style, this is an excellent Pinot Noir. It is concentrated, full bodied, crisp, and very long and harmonious on the finish, tasting of plum, red currant, roasted nut, spicy oak, and strawberry. Can be aged a bit. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 45% new. Unfined, unfiltered. 121 cases.” – Restaurant Wine, December 2011, Download Review

2008 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

92 POINTS – “Always a very dry, elegant Pinot Noir, Signorello’s ’08 Las Amigas again displays those qualities. It shows dried raspberry, cherry and cola flavors, with a distinct minerality and a dusting of tobacco and black pepper. This fancy Pinot is a natural lamb or steak.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast, December 2010, Download Review

2007 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

92 POINTS – “Shows the volume and tannic depth associated with this bottling, a big, ripe wine not showing particularly well in its extreme youth. Tannins star, swamping the cherries and red currants, although the inherent elegance is there. Almost like a Rhône wine now, this puppy needs at least 4-6 years of aging. Just 104 cases were produced. Cellar Selection.”
- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, December 2009, Download Review

2006 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

“Medium to full bodied with rich, ripe black fruit balanced with lively acidity. Roast Squab.” – Sante Magazine, Volume 12.6, September 2008

“Matured in French oak, 45% new, and has aromas of baked cherry, graham, smoke, and vanilla oak flavors of cherry, strawberry jam, and a touch of oak laced with good acidity and fine, dry tannin. The long, broad finish adds spice. Well balanced, structured, and integrated.
Tasty to Very Tasty and it should improve with another year in the bottle.” – Colorado Wine News, October – December 2008

2004 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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92 POINTS – “This is a really good Carneros Pinot, showcasing the terroir in the most delicious way. Complex and dry, it has red cherry, cola and oak flavors, with a rich streak of dried herbs, Asian spices and sweet leather.
Really first rate, an elegant, silky Pinot from the Napa side of the appellation.” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November, 2006

2002 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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91 POINTS- “Medium-deep ruby color; deep, concentrated black cherry aromas, toasty oak and spice; big, full of black cherry fruit,
toasty oak and some nice spicy notes; good structure with a long finish. Another in a significant line of flavor-packed and interesting Pinots from Ray Signorello and
the Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros.” – Pinot Report, Issue #28, 4/15/05

2001 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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93 POINTS – “There’s an amazing density to this wine, which has a molten quality to the mouthfeel. It’s as if the cherry, raspberry, mocha and cinnamon flavors were dissolved in mercury. On the other hand, the tannin-acid structure is a wonder.
Intricate and dry, this single-vineyard beauty feels easy and silky.” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine – April 2004

90 POINTS – “Nice aromas redolent of sweet cherries set the early pace, and the rich oak that is so lavishly laid on in Signorello wines is here held to a strong but balancing element of crème brulee with a seeming dash of cocoa.
Fairly full in body and fleshly in feel, this is mouthfilling wine whose dried raspberry and cherry fruitiness holds well into the ripe, somewhat astringency-dried finish. A bit of bottle age is needed.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide To California Wine, February 2004

4 1/2 STARS – “Supple, complex in flavor, and full bodied; an excellent Pinot Noir, with richness (cherry, red currant, plum) and layers of oak complexity (toast, tobacco, cedar). Very long finish. Unfiltered. 263 cases [2004-2005] 707.255.5990 ” – Restaurant Wine: The Full Service Guide to On Sale Beverage Profits – Issue #92

90 POINTS – “Medium-deep ruby color; deep, concentrated berry aromas with notes of toasty oak; big, jammy, tannic with lots of berry fruit and significant toasty, sweet oak; full flavored, good structure with a long finish. Interesting and lovely style of Point from Ray Signorello. It seems like just a baby – needs time in a bottle and glass.” – PinotReport, Issue 20, February 2004

94 POINTS – “Signorello Pinot Noir Las Amigas Vineyard 2001 Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States – Very spicy, clove, black cherry, licorice root, compost, smoky cooked rhubarb and cinnamon nose. Rich, round, supple, elegant and warm. Big black cherry jam, peppery, spicy, clove, vanilla, licorice flavours with a touch of stewed rhubarb and strawberry vanilla on the finish. Very suave, well balance
Burgundian style with the ability to age 2-7 years. Delicious.” – Gismondi On Wine

2000 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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TWO PUFFS, 91 POINTS – “This combination of viniculturist and vineyard has long found favor in these pages, and so again does this latest offering rank high among our picks. Absolutely loaded with optimally ripened and precisely defined varietal cherries, the wine is made more inviting yet by its lavish use of sweet, vanillin oak. Rich in aroma, and rich throughout its lengthy flavors,
it is as well-balanced as it is well-stuffed and can be enjoyed now for its abundant fruit or held as its complexities emerge.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide, May 2003

4 1/2 STARS – “Very fine Pinot Noir, in a richly flavored, supple, full style. It is concentrated, very complex in flavor (smoky oak, black raspberry, plum cherry, toast, clove), and long on the finish.
ONE OF THE BEST PINOT OF THE VINTAGE. Unfiltered.” – Restaurant Wine, Issue #92

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – “Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, smoky, spicy, black cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and sandalwood; medium-full body; forward, herbal, silky, cherry fruit flavors with good depth and a layer of creamy oak; well balanced; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.
Shows some elegance and maturity.” – California Grapevine, December 2002 – January 2003; Vol. 28, No. 6

1999 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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4+ STARS – “Youthful, full bodied, and intensely flavored, with rich fruitiness (plum, strawberry) and evident new oak (wood, vanilla, toast). Very long finish. Excellent. Unfiltered. (2003-2004)” – Restaurant Wine

FIRST PLACE – “Medium ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of vanilla, cinnamon, and creamy charred oak; medium-full body; rich, toasty, spicy, deeply fruited, ripe black cherry fruit flavors; well balanced; medium-full tannin; slightly tart and herbal on the finish; lingering aftertaste.
Highly recommended. Should continue to develop with another year or two of aging.” – California Grapevine, December 2001 – January 2002

1998 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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91 POINTS – “Here is proof the ripeness, richness and solid varietal character can coexist in Pinot Noir provided that the wine is fit with a very deep core of succulent fruit. Rich and downright velvety in feel with plenty of body and a keen sense of balance, this wine is simply loaded with cherries, toast and creamy oak spice.
It ends with a crescendo of fruit and insistent oak at the finish and has all the right stuff to hold in very good stead for another five or six year of age.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2002

1997 PINOT NOIR – LAS AMIGAS VINEYARD

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90 Points – “Excellent blackberry, smoky, earthy aromas greet the nose. Lots of follow-through on the palate, with a dense, almost syrupy texture, ripe fruit flavors and spice accents.
A long, mildly tannic, sweet finish closes this fine, highly extracted wine.” – Wine Enthusiast, October 1999

TWO PUFFS – “Although showing a certain kinship with its rustic cellar mate from Russian River Valley, this very successful opus sports a fine measure of rich fruit that more than balances its tougher leanings. Neatly focused in its nose and flavors on deep, well-ripened cherryish fruit, it makes good use of rich oak from start to finish, and its lengthy aftertaste finds fruit keeping pace with firming tannins and a touch of heat.
Never one for service with delicate foods, it has many years of development ahead of it.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide, July 2000

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED- “Medium ruby color, attractive, forward, intense, spicy, toasty, distinctly varietal, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with hints of cinnamon and sandalwood; medium-full body; silky, herbal, stemmy, concentrated, spicy, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with good depth; medium; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.
Should continue to develop with another year or two of bottle aging. (Group Score: 16.1 of 20 pts, 7 of 15 first-place votes/3 seconds/3 thirds; My Score : 16.5 (88 of 100 points), First Place.” – California Grapevine, April – May 2000

CALIFORNIA BEST OF THE BEST – (90 wines tasted blind) – 1997 Signorello Vineyards, Las Amigas Carneros – Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2000

89.8 – National Critics’ Picks – Global Vintage Quarterly, June 2000

FIRST PLACE – “Forward, attractive scents of cherry-raspberry fruit, high-toast French oak, anise and a note of black pepper spice. Luscious and rich on the palate with deep, nicely extracted red fruit and medium tannins. Wonderful complexity and texture.
The wine deserve a couple of years of aging.” – Steve Pitcher’s Vitner’s Choice, May 2000

FOUR STARS – “Not afraid to show its colors, this Pinot is a rich one meant for grilled meats. Medium-full-bodied, complex, dry, balanced acidity, integrated oak, fairly tannic. Dark Ruby in color. Aromas of Blackberry, peppery, plum spicy. Flavors of allspice, black cherry, chocolate, toast. Concentrated, long finish, rich, ripe.” – Norm Roby, Leslie Sbrocco WINE TODAY, 9/4/00″