Awards & Reviews

2011 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

92-94  POINTS  – “Lemon, lime, mint and white flowers all burst from the glass. A lively, saline-infused finish rounds things  out in style. This is a beautiful and highly promising wine from Ray Signorello. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019″ – Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Issue #204, December 2012

4 Stars  – “Excellent Chardonnay: supple and full bodied, with fine fruit character (pear, lime, pineapple) combined with vanilla, toast, spicy oak aromas/flavors. It is balanced and long on the palate, with a lightly toasty finish.”  – RESTAURANT WINE® Issues #155, #156 & #157

2010 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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93 POINTS – “The 2010 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvee is rich, explosive and beautifully layered. Honey, almonds, orange blossoms and butterscotch all burst onto the palate in a voluptuous creamy style of Chardonnay long on balance and harmony. Anticipated Maturity: 2012-2018.” – Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate Issue #204, December 2012, Download Review

91 POINTS – “Ultrarich and extracted, this defines barrel-fermented in toasty oak, delivering loads of toast, but also a nice core of roasted fig and honeydew melon. Lovers of well-oaked Chardonnay will flip. Drink now through 2018.”
J.L., Wine Spectator, Download Review

90 POINTS – “Honey, orange, spicy, nutty, cream, mango, butter, vanilla aromas. Rich, fat, round, warm, juicy palate. Vanilla, baked apple, nutty lees, mango, peach, honey, butterscotch flavours. Big ripe concentration but pretty warm and fat on the finish. Drink now.
Hope’s Cuvee is dedicated to Signorello’s mom and is made from the wineries best two barrels of chardonnay of which 60 percent is aged in new wood.” – Gismondi on Wine, February 2013

2009 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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93 POINTS – “This barrel selection has long been Signorello’s best Chardonnay, and it still is. It elevates Napa Valley, not the most natural home to Chardonnay, to its finest expression. Earthy but complex, it has intricate citrus, tropical fruit and oak flavors, as well as a firm minerality.”
Wine Enthusiast, July 2011,
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91 POINTS – “Yellow-gold. Aromas of apricot, peach and vanillin oak. Richer and rounder yet drier than the Vieilles Vignes, with stronger mineral and stony elements and a saline impression of extract. Pure stone fruit flavors came up nicely with aeration, but I’d enjoy the Vieilles Vignes first for its fruit and lift and wait a couple years on this one.”
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Download Review

91 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “High in minerality and deep in character with fruit less important overall and refined, even slightly closed-in personality taking the lead throughout, this wine finds a touch of fullness on the palate but stays true to its complex yet understated approach. Its solid mix of acidity, oak and apples holds throughout and lingers at the end, and given that this one gains as it finishes, we would not hesitate to cellar it for several years.”
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2008 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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93 POINTS – “The 2008 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée is a microscopic blend of the top three barrels that is bottled as an homage to the memory of Ray Signorello’s mother, Hope. It reveals a similar straw/gold color as well as intense aromas of apricots, white peaches and nectarines, great acidity and minerality, full body and an intense inner core that suggests some cellaring will be beneficial. This cuvée suggests a hypothetical cross between a grand cru white Burgundy and the more tropical, ripe fruit obtained in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next 4-5 years although my instincts suggest it will last much longer.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue 192, December 2010, Download Review

95 POINTS – “A small production barrel selection from the estate vineyard, this fine wine is brilliantly rich and balanced, proving that Napa Valley can produce excellent Chardonnay. With pineapple, lemon, lime and buttered toast flavors, it’s ultraclean in acidity and vibrant in minerals. While it’s quite dry, it finishes with a rich flourish of honey.”
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2010, Download Review

94 POINTS, TWO PUFFS – “Layer upon layer of rich crème brulee oakiness is underpinned by a wealth of optimally ripened, Gala apple fruit in the sweeping aromas of this show-stopping Chardonnay, and, while equally expressive once in the mouth, this wine is as noteworthy for its impeccable balance and structure as it is for it complexity and fruity depth. It is, in short, a tour de force bottling that will only grow better with age, and its only failing is that there is far too little of it made.”
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2007 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

90+ POINTS – “The 2007 Hope’s Cuvée is a tiny selection of the finest barrels that represents an homage to Ray Signorello’s mother.
Although tightly knit, it reveals plenty of orange and lemon blossom notes intermixed with hints of crushed rock and tropical fruit characteristics,
abundant concentration, very good acidity, and a subtle touch of hazelnuts. More of a long-distance runner than the Vielles Vignes, it should last
for 5-8 years.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #186, December 2009

93 POINTS – “A sensational offering, the 2007 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée boasts abundant quantities of caramelized tropical fruits, brioche, and spice along with superb purity and texture, and a full-bodied, long finish. Rich, well-balanced, and impressively endowed, it should be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years.” - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #180, 12-31-08

95 POINTS – “Outstanding. Easily the best Signorello Chardonnay in many years, and a dramatic sign of the quality of the 2007 vintage. Shows intense tropical fruit, mineral and new oak aromas and flavors, with a rich array of dusty Asian spices. Just 72 cases were produced, but it’s worth the search.” - Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff, February 2009

ONE PUFF, 90 POINTS – “Ripe and rich, deep and perhaps a bit overdone in grain, honey and wax-like complexity along with spicy, almost clove-like notes, this wine keeps on the pathway to success by virtue of its supple, almost polished texture and its long, fairly lively aftertaste. It has youth on its side at present for a sense of vibrancy, and if given time in the cellar, should develop a rounded, fairly unctuous feel and even greater richness.” - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, Therry Olken, February 2009

94 POINTS – “Yellow-gold hue. Heady grilled pineapple, banana and new oak aromas. A fresh mix of lemon drop, pear and apricot flavors laced with toasted oak. Lush and full with a clove-like zing in the finish.” – Wine News, May 2009

“The 2007 Hope’s Cuvée Chardonnay, Estate, Napa Valley, was barrel fermented in French Oak, 50% completed malolactic fermentation, and the wine was sur lie aged for 10 months. Forty percent of the barrels were new oak. Aromas of forsythia, oak, lemon peel, and baked apple introduce flavors dominated by oak and lemon peel which finish with the oak, which adds a bitter note at the back.” - Harold Baer, Colorado Wine News, January – March 2009 issue

2002 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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93 POINTS – “The acids are high, the oak is powerful and this densely structured wine is wrapped in a cloak of steel and mineral. It hasn’t all come together yet. But the flavors are ripe and pure, straddling the linebetween tropical fruits and juicy apples, and this is one of those rare Chards that needs age. Best toward 2005, and will hold for several years afterward.” - S.H. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2004

2001 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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91-93 POINTS – “The top chardonnay cuvee, the Hope’s Cuvée Unfiltered (named after Ray’s late Mother), is produced from 22-yaer old vines and bottled with neither fining nor filtration. The 2001 is a rich, Burgundian-like effort revealing notes of citrus, minerals, honeysuckle, pears, and pineapples, along with good acidity, a coupled personality, and abundant length and fruit in its powerful finish. It should drink well for 5-7 years.” - Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate 8-31-02, Issue 142

2000 CHARDONNAY – HOPE’S CUVÉE

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91 POINTS – “There are two unfiltered 2000 Chardonnays from this fine winery which deserves more attention for the quality of its offerings. The bold, structured, rich , full-bodied 2000 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvèe’s light gold color is followed by aromas of smoky nuts, minerals, and rich, ripe fruit. Fleshy, with good acidity, and additional layers of depth, this beauty will drink well for 5-6 years.” – Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate: 6-29-02, Issue 141

90 POINTS – “Sporting all of the rich, slightly caramelized oak sweetness that is a hallmark of Signorello Chardonnays, this big, palate-coating wine shows a solid base of ripe apples and spiced oranges in its flavors despite the fact that it would be something of a reach to call the wine “fruity”. Richness is its forte, and its fundamental fatness suggest that it be reserved for service with the likes of lobster or well-sauced salmon.” – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

 
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