Recent Reviews of Cooper Mountain Products

Cooper Moutnain Vineyards is rolling out high-ranking best sellers. Check out a few selected reviews below:


2010 Pinot Noir ‘Reserve’

Burghound, 90 pts

A wonderfully fresh, elegant and pure nose offers up notes of ripe red berries, briar and floral hints. There is a cool restrained to the equally pure middle weight flavors that possess good detail and plenty of verve while terminating in a mildly austere finish that displays fine balanced and length. This is quite dry and clean in the best sense and I really like the delivery here. Excellent value.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, 89pts

Bright red.  Aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry and vanilla, with a smoky nuance.  Youthfully taut on entry, then takes on more flesh with a little air, finishing on notes of vanilla, cola and candied red fruits.

Wine Spectator, 88 pts

This light Pinot delivers black raspberry and cola notes on a welcoming frame, persisting nicely. Drink now through 2014. 2,500 cases made. –HS

Wine Advocate, 87 pts

A smoky overtone of reduction segues into smoked meat, horehound, and cherry cola in the nose of Cooper Mountain’s 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve. Firm in feel, but with lingering sweetness as well as savory bacon notes, this may slough-off its reduction in time, though it had already been in bottle for more than six months when I tasted it. -David Schildknecht


Wine & Spirits, 92 pts

Scents of wild cherries are grounded by an oak spice that carries through to the generous array of flavors, all cherry cola and graham spice. The finish bears a mildly smoky note, which suggests a pairing with salmon off the grill.

Wine Advocate, 91+

The 2009 Pinot Noir Mountain Terroir offers up earthy minerals, wood smoke, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. More structured than the Reserve cuvee, this lengthy effort is likely to evolve for 1-2 years and deliver optimum drinking through 2019. -Jay Miller


2011 Pinot Gris  ‘Reserve’ 

Wine Advocate, 90 pts

The Cooper Mountain 2011 Pinot Gris Reserve deliciously illustrates two things that winemaker Gilles de Domingo professes to love: reduction and lees. From the former, this wine derives its sense of vibrancy and finishing “ping;” from the latter an enhancement of this cepage’s natural tendency toward textural richness (notwithstanding that to taste 90% of the Oregon exemplars I did, you would never guess Pinot Gris had that inherent proclivity!). Ripe peach and Persian melon, subtly brown-spiced and mingled with fresh citrus juices and bittersweet candied citrus rind inform a luscious yet invigorating performance you won’t be able to resist. I have no idea how this might age but wouldn’t be surprised if it held up beautifully for several years. (I wanted to cry after tasting this and then learning that Cooper Mountain also grows my beloved Pinot Blanc, but had not supplied me a sample.) And did I neglect – do I even need – to note that this humbly-priced Pinot Gris picked at the end of October represents absurdly fine value? - David Schildknecht 

Hyatt Vineyards pulls in high reviews from Beverage Testing Institute

The Beverage Testing Institute is a national agency that has for over a decade evaluated particular varietals made by US wineries on a bi-monthly basis. Recently they called for PETITE VERDOT and MALBEC submissions – here are the Results:


2009 Petite Verdot

“91” Points


2009 Malbec

 “90” Points



Kenwood Vineyards at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair

 Kenwood Vineyards:   2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards

'11 SC Chardonnay - gold

'09 SC Cabernet – gold

'09 JL Cabernet- silver

'11 Pinot Gris - silver

'11 SC Sauvignon Blanc – silver

'09 SC Merlot - silver

'09 SC Zinfandel - bronze

'10 JL Zinfandel - bronze

'09 JL Syrah - bronze

'10 RR Pinot Noir - bronze

'09 JL Merlot - bronze

The Seattle Times--Try Hyatt for Affordable High-Quality wines

I predict demand is going to be there. Why? Because, despite an up-and-down ride on the quality roller coaster, Hyatt has rediscovered its strengths and is in a position to join a handful of value-oriented, family-owned wineries in this state that consistently deliver estate-grown, affordably priced, high-quality wines.

Hyatt 2006 Merlot Gets Platinum

Wine Press Northwest reviews all Northwest wines that took Gold Medals in North America in 2010 and judges them again for their Platinum Awards. For the Eleventh Annual Platinum judging, among 538 candidates, a handful of Platinum Medals were awarded including Hyatt's 2006 Merlot!

What the judges said:

“Hyatt Vineyards has been making its customers happy with this varietal’s quality and price for the better part of two decades, and this offering in one of the Zillah, WA winery’s finest efforts to date.  It opens with complex aromas of minerality and black currant and a subtle – dare we say sensual! – complexity on the palate that slowly reveals flavors of blue and black fruit and underlying chocolate.”

Big Winners for Kenwood

010 San Francisco Wine Competition
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County -  Silver
Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County - Silver
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County - Silver
Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Zinfandel, Sonoma County - Silver
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris, Sonoma County - Silver
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River -  Bronze

2010 California State Fair Wine Competition

Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, SILVER/89
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Sonoma County Chardonnay, SILVER/88
Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Sonoma County Merlot, SILVER/90
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Gris, SILVER/89
Kenwood Vineyards 2009 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, SILVER/91
Kenwood Vineyards 2007 Sonoma County Zinfandel, SILVER/90

Reason to celebrate...again!

The August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine is just hitting America’s newsstands, and their love of Concannon’s new Conservancy line continues.  This time they love Conservancy Petite Sirah.



 About the Concannon Conservancy:
"Our new Conservancy wines are sourced 100% from grapes grown in precious Livermore vineyards that are protected from urban encroachment by a conservation trust that preserves the land for perpetuity. All the Conservancy wines are terroir-driven with an emphasis on balancing fruit with winemaking style."

More information to follow as it becomes available


Merryvale and Starmont Wines in the news…

In the upcoming Wine Enthusiast, August 2010 issue:
MERRYVALE Pinot Noir Carneros 2008 Score: 91 Points
MERRYVALE Chardonnay Carneros 2008 Score: 92 Points

(Tasting notes will be available by early July)
From Wine & Spirits magazine, April 2010:
21st Annual Restaurant Poll places Merryvale Vineyards’
as the #25 most popular cabernet sauvignon on wine lists!

At the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the winners are:

2007 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley   GOLD MEDAL
2009 Starmont Sauvignon Blanc , Napa Valley   GOLD MEDAL