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Here is what the wine critics are saying about Cedarville Vineyard and our wines:

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October - November 2016


2013 Syrah: An aroma like charcoal and fennel leads to concentrated smoke and black-pepper flavors and a taut, tannic texture before more generous nuances like black cherry and savory lentils kick in. It's a fascinating wine that develops more layers and complexity as it breathes. Best after 2019.
92 Points. Cellar Selection.

2013 Petite Sirah: Good depth of flavor and a sense of layering makes this wine especially enjoyable. A big aroma pulls in wood smoke, black pepper, black cherry, generous fruit flavors, dark chocolate and smoky accents.
92 Points. Editor's Choice.

2014 Viognier: This wine has the complete butter and baking-spice treatment from barrel fermentation to make it rich in aromatics and full and creamy in texture. It has a light tangerine and cream aroma, rich fruit and baking-spice flavors and a lingering finish.
92 Points. Editor's Choice.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon: This engaging, full-bodied and densely textured wine has a great bouquet and structured yet fine-grained tannins. It exudes an engaging mix of spices, smoke and cedar in the aroma, and serves equally layered and complex fruit and spice flavors. Best after 2018.
91 Points

2012 Turnabout's Fair Play: Hints of charred wood and fresh-cracked black pepper meet tasty baked-fruit flavors in this full-bodied, rather rugged wine made from Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a good, firm and moderately tannic texture.
90 Points

2013 Zinfandel: A blend of dark fruits, savory nuances and black pepper give this dry, full-bodied wine a unique personality. It tastes and feels big on the palate, finishing with warmth.
89 Points

2013 Grenache: Rich in body but light in tannins, this warm, generous wine fills the mouth and eases down the throat. It has a good mélange of cherry, strawberry and floral aromas, satisfying fruit flavors and a nicely soft finish.
89 Points. Editor's Choice

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September - December 2015

2012 Petite Sirah:  Dense and intense, with loads of fine-grained tannin, this is a deep, dark-colored wine with oodles of flavor and a very thick texture. As massive as it is in texture though, delicious flavors like blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate come through and then linger on the finish. Drink from 2016 to 2026.  Cellar Selection.  92 Points

2012 Zinfandel:  A very well-built and elegant dinner wine, this smells like boysenberry and black pepper. It tastes nicely reserved and almost meaty, with moderate tannins to add grip to the texture. It should pair nicely with a roast or braise.  90 Points

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon:  Fully ripe, saturated fruit aromas lead to deep, lush flavors and a smooth, moderately tannic texture. The wine lets dried plum flavors shine through without a lot of oak tones, so it tastes focused and pure. It keeps improving with each sip. Best now through 2019.  90 Points

2013 Viognier:  Made in a deliciously oaky style, this smells like melted butter and toasted baguette, tastes like ripe pears drizzled with crème anglaise and feels almost sweet. The toasted oak component adds a touch of bitterness to balance the richness, and it all works beautifully for this approach.  90 Points

2012 Syrah:  This full-bodied and assertive wine from hillside vineyards has earthy aromas, ripe but dry fruit flavors, and a dense texture due to mouth-coating tannins. It will need time in the bottle to round off, but should be delicious after 2018. Cellar Selection.  89 Points

2012 Rules of Fair Play:  More of a Zinfandel than a red blend, this has plenty of flavor and more tannin than usual. Containing 40% Petite Sirah, it offers a surplus of juicy plum and black cherry flavors, good balance and just enough grippy tannin to make it robust.  89 Points

Wine Spectator, June 15, 2008
"You'll get personal attention when you visit this tiny, family-run winery. Armed with enology degrees from the University of California, Davis, Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks have flown by the seat of their pants to build their business, and after just more than a decade, they?re producing some of the best Zinfandels in the area. Situated at an elevation of 2,500 feet in the Fair Play region, the modest winery produces 2,300 cases annually from 15 acres of estate vineyards. Lachs and Marks show visitors around personally, pouring tastes during the tour of the winery and caves."

Robert Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No. 7
"In less than a decade, this winery has managed to produce some very tasty wines offered at intriguing prices. They are well-made, reasonably priced, delicious efforts that never disappoint."

Sacramento Bee February 28, 2010
"Cedarville Vineyard, one of the most respected wineries in the foothills.  They've been getting raves nearly since their first vintage."
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THE RHONE REPORT November 2009
"Cedarville Vineyard:  This is another under the radar producer that showed beautifully in blind tastings. These are excellent, well made wines that display plenty of character and will pair up well with food. They also offer excellent value and are well worth checking out.

2007 Cedarville Vineyard Viognier:  100% Viognier and showing a closed, tight personality, the 2007 Cedarville Vineyard Viognier shows ripe tropical fruits, pear, stone and slate aromatics with a kiss of new oak. The palate is medium to full bodied and shows nice acidity and a long finish. (88 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Syrah:   An outstanding wine, the 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Syrah offers up pure, bright aromatics of spice laden blackberry and cassis fruit, flowers, charred earth and espresso. Medium to full bodied on the palate, it has rich, concentrated fruit, nice acidity and a tannic, long finish. Enjoy this over the next 4to 6 years. (90 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Grenache:  The 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Grenache is an excellent wine and has ripe, spice and underbrush driven aromatics. There's subtle vanilla, mulled cherries and meat aromas as well and in the mouth, the wine is medium bodied with a firm, savory, rich texture and slightly drying tannin on the finish. I'd recommend enjoying these over the next 5 to 8 years. (88 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Petite Sirah:  Superb, the 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Petite Sirah has complex aromatics of assorted dark fruits, sweaty saddle leather, earth, graphite and subtle meat that lead into a medium to full bodied, balanced and rich wine. There's lot of texture here along with ripe, fine grained tannins. This should drink well over the next 10+ years. (90 pts.)

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, January 2009 (2006 Cedarville Vineyard Zinfandel)
"While happily not a wine that goes to the point of excess, this very ripe youngster is every inch Sierra Foothill Zin, and it wants pairing with like-minded, very flavorful foods.  88 points, One Puff"

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, August 31, 2007
"Attractively packaged, well-made wines seem to be the rule at the Cedarville Vineyard."

Randy Caparoso  February 2010
"Cedarville Vineyard:  Located 2,500 feet up in the spectacular mountain setting of the Sierra Foothills, this vineyard has produced equally spectacular zins on a consistent basis during the past decade."

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 31, 2003
"This winery, which is turning out attractive Rhone Ranger offerings, also produces good Zinfandels"

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 31, 2003
"This winery, which is turning out attractive Rhone Ranger offerings, also produces good Zinfandels"

Wine Spectator, October 31, 2003
"Cedarville accepts visitors by appointment only and offers tastings of their notable Rhone varietals"

Linda Murphy, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, February 6, 2003
"There is a lot of buzz about Cedarville Vineyard, a Zinfandel, Syrah and Grenache brand owned by wife and husband team Susan Marks and Jonathan Lachs -- UC Davis enology grads who released their first wine from the 1998 vintage."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, December 2001
The NEWCOMER of the YEAR AWARD for 2001. Given to Cedarville Vineyard, the creation of Davis-trained winemakers Susan Marks and Jonathan Lachs for their blockbuster, fruit filled El Dorado County Syrahs and Zinfandels.

West Coast Wine Network Tasting Panel, June 27 2001
"Cedarville Vineyard 1999 Zinfandel, 1999 Syrah, 1999 Grenache. Great Value."

Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2001
"Tomorrow's Superstar Wines"

Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News, June 27, 2001
"The Cedarville Vineyard Syrah is a benchmark wine for the area."

Appellation Magazine, August 2001
"Foothill wines worth seeking...Susan Marks, who along with her husband, Jonathan Lachs, has swiftly brought Cedarville Vineyard from obscurity to acclaim."

Honolulu Advertiser, Randal Caporoso, July 5, 2000
"The joy of gatherings like the Hospice du Rhone is that you often find unexpected pleasures from virtually unknown producers, such as this totally new, tiny family estate located in the Sierra Foothills of El Dorado County."