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Winners Circle Winery

Norm Roby Review



Norm Roby
Former writer for The Wine Spectator 
and Decanter magazine in the UK.

2017 Bon Pari Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is not one of those ripe, buttery, oaky cookie-cutter Chardonnays.  Bursting with bright, lively green apple and pear fruit with hints of minerality, lime, and cinnamon spice, it could easily pass for a fine French burgundy. Multi-layered, its racy, long finish literally leaves your mouth watering.  A blend of Old Wente and Mt. Eden clones.  86 cases produced.

Rating 95-96 points 


2015 Bon Pari Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pretty, ripe cherry, raspberry aromas with hints of earthy, leather touches, this Pinot is round and rich on the palate with red fruits and subtle savory spicy nuances. Intricate and well-balanced, its long, lingering finish suggests it will benefit from near-term aging.  Dijon clones predominantly 777 and 828, reflects the concentration of the vintage.  75 cases produced.

Rating: 92 points 


2015 Bon Pari Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

A blend of Dijon and Pommard clones, this Pinot is one of those beguiling versions that with a little aeration comes on with layer after layer of black cherry and plum fruit, and a lovely floral, rose petal component.  The 2015 crop was down by 30% with small berries and small clusters.  While rich and full-bodied, it finishes with bright and lively notes. And what a long silky finish it is! This is what cool climate Pinot is all about.  75 cases produced

Rating: 94-95 


2013 Bon Pari Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

“This cool-coastal 2013 Pinot captures the bright, often illusive pure Pinot fruit and was crafted to showcase Pinot’s harmonious and refined personality...combining concentration and finesse, purity and complexity, it typifies the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove.

Vibrant, deep garnet color.  Exhibits bright, youthful red fruit aromas that gradually open to reveal a mix of black cherry, ripe plum, and hints of raspberry.  Round and silky on the palate, the multi-layered flavors combine cherry and plum flavors with nuances of black tea, cloves and earthiness. Subtle, fine-grained tannins contribute."

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