Owen Bargreen Tastes 2023 Releases


April 2023

We are delighted that Owen Bargreen has published excellent new reviews for many of our recently released wines. Bargreen is the founder of OwenBargreen.com and has been writing about wine for more than ten years, having reviewed thousands of wines from around the world for publications such as Vinous and Decanter. Read on for his impressions.

2021 Geyserville | 96 points

“This marvelous vintage of ‘Geyserville’ blends 76% Zinfandel with 16% Carignane and smaller portions Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Mataro. This shows a Bordelaise elegance even already after two years in the cellar. Roasted dates, wild blackberry, espresso grounds and fine grained tannins. This is a beauty that is just an infant right now and really needs another year in the bottle before consuming. Drink 2024-2045.”

2021 Mancini Ranch | 95 points

“A blend of mostly Carignane (73%) with the remainder Zinfandel, the 2021 ‘Mancini Ranch’ was sourced from this site in the Russian River Valley which boasts 80 year old vines. The old-vine Carignane is really singing now. Ripe cranberry fruit combines with blood orange zest, cardamom, espresso grounds and copious minerals on the palate. Really refined and seamless throughout the drinking experience, this beauty will easily live on for another fifteen plus years. Drink 2023-2038.”

2019 Demostene Ranch | 95 points

“The 2019 ‘Demostene Ranch’ combines 58% Zinfandel and 42% Carignane which was sourced from old-vine plantings in the Alexander Valley. The nose shows dill and coffee ground notes alongside bramble and dried herbs alongside black cherry notes. The palate is silky smooth and refined with a seamless texture. These two varietals seem to complement each other so well, as this quite literally sings in unison with its pretty core of red and dark fruits alongside salty and savory notes. The combination of bright acidity and weight suggests this will easily cellar for another ten plus years. Drink 2023-2035.”

Other Ratings

During his visit, Bargreen tasted the gamut of our current-release wines. Read the full reviews in the ‘Press’ section of the wine pages linked below.


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