Current Accolades



2013 B. LEIGHTON SYRAH, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


94-96+ Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Hitting another level, the inky colored 2013 Petit Verdot Olsen Vineyards is one sensational Petit Verdot that saw whole berry fermentation. extended lees contact and aging in 50% ew French oak. It sports drop-dead gorgeous notes of spring flowers, violets, plum cassis and coffee bean to go with a full-bodied, layered, ultra-pure style on the palate. Shining for its textural richness, as well as its incredible purity of fruit, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and thrill for over a decade. If you haven't heard of Brennon Leighton, now's a good time to fix that! (Jeb Dunnuck)

92 Points, Wine Spectator
Ripe and fleshy, with generous cherry and floral flavors, hinting at black tea and licorice notes as the finish plays against a polished texture. (Harvey Steiman)

2013 B. LEIGHTON SYRAH, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


93 Points, Wine Spectator
Focused, polished and intense, centered on blackberry and red plum flavors, with hints of pepper and caramel as the finish extends. Best from 2017 through 2022. (Harvey Steiman)

91-93, Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Seeing 100% whole clusters and aging in 20% new puncheons, the inky colored 2013 Syrah Olsen Vineyard has terrific notes of incense, plums, violets and pen ink. These give way to a firm, nicely structure, full-bodied Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-12 years of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)

2013 B. LEIGHTON GRATITUDE, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


92 Points, Wine Spectator
Broad and generous, brimming with green olive - accented plum and currant flavors, coming together harmoniously on the finish, surrounded with velvety tannins. Mouvedre, Grenache, Syrah. Drink now through 2022. (Harvey Steiman)

2012 B. LEIGHTON GRENACHE, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


92 points, Wine Spectator
Fresh and vibrant, densely packed onto a lithe frame, with floral cherry and guava flavors that dance through a jazzy finish, lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2018. 90 cases made. (Harvey Steiman)

90-92 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2012 Grenache Olsen Vineyard has outstanding potential with its darker berry-styled fruit, gunpowder, ground pepper and subtle floral qualities flowing to a full-bodied, layered and seamless profile on the palate. Made from 100% Grenache, fermented with 100% whole cluster, and aged all in three-year-old barrels, it is a serious effort that will deliver the goods for 7-9 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

92 points, Stephen Tanzer
Good medium red. Raspberry, mocha and smoky minerality on the alluring nose. Creamy and sweet but lively in the mouth, with the raspberry fruit complicated by rocky minerality and subtle notes of fennel, sweet dirt and peppery spices. Finishes with a firm tannic spine that should support a graceful evolution in the bottle. This is the new project of Brennon Leighton, who left Efeste a couple years ago to join Charles Smith on his new white wine projects. (Stephen Tanzer)

2012 B. LEIGHTON PETIT VERDOT, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


93-95 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Currently aging in 50% new French oak, the 2012 Petit Verdot Olsen Vineyard knocks it out of the park with its incredible cassis, plum, licorice, crushed rock and violet/spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Coming from vines lying at an elevation of 1,100 feet and fractured basalt and sandy loam soils, this full-bodied, decadent, full-flavored, yet elegant beauty will be relatively approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. It is spectacular. (Jeb Dunnuck)

93+ points, Stephen Tanzer
Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of blackberry liqueur, violet, mint and licorice, complicated by a medicinal quality and a suggestion of exotic flowers. Juicy and penetrating but with lovely sweetness to its flavors of wild black raspberry, blackberry and mint. Tannins are serious but not hard, with the finish displaying outstanding floral length. I certainly can't recall a better varietally labeled petit verdot from Washington, or California either, for that matter. (Stephen Tanzer)

2012 B. LEIGHTON SYRAH, OLSEN BROTHERS VINEYARD


91 points, Wine Spectator
Earthy, gamy overtones add complexity to the ripe black cherry and oatmeal flavors. Wet earth notes are more prominent on the finish. This has depth and a distinctive personality. Best from 2016 through 2020. 105 cases made. (Harvey Steiman)

91-93 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2012 Syrah Olsen Vineyard delivers classic bacon fat, pepper, peat moss and assorted darker-styled fruits to go with a full-bodied, voluptuous and layered feel. Aged in 25% new French oak, it's a forward, sexy wine that also has solid underlying tannin, excellent concentration and a big finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)

94+ points, Stephen Tanzer
Healthy dark red-ruby. Knockout nose combines raspberry, minerals, smoked meat, fresh blood and black pepper; shows the wildness I associate with Cornas from a generation ago. Silky, sappy and pure on the palate, offering superb intensity and rocky minerality to the vibrant flavors of black fruits, cured meat, orange rind and spices. Very long on the aftertaste, with suave tannins disappearing into the wine's fruit. A stunner. (Stephen Tanzer)
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