Wine Review

Over the years, we have received many favorable reviews on our wine, particularly from the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator.  Many of our members are familiar with these reviews; they are printed here for the benefit of our newer members who may not have seen them.

Robert Parker Jr. has now retired from being the head taster at the Wine Advocate, a wine journal he founded in 1975.  In his last year of tasting wines in Napa – 2010 – he gave our wines four 94 point scores (2007 Seduction, 2008 Seduction, 2008 Merlot Reserve, 2007 Unrestrained Reserve).  Antonio Galloni succeeded Robert Parker for tasting Napa wines, but left the Wine Advocate earlier this year to pursue a separate endeavor.  Robert Parker Jr. will again be reviewing Napa wines this year – we are looking forward to his opinions on our upcoming release.

2007 Seduction Bordeaux Blend   94 points 


“The 2007 Seduction exhibits more graphite, licorice, black currant, and blackberry, with some floral underpinnings. I don’t like it better or worse than the 2008. Slightly more restrained, this gorgeous, medium to full-bodied wine is another impressive example of Napa viticulture at an attractive price point.”- Robert Parker


2010 Seduction Bordeaux Blend   94 points


“The 2010 Red Blend Seduction is one of the darker, richer wines in this range. Here, too, the tannins are quite silky and polished, making the wine quite enjoyable even at this early stage. Violets, mocha and cloves are layered into the rich, sumptuous finish. The appropriately named Seduction is indeed very hard to resist. I imagine it will be even better in another year or two, once some of the baby fat drops off. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”  - Antonio Galloni

2010 Chardonnay Reserve  93 points


“The 2010 Chardonnay Reserve is another striking wine from O’Brien. The sur-lie aging in French oak gives the wine notable breadth and volume, but without masking varietal character. The 2010 Reserve is gorgeous in the way it captures the exuberance of California Chardonnay, but with much more nuance and transparency than is common within this style. Almonds, floral infused honey and nectarines all come alive on the creamy, textured finish. The 2010 is rich, bold and beautiful. I would prefer to enjoy this striking Chardonnay in its exuberant youth. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.” - Antonio Galloni


2010 Devotion Cabernet Franc   92 points


“The 2010 Cabernet Franc Devotion is another wine that stands out for its textural depth, finesse and sheer polish. There is plenty of varietal character in the glass, something I can’t always say about Napa Valley Cabernet Francs. Grilled herbs, mocha, plums, espresso and cloves are some of the many nuances that all meld together in this deep, fleshy wine. Layers of fruit continue to resonate on what seems like an eternal finish. The ripeness and softness of the tannin suggests the Devotion will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”  - Antonio Galloni

2010 Romance of the Heart Bordeaux Blend   93 points


The juiciest of dark raspberries, cloves, mint and freshly cut roses flow from the 2010 Red Blend Romance of the Heart. This supple, inviting wine possesses gorgeous depth and richness, all in a silky style that makes it approachable today. The 2010 firms up with time in the glass, but it remains quite polished and approachable for the year. Sweet herbal notes from the Cabernet Franc appear on the finish, adding further complexity and character. The Red Blend is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.