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Our dedication to crafting the finest wines possible has landed us at the Boars’ View Vineyard with the dream to make benchmark Pinot Noir from California’s ‘True’ Sonoma Coast. Cultivating this land from its rugged original state these young vines are already showing incredible depth and a true Sonoma Coast disposition.

It is commonly held that vineyards continue to grow toward their full potential for the first seven years after planting. With this in mind, we were absolutely thrilled when our debut 2012 Boars’ View received top scores among Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs of the vintage...on only its fifth leaf. The Boars’ View Chardonnay also impressed critics receiving an incredible 95 points from James Laube, Wine Spectator, for the debut 2012 vintage ranking it among the highest rated Chardonnay’s from the vintage.

In a recent vertical tasting at the winery of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Boars’ View Pinot Noir, we had the opportunity to experience first hand just how much the age of the vines can deepen the flavors of a wine. From the 2011 to the 2012 vintage, the acidity softened and seamlessly integrated within the deepened structure. Truly impressive, though, was the dramatic evolution of the 2013 vintage. The 2013 Pinot Noir, with an additional year of deepened vine development, took everything to the next level. The depth of flavor and concentration of the fruit in this wine is profound. Deep purple fruit flavors weave with notes of sweet spices and cardamom. The 2013 Boars’ View Pinot Noir shows a maturity and elegance of flavor development well beyond these vine’s young years. With such complexity and intrigue already apparent, we are absolutely thrilled at what the future maturity of this vineyard will bring.

We are ever honored by kind words from our friendly critics, yet we endeavor to make these wines because we are absolutely passionate about winemaking and love to share the fruit of our labor with like-minded enthusiasts. We invite you to read kind words from critics below, and thank you for sharing our Boars’ View vision.

2014 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Rated 94 pts. The production of the Pinot Noir is much higher. The 2014 Pinot Noir was aged 11 months in 60% new French oak after 100% destemming and a cold soak prior to fermentation. It offers up deep, dark raspberry fruit along with black cherry, forest floor, clove and cinnamon. There is plenty of spice, a medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, purity and overall balance. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2014 Boars' View Chardonnay 

Rated 93 pts. The 2014 Chardonnay tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol and was aged 16 months in 100% Françios Frères cooperage. Not much was made, so I will keep the tasting note short, but it is a classic Old Wente-style of Chardonnay offering up notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and caramelized citrus in a medium to full-bodied, pure, rich style with plenty of texture and length. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 94 pts. A full, rich, buttery style, where the toasty oak adds allure and texture, joining with pure green apple, melon, white peach, anise and fig flavors. A delightful mouthful of Chardonnay. Drink now through 2021.

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

2013 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Rated 95 pts. Even more stunning is the 2013 Pinot Noir, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows complex forest floor notes, damp earth and Asian plum sauce interwoven with blackcurrant and black cherry as well as hints of underbrush and spring flowers. Deep, rich, complex and showing loads of fruit, it should be drunk over the next 5-7 years.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 95 pts. Bold, rich and assertive, with lively acidity and a tight, dense core of raspberry and blackberry, revealing rose, anise and spice scents. Supple, graceful and deep, this ends with a long, rich aftertaste and a supple, caressing texture. Drink now through 2024. 

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

2013 Boars' View Chardonnay 

Rated 94 pts. There is slightly more, about four barrels or 85-100 cases, of the 2013 Chardonnay, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows notes of poached pear and white peach, has a light-gold color, a nice buttery mouthfeel and well-integrated oak. It reminds me of a Bâtard-Montrachet from France, in its extroverted, exuberant style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. 

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 93 pts. A rich, gutsy Chardonnay, with a powerful core of dense fruit and lavish oak, showing a wonderful measure of finesse and refinement. The pithy grapefruit, green apple, white peach and nectarine flavors display a youthful tannic side, sustaining the finish and offering a glimpse of what lies ahead in the next year or two. Drink now through 2023.

Rated 95 pts. Old school style with a high-toned nose of creme brulee, toasted oak and dried pineapple. Full body, phenolic and juicy. This has structure and length. More like a red wine in texture. Lanolin. Hipster. Drink now.

— James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

2012 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Rated 95 pts. For the 2012 Pinot Noir The Coast, the winemaking team went for muscle, structure and density with the Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan clones. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet bouquet of raspberries, black cherries, earth and spring flowers. Juicy and succulent with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and terrific acids buttressing and giving delineation to this complex Pinot, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, will hit its peak in 5-10 years, and last for 12-15. This is a heck-of-a debut offering from Carol and Fred Schrader.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 93 pts. Intense and vibrant, with deep, vivid, youthful blackberry and wild berry fruit that's tightly wound and supported by firm, spicy tannins. The impressive finish reverberates.

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

2012 Boars' View Chardonnay

Rated 94 pts. The gorgeous 2012 Chardonnay The Coast, produced from the Old Wente clone, reveals a straw color with a hint of light gold, along with beautiful notes of honeysuckle, white peaches, apricots and pears. Cutting a broad swath across the palate, it is a clean, pure, impeccably well-balanced, somewhat Burgundian-styled white with the California purity and ripeness well-displayed. It should drink well for a decade. 

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 95 pts. A creamy, fleshy style, with rich flavors and fresh acidity. Subtle tangerine, nectarine and green fig notes fold in gracefully and build on the finish, revealing more toasty, smoky oak details on the finish.

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

Rated 94 pts. This is a fruit-forward style with plum, ester and floral aromas that follow through to a full body and pretty velvety tannins. Persistent finish with polished tannins. Drink Now.

— James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com