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#1 Value Wine of 2016
2014 Chardonnay

Robert Parker

The 2014 Chardonnay Olema at $15.00 from Sonoma is a heck of a bottle of wine, with honeysuckle, lemon blossom and a touch of white peach all present in this wine that offers clean, pure fruit, medium body and a distant hint of wood. This is a terrific value and sleeper selection. Drink it over the next year.



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Rosé

92 Points

JamesSuckling.com

2017 Rosé

A bright and fresh rosé with sliced orange peel and strawberry. Hint of rose petal. Medium to full body, layered and very pretty. Love the phenolic tension with the acid vibrance. 60% Grenache, 30% Mouvedre and 10% Carignan. Drink or hold.

91 Points

JamesSuckling.com

2016 Rosé

This is a beautiful rosé with dried cherry, lemon rind and hints of walnut. Ash too. It has a pretty phenolic texture and length. Just a hint of bitterness at the end. Drier style. New wine to find. Try it. Drink now.

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Chardonnay

"Appealing purity"

The Wine Advocate

2016 Chardonnay

“The 2016 Chardonnay Olema has expressive lemon curd, paraffin and peach kernel notes with a hint of lightly browned toast. Medium-bodied, delicately played, refreshing and with appealing purity, it finishes with plenty of uncomplicated citrusy charm.”

"Lovely vitality and poise"

Bigger Than Your Head, Wine Blog

2016 Chardonnay

” Well-made, accessible and inexpensive… the color is pale straw-gold; clean and fresh aromas of apple and quince, ginger and grapefruit are immediately appealing, while hints of mango, orange blossom and smoke add intrigue. A damp stone background and bright acidity cut through a moderately lush texture, providing support for slightly roasted pineapple and grapefruit flavors, the entire package displaying lovely vitality and poise.”

Robert Parkers "#1 Value Wine of 2016"

Robert Parker Jr.

2014 Chardonnay

Rated #1 of the Top 3 Value Wines worldwide of 2016. “The 2014 Chardonnay Olema at $15.00 from Sonoma is a heck of a bottle of wine, with honeysuckle, lemon blossom and a touch of white peach all present in this wine that offers clean, pure fruit, medium body and a distant hint of wood. This is a terrific value and sleeper selection. Drink it over the next year.”

91 Points

JamesSuckling.com

2014 Chardonnay

“This is really refined and fresh with sliced apple and lemon aromas. Hints of stone too. Medium to full body, an almost salty undertone. Medium finish. Bright and tangy. Gorgeous limey undertone.”

"Buy a case"

Cape Gazette

2014 Chardonnay

“Full-bodied, fruity, creamy and nicely balanced with a delicious bouquet of tropical fruit, pears and buttery oak. On the palate, banana, lemon peel and roast nuts ride a slightly lower-acidity frame due to the ripe fruit characteristics. The flavors continue through a medium-long, balanced finish. I normally expect Sonoma Chardonnay of this caliber to sell in the high $30s… I strongly urge chardonnay lovers to buy a case.”

"Round, smooth finish"

Wine Time Blog

2014 Chardonnay

“Aromas of vanilla, ripe apple, pear, buttered toast, and grilled pineapple. Flavors of apple pie, almond, toasted hazelnut and salted caramel are balanced by a fresh lemon acidity, leading to a round, smooth finish.”

"Well-crafted"

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2013 Chardonnay

“A well-crafted wine made in relatively large quantity, this has a tropical edge, sidelining stone fruit and apple. It also offers a lightness of pear skin, atop light, ripe layers of vanilla and oak. The finish puts memorable touches to a generous, expressive palate.” October 2015

"Wine-of-the-Week"

Napa Valley Register

2012 Chardonnay

“Russian River meets the Sonoma coast in this county appellation blend of stone and tropical fruit flavors: and stainless steel meets French oak for a blend of textural sensations in a wine that is both fresh and creamy. Napa Valley’s Amici Cellars produces the Olema lineup of Sonoma County wines, and this chardonnay ($15) is ready for a party, no matter the location. It is a crowd-pleaser with bold pear, red apple, apricot and mango fruit, lemon-meringue. toast and spice. Wine-of-the-Week.” August 2014

91 Points

Beverage Dynamics

2012 Chardonnay

This approachable chardonnay was fermented half in oak and half in stainless steel, giving the wine a crisp and refreshing acidity; apple and citrus notes balance the wine and bring a creamy quality to the finish

"Beautifully made"

Santé Magazine

2013 Chardonnay

“Fresh and ripe aromas of stone fruit, pear, bright citrus, and a note of creamy caramel. Crisp on the palate, with white peach, melon, and Meyer lemon, over hints of integrated oak and a touch of orange oil. Zesty finish, with good acidity and minerals on the end. Beautifully made.” June 2015

"Crisp & refreshing"

Beverage Dynamics

2012 Chardonnay

“This approachable chardonnay was fermented half in oak and half in stainless steel, giving the wine a crisp and refreshing acidity; apple and citrus notes balance the wine and bring a creamy quality to the finish.” May 2013

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Pinot Noir

90 Points

Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir program from Amici is managed by Jessie Fox and the 2016 Pinot Noir Olema spent 9 months in a mix of tank and barrel. It’s a beautiful Pinot Noir that over delivers at the price. Black cherries, framboise, spice, and a hint of forest floor all emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced, incredibly enjoyable 2016 that’s ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years.

"Refreshing"

Maker's Table

2016 Pinot Noir

“It’s light red-fruited, delivering a splash of raspberry and cherry with pleasant hints of fresh fennel and anise seed. The oak is light-handed, just enough to add a filigree of texture and spice. It feels drinkably fresh, with solid acidity and a juicy finish. Good by the glass or with light meats, poultry, cheeses, and hearty salads, it’s a well made California Pinot that delivers value for the price.”

"Lively"

The Wine Advocate

2015 Pinot Noir

“Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Olema has crushed red cherries, raspberries and earth notions with a waft of cinnamon stick. Softly textured with lively cherry flavors and a spicy accent, it has a medium to full body and a satisfyingly fruity finish.”

"Clean and fresh"

Bigger Than Your Head, Wine Blog

2014 Pinot Noir

“This is a clean and fresh pinot noir that offers an essential loamy underpinning as support for notes of rhubarb and sassafras, red cherries and smoky plums and just a hint of shy forest flowers. On the palate, the Olema Pinot Noir 2014 feels warm, spicy and inviting, dry, to be sure, but juicy with red and black fruit flavors highlighted by new leather, cloves and black pepper. The wine builds subtle layers in the glass, so after a few minutes, you notice elements of briers and brambles and graphite, all fixed in place by bright acidity and nuanced, slightly dusty minerality. Excellent.”

"Gorgeous"

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

2014 Pinot Noir

“The Olema is surprisingly supple. What sets it apart is its texture, its gorgeous red berry aromas, and its great concentration of Bing cherry fruit on the palate. Layered notes of cocoa and spice are in the mix. This pinot comes full circle with an impressive, lingering finish. A smart pick.”

"Editors' Choice"

Wine Enthusiast

2014 Pinot Noir

“This is a pretty impressive wine being offered for an almost unheard-of price, the fruit sourced largely from Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Cardamom and cinnamon figure in, with a lightness of body and high-toned strawberry and cherry belying an underlying richness that’ll satisfy. Editors’ Choice.”

"Seductive"

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2014 Pinot Noir

“Another undeniable value is the 2014 Pinot Noir Olema, a Sonoma cuvée that would qualify as a sleeper as well. Pomegranate, allspice and clove intermix with sassafras in this medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, round seductive Pinot Noir to drink over the next several years.”

"Well-made"

Santé

2014 Pinot Noir

“Delicate aromas of raspberry and sassafras in the nose lead to notes of ripe cherry, mixed red fruits with just a hint of woody spice in the finish. Well made with balanced acidity.”

"Smooth and aromatic"

Santa Cruz Sentinel

2014 Pinot Noir

“Smooth and aromatic, the Olema 2014 Pinot Noir dances on the lighter side of the quixotic tendencies of pinot noir. One hundred percent pinot noir made from a blend of grapes from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley, it expresses the aromas, red fruit and delicate tannins of the region. A wine to float your boat, spicy, light but not wimpy. Fruity aromatics, nice cocoa characteristics, black cherry, plum, ripe strawberry and cola make for a well-balanced, pleasant pinot noir. An excellent value.”

91 Points

Wine Spectator

2013 Pinot Noir

“Presents a lively, refreshing, complex mix of snappy wild berry and raspberry flavors, firm and vibrant, ending long, clean, and complex. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.” Featured in “11 Approachable California Pinot Noirs,” June 2015, “Best of the West, great values from the West Coast,” September 2015, and “Top 100 Values of 2015”, December 2015

"Balanced"

Santé Magazine

2013 Pinot Noir

“Juicy ripe cherry, plum, and sweet raspberry on the nose, giving way to soft oak and earthy tones. Balanced on the palate, with concentrated red berry, cherry, and cola flavors, over hints of peppery spice and herbs. Moderate acidty on the smooth finish. Good value.” May 2015

92 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2012 Pinot Noir

It’s rare to get a twenty buck Pinot Noir this good. The wine is dry, silky and elegant, almost faultless in its precision. With savory cherry, red licorice, cola and sandalwood flavors, it’s not an ager, but a very pretty wine for drinking now.

90 Points

Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide

2012 Pinot Noir

“It’s rare to get a twenty buck Pinot Noir this good. The wine is dry, silky and elegant, almost faultless in its precision. With savory cherry, red licorice, cola and sandalwood flavors, it’s not an ager, but a very pretty wine for drinking now. Editors’ Choice.” July 2014

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2012 Pinot Noir

“Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, fresh herbs, rose petal and spicy oak. Less fat than the Russian River Valley bottling but with very good definition and lift to the high-pitched red fruit and spice flavors. Not a fat style but juicy and easygoing, finishing with good grip and lift. A terrific value in California pinot.” May/June 2014

"Excellent"

Bigger Than Your Head, Wine Blog

2012 Pinot Noir

“Radiant ruby-magenta color; plums, mulberries and cranberries, brier rose; hints of cloves, rhubarb and pomegranate; dense, supple and satiny; ripe and lightly spiced red and blue fruit flavors; a few moments in the glass bring in notes of roses and violets, leather and tobacco; undertones of graphite, earth and mild tannins. Now through 2016. Excellent. About $20, marking Great Value.” March 2014

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Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points

JamesSuckling.com

2016 Cabernet

Lots of black currant and blackberry aromas with hints of wet earth and spice cake. Medium body with a solid center palate of ripe fruit and fine tannins. Soft and silky. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.

90 Points

Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

A wine Biagi worked with from the start (he inherited the 2014 and only did the blend), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema is a deeper, richer wine that offers impressive cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, and underbrush aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured and a clear step up over the 2014, drink it over the coming 5-8 years.

"Vibrant"

The Wine Advocate

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema gives up vibrant black cherry, raspberry and blueberry notions with a touch of violets. Medium-bodied, crunchy and fresh, it has a nice juicy finish.”

90 Points

IntoWine.com

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

“A wine ripe with blueberry, black cherry, plum, and boysenberry. There are side notes of vanilla and strawberry-rhubarb, pomegranate, and back notes of lavender, anise, smoked paprika and a wisp of fresh tobacco. Highly energetic and drinkable with mild tannins and a solid structure this is a Cabernet for everyone.”

"Velvety"

Meg Maker, Makers Table

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

“It’s substantial, ripe with blue and red fruits and framed by oaky spice. But it’s the wine’s velvety texture, not its flavor profile, that grabs me. The voluptuous, ripe tannins hit first, followed by a sluice of juicy acidity, and finally, at the finish, there’s a dusting of pencil shavings and tea. An admirable California Cabernet at a good price. Pair it with roasts and game, rich gratins, aged sheep and cow’s milk cheeses, cured meats.

"Elegant"

The Wine Advocate

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema delivers notes of red currants, cassis and dried Mediterranean herbs with wafts of earth and baker’s chocolate. Medium-bodied, it has a chewy backbone supporting the elegantly played fruit, finishing with appealing freshness.”

"Balanced"

Santé

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and cassis, over coffee crème and tobacco notes. Round on the palate, offering plum, rhubarb, and red currant flavors, over soft vanilla and spicy oak. Pleasing, balanced finish.”

"Good Buy"

Santé Magazine

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Deep aromas of dark cherry, black plum, and black currant, with notes of espresso and spicy oak. Round on the palate, with flavors of mature black and red summer berries, baker’s chocolate, allspice, and cedar. Silky tannins and a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Good buy. ” May 2015

"Plush"

Arizona Daily Sun

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

“This pleasing Cab deserves a look, not only for its beautiful purple hue, but also for its fine value. Focused on fruit and less tannic and complex than many Cabs, it delivers a plush, highly pleasing mouthfeel, and finishes long.” March 2015

90 Points

Beverage Dynamics

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Aroma notes of blackberry and dark cherry layered with hints of cedar, followed by flavors of berries and fresh brewed espresso; light spice and cocoa notes; good tannins and structure to this full-bodied wine.”


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