RATINGS ON CURRENT RELEASES
2014 Couloir Cambell Ranch, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
94pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This is a beautifully bold wine, tannic and brimming in supportive oak that speaks to an age-worthy potential for cellaring. Crisp wisps of orange and red cherry meet a touch of smoked meat and wild sage to memorable affect, a taste of the sauvage that's hard to beat."
92pts, PinotFile: "Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly enjoyable in every way, with enchanting aromas of blackberry liquor, plum, soy sauce and subtle oak. Mid weight flavors of ripe black cherry and purple berries are accented with a hint of toasty oak and Asian spices. Suave in the mouth with soft tannins, leading to a bright, gifted finish that leaves a little alcoholic heat in its wake. Score: 92"
2014 Couloir Chileno Valley Vineyard, Marin County Pinot Noir
94pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This wine grabs the attention with a distinctive earthy, wild yet sophisticated personality. The aroma is like forest floor, dried mushrooms and black tea. Flavors convey rhubarb and plum but also are savory and smoky as they fill the mouth and linger on the finish."
92pts, PinotFile: "Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Like a walk in a forest after a rain, featuring aromas of cedar, pine and sandalwood along with crushed wild berries off the vine. Delightfully composed, with middleweight flavors of boysenberry and dark raspberry along with a touch of smoke. Very fine-grain tannins create a sensual texture and the wine finishes with a dazzling array of berry flavors. Score: 92"
2014 Couloir John Sebastiano, Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
94pts, PinotFile: "Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of blackberry jam, soy, potpourri and earthy flora. The wine explodes with glorious fruit on entry, saturating the mid palate with delicious flavors of black raspberry, plum and spice, finishing with both length and intensity. Impeccably balanced with vibrant acidity and integrated tannins, this beauty offers a sublime experience for hedonists. Score: 94"
93pts, Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Baked black cherry and black plum meet with lots of crushed gravel and light fennel on the nose of this bottling that is all about fruit and earth, rather than herb and spice. Tart red plum and sour raspberry show upon the palate’s gravelly texture, but darker red fruit awaits in the midpalate along with char and a touch of soy."
2014 Couloir Monument Tree, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
94pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Fabulous flavors and a racy, elegant texture lift this wine above the pack. It has an intricate perfume of baking spices, rhubarb and forest floor followed by vivid and slightly tangy fruit flavors all held together with ease by the lightly gripping mouth-feel."
94pts, PinotFile: "...Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. This wine really impresses with aromas of muddled black cherry and raspberry, along with spice and wooded forest infusions. The aromas achieve more penetration with time in the glass. Mid weight plus flavors of black cherry, blackberry and spice satisfy with added accents of dark caramel and char from oak. Intriguing and beautifully balanced, with a seductive velvety texture that makes you want to pour this syrupy Pinot on your waffle. Score: 94"
2013 Couloir Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir
93pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine - "This is winemaker Jon Grant's second year working with Campbell Ranch, a site planted at 750 feet of elevation among the fog-shrouded redwoods near Annapolis. It buzzes with coastal energy, feeling pristine and perfectly ripe, the cranberry and sour cherry pulse of the fruit layered with aromas of woodland flowers and pine fronds, the overall impression as crisp as spring water."
93pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "From the extreme wilds near Annapolis, this vineyard-designate is rapaciously earthy in all the right ways, a taste of its environs, sauvage and demanding. Dark cherry and blueberry exude on the nose and follow through on the palate, in between jolts of baking spice and dried herb. Medium bodied, the wine is on the money right now, but should also do well in the bottle for years to come."
92pts, PinotFile: "Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose mixes aromas of fresh cherries with red currants and candied apple. On entry, the wine saturates the palate with flavorful cherry and berry fruits and persists with a vengeance through a glorious finish replete with highly aromatic fruit. Beautifully crafted, with balanced tannins and sheer beauty of flavor."
90pts, Wine Spectator - 8 Thrilling Sonoma Pinot Noirs
"Well-structured and tempting, with blueberry, raspberry, plum and cherry notes, all subtle and well-defined. On the delicate side. Drink now. 241 cases made."—J.L.
2013 Couloir Monument Tree Pinot Noir
93pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This has a classic, lighter red color and equally classic aromas of red cherry, sour cherry, black tea, lightly toasted oak and a touch of forest floor. Generous cherry and plum flavors are perfectly balanced with crisp acidity and fine-grained tannins. It's not a big wine, but a vivid, polished and memorable one."
90pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine - "Tight and lean, this comes from a cool site now owned by the Duncan family of Silver Oak and Twomey. Moving from burly tannis toward juicy cranberry and grapefruit flavors, it's laced together with mint, coastal redwood scents and tightwire acidity."
STRAIGHT LINE WINE
2013 Straight Line Tempranillo
91pts, Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This wine has rich blueberry aromas, a softly tannic texture and and black currant flavors that open more with each sip. Concentrated and full in body, it’s a luxurious-feeling and abundantly flavored wine that lingers long on the palate."
2013 Straight Line Zinfandel
95pts, Decanter Magazine
90pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine
2013 Straight Line Pinot Noir
91pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine - "...It's a serious pinot noir, with a sappy red cherry tone that gains complexity from umami notes of smoke and autumn leaves. Point up its savory qualities with sautéed black trumpet mushrooms."
91pts, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "This has a warm and inviting cherry compote aroma. Broad, ripe and complex flavors resemble black cherry, cinnamon and wood smoke, with a full body and a velvety texture.The wine falls on the rich, plush side of the fence, simply gorgeous in flavor profile, full bodied and long on the finish."
Wine Spectator Magazine - "A delicate, understated style, with lively watermelon, blueberry and cherry flavors that gain depth and persistence. A touch of mineral and crushed rock shows on the finish. Drink now through 2020." 132 cases made. –JL
2012 Straight Line Tempranillo
Wine Spectator Magazine - "Distinctive and tightly focused, with dried cherry and wild berry aromas and complex flavors of Asian spice, tobacco and lead pencil. The tannins are tight but ripe. Drink now through 2020." 748 cases made. –TF
ARTICLES ABOUT COULOIR WINES AND STRAIGHT LINE WINE
Wine Spectator: 8 Thrilling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs (May 2015)
"Couloir is a relatively new label that stood out in recent tastings...He launched his own label in 2007, initially focusing on single-vineyard Pinots from Mendocino. He has since branched out to the Sonoma Coast with his 2013 Campbell Ranch, a well-structured yet delicate offering. " ~Augustus Weed
Pensacola News Journal: Wine time: Tempranillo gets a modern update by Straight Line (March 2014)
"To me, it is an homage of sorts to the hipster’s aversion to mainstream styles that brings us wine like the Straight Line Tempranillo...Truly stunning stuff, but in a classy but yet decadent style". ~Chris Kemo Massey
Edible Feast: Edible Road Trip in Northern California: 10 spots for hungry visitors from Edible Marin & Wine Country (February 2014)
Read, Visit and Discover why the Couloir Wines | Straight Line Wine tasting room made the list of 10 spots!
Portland Press Herald: Wine: New book spotlights younger generation of California winemakers (January 2014)
These vintners are curious, Europhile, well-informed and humble.
"The Pinot Noir is…a benchmark for what should happen when Burgundy’s delicate flower comes to a warmer part of the globe." "The Straight Line is so as-it-should-be...I shed almost-real tears of appreciation." ~Joe Appel
805 Living: The Armchair Oenophile (December 2013) "Straight Line’s 2011 Syrah is good wine. In fact, it’s great wine. Bold but balanced, this lush number exhibits red and black fruit from the aromas to the flavors to the finish...This will easily pair with just about any Christmas dinner." ~Anthony Head
Edible Marin & Wine Country: Working With Nature Comes Naturally To This Couple (Winter 2013)
"The desire to live in harmony with nature is equally evident in their pantry, and in their cellar.....Perhaps most extraordinary of all, they have opened a hip in-town tasting room, not in Napa or Sonoma, but on the Tiburon waterfront in Marin. It may seem like a funky locale at first glance, but dig deeper, and it all makes perfect sense.” ~David Katz, Edible Marin
SF Gate: Double Shot Of Pinot Noir For The Holiday Table (November 2013)
"Jon Grant found a precise, slightly edgy expression from this popular site in the valley's north end, now owned by Twomey. A juniper aroma to polished, fresh bayberry fruit, with a great citrus-y kick." ~Jon Bonné, SF Chronicle wine editor