Mother Nature brought the heat in 2014, and while a large crop helped mitigate the warmth a bit, these are no shrinking violets. Currently the Whistling Ridge is beginning to open up and drinks with great texture and complex personality, tannins are still distinct and the best is yet to come. Durant is aromatically beautiful but linear in the mouth and distinctly structured with a mix of bright acid and fine grain tannins. At the moment, this is for the brave or those with fatty meat on the dinner menu. Bishop Creek, is evolving but still in a closed phase. My recommendation is to hold these for now, checking in on them in another year, with Whistling Ridge as a thought around the holidays. My current favorite for the Pinot Noirs to open now is the Ribbon Ridge bottling.
Whites are excellent, with the Chardonnays leading the way. The Richard's Cuvee is best open for a few hours, and the Durant is in the early stages of plateau. Perhaps the best year for Pinot Gris since 2011, the regular bottling is remarkable and a tribute to good fruit. The 2014 Whistling Ridge Blanc is evolving texturally, showing exquisite fruit expression and should last at least 8-10 years.