We are excited to announce we have won best red wine in Monterey County three years in a row!
“Perhaps it’s because the name is fun to say. Perhaps it’s because the brand is family-owned and operated. Or, maybe it’s because they choose not to mask the personality of this varietal with oak. The fragrant fruit in this wine is able to shine through in a way that’s unique and unlike those that cake-on the makeup. It’s safe to say that there are many reasons why they won this category. Those explicit and implicit reasons combine to help flag this wine as “complex,” creating another reason voters corner this unicorn and make it their superhero in a bottle.” ~ Monterey County Weekly 2016
“With a score of 90 points for their 2009 estate Pinot Noir from Wine Enthusiast it only makes sense that this family-run Santa Lucia Highlands appellation winery continues to stomp out some of Monterey county’s finest Pinot. John Boekenoogen changed the path of his great-grandfather’s legacy of row cropping and cows to tending and harvesting grapes. His A-team includes his son Garrett as the winemaker, daughter Holly as the marketing specialist and artistic wife Susan creating the label. French oak barrels, top-notch wine crushing and pressing equipment from Europe and all their attention to detail is why their vino truly uncorks something remarkable in a county crowded with worthy wines. Stop by their tasting room to taste their 2011 and 2012 vintages or pick up a bottle from your local market for your next dinner party. Both are superior food-pairing wines.” ~ Monterey County Weekly 2014-2015