100% Pinot Noir
95 points Vinous
Another compelling wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Old Guard is weightless and gracious on the palate, with more aromatic lift and silkiness than the Vanguard. From a flavor perspective, the two wines aren't that different because Sanford & Benedict is at the heart of both. Instead, in 2014 the differences are mostly textural, with perhaps just a touch more finesse here. The 2014 is all Sanford & Benedict fruit, 82% Mt. Eden clone and 18% Gamay clone, done with 35% whole clusters and aged mostly in neutral oak.
93 points Wine Enthusiast
There’s a damp-forest-floor quality of pine needles, turned earth, moss and exotic wood smoke to the nose of this bottling, which gives depth to the black-raspberry and caramel aromas. A zippy acidity carries from the front to back of the sip, where more forest-like flavors of juniper and bay leaf meet with the hickory and boysenberry. The firm structure ensures ageability.
93 points Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Old Guard has pronounced black cherries, black raspberries and anise on the nose, with a stems-nspired, herbal undercurrent, lending plenty of spice box and savory notions. Medium-bodied and led by a structure of chewy tannins and lively acidity, it has a great core of earthy/savory layers and finishes on a peppery note.