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May 6, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

SFW Scores Big with James Suckling


Scheid Family Wines garnered seven 90+ scores for 7 wines from acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling!

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2016 Scheid Vineyards SLH Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92 Points 
"A fresh and elegant pinot noir with plenty of red-cherry aroma, plus delicate, spicy notes. Good concentration with gentle tannins that support the medium body beautifully. Long, silky finish. Drink or hold."

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2016 Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah - 92 Points
"The extremely intense aromas of black raspberries lead you into a full-bodied and well-structured red that retains remarkable freshness and lightness, considering its scale and the sheer quantity of tannins. The long, dry finish has more textural complexity and vitality than you normally get with this grape. Drink or hold."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Estate Chardonnay - 91 Points
"A very bright style of chardonnay with a ton of lemon and fresh-pineapple character. Just a hint of creaminess and surprisingly full body for this fruit-driven style, balancing the racy acidity. Drink now."

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2016 Scheid Vineyards Dolcetto - 91 Points
"Looking for a big red with more freshness than most cabernets? Brimming with black cherries and wild blackberries, the full body of this generous and joyful red is nicely balanced by the touch of moderately dry tannin. Drink now with pizza or pasta."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Petite Sirah - 91 Points 
"The first impression that this bold yet fresh red makes, is of a certain sweetness, due to the deep blackberries. But, immediately, the generous, supple tannins kick in and it turns decidedly dry. Slightly rustic, spicy finish. Drink now with hearty food."

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2017 Scheid Vineyards Grenache Blanc - 90 Points
"This vibrant and crisp, medium-bodied dry white proves that grenache blanc is a variety with a great future in California. Tons of white peaches and lemons with a hint of lemon blossom. Drink now."

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Tannat - 90 Points
"The tannat grape has a reputation for making reds that are inky and very tannic. But this example, from Monterey, is easy to drink, thanks to the generous forest berries and plums. It’s quite juicy, too, with rather soft tannins. Drink now."

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About James Suckling:

James Suckling is one of today’s leading wine critics whose reviews are read and respected by wine lovers, serious wine collectors, and the wine trade worldwide. He is CEO/Editor of JameSuckling.com, the wine media platform and events company with offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

In total, Suckling spent nearly 30 years as Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of The Wine Spectator, and as European Editor of Cigar Aficionado. On his departure from the magazines, Forbes called the Los Angeles-born writer “one of the world’s most powerful wine critics.”

Shortly after in late 2010, Suckling launched JamesSuckling.com, a site that evolved from him seeing a need for wine to be communicated in a more modern way. The crux of the site are his tasting notes, and James and his team of critics rate about 10,000 wines a year—all on the 100-point scale. 

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