90 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Jack Ranch Clone 174 Syrah (Edna Valley)

This is an excellent Syrah, and it’s right up there with the winery’s Clone 877 bottling. It’s nearly identical, with rich, sweet tannins, crisp acids and complex, intricate flavors of blackberries, plums, coffee, white pepper, sweet leather and smoky oak. The finish is dry and satisfying.

 — S.H.   Published 4/1/2006
90 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Jack Ranch Clone 877 Syrah (Edna Valley)

Opens with a blast of white pepper, blackberries and cigar box, and quickly turns rich, dense and fruity in the mouth. Backed up by substantial but fine tannins, this Syrah is dry, with blackberry, plum, coffee and spice flavors. It’s as good as Syrahs costing two and even three times as much.

 — S.H.   Published 4/1/2006
88 points

York Mountain Winery 2004 Viognier (Paso Robles)

The alcohol is high, yet it doesn’t feel hot in the mouth. Dry, crisp and elegant, the wine has citrus flavors with subtle hints of peaches and honey.

 — S.H.   Published 8/1/2006
88 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley)

Compared to the winery’s county-wide bottling, this Pinot is remarkably similar in the high acidity, light, silky texture and pleasant cherry, cola and subtle oak flavors. Yet it possesses an extra depth and complexity. Drink this polished wine now.

 — S.H.   Published 7/1/2006
88 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Unfiltered Chardonnay (Edna Valley)

Like all Edna Valley Chards, this bottling is bone dry, with high acidity. The flavors are very citrusy, with richer notes of honeydew melon and sweet, oaky vanilla. This is a polished, elegant wine.

 — S.H.   Published 7/1/2006
88 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Jack Ranch Clone 383 Syrah (Edna Valley)

Shares many of the qualities of the wonderful Clone 877 bottling, except for acidity. This wine is too soft to be fully balanced. Still, the flavors, of blackberries, plums, coffee, sweet leather and spices, are complex and ever-changing, and the finish is rich and dry.

 — S.H.   Published 4/1/2006
87 points

York Mountain Winery 2006 Albariño (Edna Valley)

Shows the qualities that are making this Spanish variety so popular. Bone dry, crisp in acidity, low in alcohol and palate-stimulating, this oak-free wine bursts with rich lemongrass, pineapple and peach flavors. That acidity makes it clean and vibrant and terrifically versatile at the table.

 — S.H.   Published 12/15/2007
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87 points

York Mountain Winery 2003 Albariño (Edna Valley)

Grown in this cool appellation, this Spanish variety is crisp in acidity and bone dry, a refreshing sipper that shows flavors of citrus zest not unlike a Sauvignon Blanc, but fuller-bodied.

 — S.H.   Published 7/1/2006