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Here is what the wine critics are saying about Cedarville Vineyard and our wines:

Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2019

2016 Zinfandel - Estate:  92 Points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2019

2017 Viognier - Estate:  92 Points
2016 Zinfandel - Estate:  90 Points
2016 Petite Sirah - Naylor Vineyard:  90 Points

2016 Syrah - Estate:  93 Points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Reviews from 2018

2015 Grenache - Estate:  Sophisticated in flavor and extremely smooth in texture, this high-elevation wine is easy to enjoy while also offering interesting nuances of fig and black pepper in the aroma, and plump plum and raspberry on the palate. It's another excellent wine from the very consistent Cedarville property.  92 Points.  Editors Choice.

2016 Viognier- Estate:  In the opulent, concentrated school of thought this wonderful luxurious-tasting wine is shaped by very ripe fruit flavors and generous helpings of suave oak. Flavors run from marzipan to honeysuckle and poached pears, and a nicely viscous texture fills the mouth and helps the finish linger.  92 Points.  

2015 Syrah - Estate:  This wine is rich and concentrated from the deep garnet color to the blackberry aromas and generous, almost jammy fruit flavors. Full body, moderate tannins and mild acidity provide good balance and a mouth-filling texture.  91 Points.

2015 Zinfandel - Estate:  A peppery, herbaceous aroma and savory spicy flavors make this full-bodied wine, grown at high elevation, a bit edgy but full of personality. The flavors, at first, resemble grilled fruit and beef juices, then ripe black plums flow in, complementing a texture that is firm and moderately tannic.  90 Points.

2015 Petite Sirah - Naylor Vineyard:  This generous, concentrated and full-bodied wine has rich dense flavors and a very firm structure. A touch of spicy earthiness in the aroma leads to luscious notes of blackberry jam and dark chocolate on the palate.  90 Points.

2015 The Rules of Fair Play:  An enticing toasty spicy oak aroma leads to good, ripe blackberry and black-cherry flavors that are layered and concentrated. This full-bodied wine is made from 62% Zinfandel and 38% Petite Sirah. It shows a lot of oak character but does it well and backs it up with ample rich fruit notes and a moderately tannic texture.  90 Points. 

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - Estate:  Full bodied and concentrated in flavor, this wine matches rich, almost jammy flavors with hints of black pepper and toasted oak while firm tannins give it plenty of grip on the palate.  89 Points.

Forbes, Cathy Huyghe, "Five Weekend Wines that will change your mind about Zinfandel", January 26, 2018

2016 Zinfandel - Estate:  One of the reasons I like Cedarville Vineyard’s 2015 Zinfandel so much is that I liked their 2016 barrel sample even more. It’s a little backwards, I know, but it’s like enjoying children even more because you knew them when they were babies, and you’ve watched them grow and come into themselves. Winemaker Jonathan Lachs seems shy of the fanfare around him when he pours, but quietly proud of the attention his wines have earned. He's energizing an area that's gaining in recognition -- the town of Fair Play, at 2500 foot elevation, in the El Dorado AVA in the Sierra Foothills.


Napa Valley Register, Allison Levine, "Reconsidering Zinfandel", January 27, 2018

2015 Zinfandel - Estate: 
100% Zinfandel, it is a young wine with bright raspberry and blackberry notes, white pepper, and a touch of perfume.  The wine has refreshing acidity and fine tannins. 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October - December 2017

2014 Petite Sirah - Naylor Vineyard: In this opulent, layered and full-bodied wine, a smoky beefy aroma and a melt-in-the-mouth texture come with flavors of dark maraschino cherries, dark chocolate and baking spices. It's very mouth filling and mouth coating as well as firmly tannic, but the richness of the flavors helps it to drink very smoothly.  92 Points.  Editor's Choice.

2014 Syrah - Estate: Very rich and jammy, this full-bodied wine grown at 2,500 feet has spicy oak aromas, lavishly ripe blackberry and dried cherry flavors and a mouth-coating texture. Its vanilla, nutmeg and toasted bread aromas meld nicely with all the fruit notes for a complex, showy, wine.  91 Points.

2015 Viognier - Estate: This is a luscious wine with a smooth and hearty mouthfeel, ample ripe fruit reminiscent of pears and white peaches, and vanilla and honey accents on both the nose and palate. Fermented in neutral barrels, it doesn't have oaky flavors but feels soft in acidity and seems to melt in the mouth.  91 Points.  Editor's Choice

2014 Zinfandel - Estate:  Aromas of wood smoke and grilled meat set up bold smoky, peppery flavors in this complex, spicy and full-bodied wine. The savory beefy aspects are a pleasure to taste and there is a good foundation of mild tannins and solid cherry flavors.  90 Points. 

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon - Estate:  Quite spicy and nicely oaky in aroma and flavor without seeming overdone, this wine offers smooth and elegant red and black cherry flavors and a generous, soothing texture.  90 Points.

2014 The Rules of Fair Play: Opulent and ripe but also full of black pepper and clove, this wine is full-bodied, spicy and firmly structured. It has good supportive tannins in the texture while blackberry, smoke and charred oak flavors make for interesting flavor complexity.  90 Points. 

International Wine Review - June 2017

2014 The Rules of Fair Play:  An elegant and complex wine offering ripe and spicy dark cherry fruit, good mid-palate flavor, excellent structure and acidity, silky soft tannins and a long finish.  Superb.  93 Points.

2014 Zinfandel - Estate:  The 2014 Estate Zinfandel is a pretty wine, exhibiting a red ruby color and aromas of fresh black raspberries.  It also offers excellent balance and crisp acidity like a cool climate wine.  Very well done.  Grapes farmed organically.  91 Points.

Wine Enthusiast
Magazine, October - November 2016


2013 Syrah: An aroma like charcoal and fennel leads to concentrated smoke and black-pepper flavors and a taut, tannic texture before more generous nuances like black cherry and savory lentils kick in. It's a fascinating wine that develops more layers and complexity as it breathes. Best after 2019.
92 Points. Cellar Selection.

2013 Petite Sirah: Good depth of flavor and a sense of layering makes this wine especially enjoyable. A big aroma pulls in wood smoke, black pepper, black cherry, generous fruit flavors, dark chocolate and smoky accents.
92 Points. Editor's Choice.

2014 Viognier: This wine has the complete butter and baking-spice treatment from barrel fermentation to make it rich in aromatics and full and creamy in texture. It has a light tangerine and cream aroma, rich fruit and baking-spice flavors and a lingering finish.
92 Points. Editor's Choice.

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon: This engaging, full-bodied and densely textured wine has a great bouquet and structured yet fine-grained tannins. It exudes an engaging mix of spices, smoke and cedar in the aroma, and serves equally layered and complex fruit and spice flavors. Best after 2018.
91 Points

2012 Turnabout's Fair Play: Hints of charred wood and fresh-cracked black pepper meet tasty baked-fruit flavors in this full-bodied, rather rugged wine made from Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a good, firm and moderately tannic texture.
90 Points

2013 Zinfandel: A blend of dark fruits, savory nuances and black pepper give this dry, full-bodied wine a unique personality. It tastes and feels big on the palate, finishing with warmth.
89 Points

2013 Grenache: Rich in body but light in tannins, this warm, generous wine fills the mouth and eases down the throat. It has a good mélange of cherry, strawberry and floral aromas, satisfying fruit flavors and a nicely soft finish.
89 Points. Editor's Choice

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September - December 2015

2012 Petite Sirah:  Dense and intense, with loads of fine-grained tannin, this is a deep, dark-colored wine with oodles of flavor and a very thick texture. As massive as it is in texture though, delicious flavors like blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate come through and then linger on the finish. Drink from 2016 to 2026.  Cellar Selection.  92 Points

2012 Zinfandel:  A very well-built and elegant dinner wine, this smells like boysenberry and black pepper. It tastes nicely reserved and almost meaty, with moderate tannins to add grip to the texture. It should pair nicely with a roast or braise.  90 Points

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon:  Fully ripe, saturated fruit aromas lead to deep, lush flavors and a smooth, moderately tannic texture. The wine lets dried plum flavors shine through without a lot of oak tones, so it tastes focused and pure. It keeps improving with each sip. Best now through 2019.  90 Points

2013 Viognier:  Made in a deliciously oaky style, this smells like melted butter and toasted baguette, tastes like ripe pears drizzled with crème anglaise and feels almost sweet. The toasted oak component adds a touch of bitterness to balance the richness, and it all works beautifully for this approach.  90 Points

2012 Syrah:  This full-bodied and assertive wine from hillside vineyards has earthy aromas, ripe but dry fruit flavors, and a dense texture due to mouth-coating tannins. It will need time in the bottle to round off, but should be delicious after 2018. Cellar Selection.  89 Points

2012 Rules of Fair Play:  More of a Zinfandel than a red blend, this has plenty of flavor and more tannin than usual. Containing 40% Petite Sirah, it offers a surplus of juicy plum and black cherry flavors, good balance and just enough grippy tannin to make it robust.  89 Points

Wine Spectator, June 15, 2008
"You'll get personal attention when you visit this tiny, family-run winery. Armed with enology degrees from the University of California, Davis, Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks have flown by the seat of their pants to build their business, and after just more than a decade, they?re producing some of the best Zinfandels in the area. Situated at an elevation of 2,500 feet in the Fair Play region, the modest winery produces 2,300 cases annually from 15 acres of estate vineyards. Lachs and Marks show visitors around personally, pouring tastes during the tour of the winery and caves."

Robert Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No. 7
"In less than a decade, this winery has managed to produce some very tasty wines offered at intriguing prices. They are well-made, reasonably priced, delicious efforts that never disappoint."

Sacramento Bee February 28, 2010
"Cedarville Vineyard, one of the most respected wineries in the foothills.  They've been getting raves nearly since their first vintage."
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THE RHONE REPORT November 2009
"Cedarville Vineyard:  This is another under the radar producer that showed beautifully in blind tastings. These are excellent, well made wines that display plenty of character and will pair up well with food. They also offer excellent value and are well worth checking out.

2007 Cedarville Vineyard Viognier:  100% Viognier and showing a closed, tight personality, the 2007 Cedarville Vineyard Viognier shows ripe tropical fruits, pear, stone and slate aromatics with a kiss of new oak. The palate is medium to full bodied and shows nice acidity and a long finish. (88 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Syrah:   An outstanding wine, the 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Syrah offers up pure, bright aromatics of spice laden blackberry and cassis fruit, flowers, charred earth and espresso. Medium to full bodied on the palate, it has rich, concentrated fruit, nice acidity and a tannic, long finish. Enjoy this over the next 4to 6 years. (90 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Grenache:  The 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Grenache is an excellent wine and has ripe, spice and underbrush driven aromatics. There's subtle vanilla, mulled cherries and meat aromas as well and in the mouth, the wine is medium bodied with a firm, savory, rich texture and slightly drying tannin on the finish. I'd recommend enjoying these over the next 5 to 8 years. (88 pts.)
2006 Cedarville Vineyard Petite Sirah:  Superb, the 2006 Cedarville Vineyard Petite Sirah has complex aromatics of assorted dark fruits, sweaty saddle leather, earth, graphite and subtle meat that lead into a medium to full bodied, balanced and rich wine. There's lot of texture here along with ripe, fine grained tannins. This should drink well over the next 10+ years. (90 pts.)

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, January 2009 (2006 Cedarville Vineyard Zinfandel)
"While happily not a wine that goes to the point of excess, this very ripe youngster is every inch Sierra Foothill Zin, and it wants pairing with like-minded, very flavorful foods.  88 points, One Puff"

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, August 31, 2007
"Attractively packaged, well-made wines seem to be the rule at the Cedarville Vineyard."

Randy Caparoso  February 2010
"Cedarville Vineyard:  Located 2,500 feet up in the spectacular mountain setting of the Sierra Foothills, this vineyard has produced equally spectacular zins on a consistent basis during the past decade."

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 31, 2003
"This winery, which is turning out attractive Rhone Ranger offerings, also produces good Zinfandels"

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 31, 2003
"This winery, which is turning out attractive Rhone Ranger offerings, also produces good Zinfandels"

Wine Spectator, October 31, 2003
"Cedarville accepts visitors by appointment only and offers tastings of their notable Rhone varietals"

Linda Murphy, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, February 6, 2003
"There is a lot of buzz about Cedarville Vineyard, a Zinfandel, Syrah and Grenache brand owned by wife and husband team Susan Marks and Jonathan Lachs -- UC Davis enology grads who released their first wine from the 1998 vintage."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, December 2001
The NEWCOMER of the YEAR AWARD for 2001. Given to Cedarville Vineyard, the creation of Davis-trained winemakers Susan Marks and Jonathan Lachs for their blockbuster, fruit filled El Dorado County Syrahs and Zinfandels.

West Coast Wine Network Tasting Panel, June 27 2001
"Cedarville Vineyard 1999 Zinfandel, 1999 Syrah, 1999 Grenache. Great Value."

Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2001
"Tomorrow's Superstar Wines"

Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News, June 27, 2001
"The Cedarville Vineyard Syrah is a benchmark wine for the area."

Appellation Magazine, August 2001
"Foothill wines worth seeking...Susan Marks, who along with her husband, Jonathan Lachs, has swiftly brought Cedarville Vineyard from obscurity to acclaim."

Honolulu Advertiser, Randal Caporoso, July 5, 2000
"The joy of gatherings like the Hospice du Rhone is that you often find unexpected pleasures from virtually unknown producers, such as this totally new, tiny family estate located in the Sierra Foothills of El Dorado County."