the press

Here I share with you the latest news on Clarice Wines from the wine press. While opinions vary among wine consumers and producers alike over the value of third party endorsements, I view it a bit differently.  I’ve come to know many of the wine writers over the years, not as omniscient arbiters of what is good or bad, but as fellow wine lovers who share a common appreciation for the earnest effort to craft something memorable.

  • Jeb Dunnuck

    Fantastic New Reviews on the 2017 Clarice Pinot Noirs from Jeb Dunnuck:

    96 Points – 2017 Clarice Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir:  “My favorite of the trio, the 2017 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is a bigger, richer effort that has plenty of muscle in its wild strawberry, black cherry, forest floor, underbrush, and crushed flower aromas and flavors. This beauty is medium to full-bodied, deep, layered, and gorgeously textured on the palate, with more rounded, supple tannins and terrific density. Drink it over the coming decade.”

    95 Points – 2017 Clarice Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir:  “The 2017 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands comes from the Garys’ and Rosella’s Vineyard and saw plenty of stems and was brought up mostly in neutral barrels (36% new). It offers Côte de Nuit-like notes of blackberries, wild strawberries, rose petals, and forest floor. This smoking good effort has a tight, classic, Old World vibe, plenty of classic Santa Lucia Highlands fruit, terrific purity, and a great finish. You can safely drink this any time over the coming 10-15 years.”

    95 Points – 2017 Clarice Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir:  “From a great site in the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2017 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard offers a slightly darker, more underbrush and forest floor style, yet has beautiful black raspberry and strawberry fruit, a touch of violets, medium body, sweet tannins, and beautiful balance. It’s another layered, elegant, gorgeous wine under this label.”

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    “This is a brand new project from Siduri winemaker and Pinotphile, Adam Lee. A small-but-beautiful project that folds a passion for Pinot into an online community concept, these tank sample sneak previews of the first releases blew me away. Definitely wines to watch!”

    94-96 Points 2017 Clarice Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

    93-95 Points 2017 Clarice Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

    93-95 Points 2017 Clarice Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

  • Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    I am thrilled with the great new reviews from Josh Raynolds of Vinous on my new Clarice Pinot Noirs:

    93-95 points 2017 Clarice Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir 
    “Lurid ruby-red. Spice- and mineral-accented raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by cola vanilla and exotic floral nuances. Sweet and seamless on the palate offering densely packed red and dark berry and spicecake flavors along with suggestions of candied rose and blood orange. Concentrated but strikingly vibrant and precise as well delivering strong closing thrust harmonious tannins and superb floral-driven persistence.”

    93-95 points 2017 Clarice Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
    “Highly expressive raspberry boysenberry potpourri and incense aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky Moroccan spice quality with air. Sweet and penetrating in the mouth offering sappy red and blue fruit vanilla and five-spice powder flavors that show a deft blend of richness and delicacy. Deepens with air and finishes impressively long and alluringly sweet with smooth tannins coming in slowly.”

    92-94 points 2017 Clarice Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
    “Brilliant ruby-red. Powerful red berry liqueur cola Asian spice and incense scents along with a bright mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Sappy sweet and focused on the palate offering appealingly sweet raspberry spicecake and rose pastille flavors that are joined by five-spice powder and mocha flourishes. Silky and seamless in texture showing harmonious tannins and impressive floral-dominated persistence.”

  • Sacramento Bee

    Mike Dunne, long-admired wine writer for the Sacramento Bee, wrote a great article on Clarice Wine Company for that newspaper. Here’s a link to that article:

  • Robb Report

    “With a new wine company, a seasoned California winemaker is offering community, education, and outstanding Pinot Noirs.”

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  • Daily Chronicle

    “Legacy is on Adam Lee’s mind as he looks to become a disruptor in the wine world.”

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  • The Washington Post

    “Traditional winemaking, untraditional marketing. A delicious blend.”

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  • Prince of Pinot

    “Clarice Family Program is an expansion of consumer involvement and education and a sensible step in that direction.”

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  • Santa Barbara Independent

    “His sales plans…are particularly revolutionary.”

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  • Norm Roby

    “So, if you share my interest in a wine club that has it all, except the attitude, look no further. The answer is a new winery named Clarice….”

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  • The Cork Dorks Radio Show

    I recently spent almost an hour with The Cork Dorks Radio Program talking about Clarice Wine Company and enjoying some barrel samples of the Pinot Noirs. I hope you take the time to listen to it and enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed recording it. Read More

  • California Winery Advisor

    “Clarice Family Program is not a mailing list; it is not a wine club; it is a completely new experience. Think of it as being part of Lee’s extended wine family.”

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  • Edible Monterey Bay

    “He’s experimenting with lots of whole cluster for the first time, adding decisive mid-palate structure and length. Incredible power for such youth.”

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  • Terroirist

    “California winemaker Adam Lee’s next chapter is just beginning. And things are looking good.”

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