93 & 94 point scores from Robert Parker for the Sonoma-Loeb 2008 Chardonnay Private Reserve and the 2009 Envoy Chardonnay respectively.
Sonoma-Loeb Wines have earned two DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL awards and one Silver Medal at the American Fine Wine Competition. The 09 Sonoma County Chardonnay at under $20 beat out dozens of higher priced wines. The 09 Envoy Chardonnay from Carneros and the new 09 Pinot Noir received 100% first place votes and the coveted Double Gold Medals.
90 points from Robert Parker – 07 Envoy
Robert Parker is considered one of the most preeminent wine judges and wine reviewers in the world. His Wine Advocate newsletter is used to rank wine and make recommendations to wine consumers. He recently had the chance to taste the 2007 Sonoma-Loeb Envoy Chardonnay and awarded the wine a enviable 90 point score. Here are his comments.
A light straw/gold-green-hued color is followed by complex notes of honeysuckle, buttered citrus, white peaches, and a hint of apricots. With full body, very good acidity, some minerality, and crisp, pure, nicely textured, impressive flavors, this beautiful Chardonnay should continue to drink well for 3-4 years.
91 points by Wine Spectator – 2005 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Sonoma County Private Reserve
“Firm and vibrant, with a rich, expansive core of spicy pear, hazelnut, tangerine and anise that fans out gracefully on the palate, holding a tight focus and delivering a long aftertaste. Drink now through 2009. 2,500 cases made.”
89 points by Wine Spectator - 2006 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Sonoma County Private Reserve
“$30.00 Good richness, intensity, balance and depth, showing a mix of ripe pear, fig, melon, toasty oak And hazelnut notes, with an elegant, tapered finish. Drink now through 2011 2,500 cases made.”
93 points by Wine Spectator - 2001 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve Sonoma County
“A rich, opulent style, with loads of flavor built around a core of ripe earthy fig, pear, apricot and melon, finishing with a gush of fruit and light hazelnut-scented oak. Delicious to the last drop. (1000 cases produced).”
91 points by Wine Spectator – 2000 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve Sonoma County
Bold, ripe and complex style brimming with juicy pear, fig and apricot flavors, picking up a trace of butterscotch. Long Plush, complex aftertaste, with an earthy edge. (3000 cases produced).
90 points by Wine Spectator – 1999 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Sonoma County Private Reserve
Packs in lots of rich, exotic flavors, with layers of fig, tropical fruit, anise, floral notes, sage and toasty-cedary oak. Long, complex and deeply concentrated, it delivers the goods. Drink now through 2005.
91 points by Wine Spectator – 1997 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve
Smooth, ripe and creamy, with cedary oak, ripe pear, apple and a touch of vanilla. Pleasantly earthy aftertaste.
93 points by Wine Spectator - 1996 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve
Starts out with toasty oak flavors, then delivers attractive ripe pear, apple, fig and melon notes that are rich and elegant, finishing with a long, spicy aftertaste.
92 points by Wine Spectator – 1995 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve
Smooth and spicy, with a silky texture and lots of pretty pear, spice, apricot and honey flavors that turn elegant and smoky on the finish. Impressive for its texture and length.
90 points – 1994 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve
This is a fragrant as well as lavishly rich, buttery, honeyed, full-bodied Chardonnay with outstanding extract and a thick, juicy richness. Pure and well-integrated, toasty oak.
90 points – 1992 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay Private Reserve
These no-holds barred Chardonnays are made in a style that emphasizes copious quantities of buttery fruit. The 1992 Private Reserve reveals more smokey, toasty new oak accompanied by lavish, honeyed, buttery, apple, and tangerine-like flavors. A rich, stunningly concentrated Chardonnay, it should be matched with intensely flavored foods.
2008 Sonoma-Loeb Private Reserve Chardonnay – Bronze Medal – American Fine Wine Competition
The American Fine Wine Competition is one of the nation’s most prominent wine events that celebrates only American produced wine. In the past three years the American Fine Wine competition, which is followed by a Gala dinner attended by business leaders, wine lovers, and philanthropists, has raised over $350,000 for local charities.