94 Points - The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Top of Land has a pale to medium ruby color and nose of moss-covered bark, laurel and undergrowth with a core of dark cherry and berry fruit—there are a lot of latent aromas here. Light to medium-bodied, it gives wonderfully concentrated dark fruits in the mouth with an earthy character, firm and grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing with a great orange peel note. 142 cases produced.
93 Points - James Suckling
This shows a very balanced and attractive nose with blueberries, violets, orange peel and lemons. The tannins are tight and firm, providing a delicious backbone to the fresh raspberries and berries. Medium-bodied and medium long on the finish. Drink in 2012.
2016 was another year of drought throughout California. Fortunately, Fort Ross Vineyard was not affected as the early December rainfall was sufficient to fill our irrigation ponds to capacity and even allowed us to have water at the end harvest. The ideal moderate weather on the coast leading up to harvest was free of heatwaves and rain, allowing the grapes to mature slowly and evenly to reach their optimal development. The Pinot Noir was unhurriedly harvested between September 3 — 20, one of the many advantages of growing grapes overlooking the cool Pacific Ocean. Chardonnay was picked September 17 — 26 and finally the slower ripening Pinotage on September 23 — 28. Our new block of Chardonnay, just off Meyers Grade Road had its first harvest in 2016 and the fruit is showing great promise. The lasting memory of the harvest is a vision of perfect bunches of grapes, with no side wings to delay the ripening, even berry size and a balanced crop hanging on the vines. These wines are vibrant and aromatic with excellent acidity.