John Gilman, View from the Cellar, 1.11.23 -- 93pts "The 2019 Pinot Noir “Petaluma Gap” from Stewart Johnson’s Kendric Vineyards is once again outstanding and a great, great value. The wine includes thirty-five percent whole clusters this year and was raised for two years in cask prior to bottling without filtration. Twenty-five percent of the casks were new this year for the wine, which comes in at a svelte thirteen percent octane. The wine offers up a refined aromatic constellation of cherries, strawberries, cinnamon, mustard seed, a touch of beetroot, a lovely base of soil, woodsmoke and a nice touch of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, young and transparent, with a lovely core of red fruit, tangy acids, fine focus and grip and a long, complex and moderately tannic finish. This will want a handful of years in the cellar to properly blossom. It is a very elegant example of west coast pinot noir. 2031-2075+."
Alder Yarrow, Vinography, 8.14.22 -- 9/10pts "Light ruby in the glass, this wine smells of raspberry, raspberry leaf, and red apple skin. In the mouth, bright, faintly saline flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, and sour cherry have a lovely gauzy tannic structure and pretty citrus peel acidity. Delicious and quite sensuous on the palate."
Wine Enthusiast, 9.12.22 -- 91pts "Complex earth, leather and balsam aromas lead to a mellow mélange of mulled strawberries, red plums, cinnamon and cloves on the palate. While full bodied and lightly tannic, this wine tastes mature and ready to enjoy. —J.G. "