Reviews

  • Once & Future 2017 Mataro, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (5/1/2019)

    The 2017 Mataro Oakley Road Vineyard from Once & future is pliant, supple and wonderfully expressive today. Soft, silky tannins make it easy to drink.
  • Once & Future 2017 Zinfandel, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (6/30/2019)

    Refined, svelte and well-built, with elegantly layered black raspberry, zesty jalapeño and licorice flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 226 cases made.
  • Once & Future 2017 Zinfandel, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (5/1/2019)

    The 2017 Zinfandel Oakley Road Vineyard handled the rigors of the growing season with more success than the Mataro. Floral notes add lift to the red stone fruit Zinfandel flavors. Silky, aromatically open and inviting, the 2017 has a lot to offer. I would prefer to drink it over the near and medium term.
  • Once & Future 2017 Merlot, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (5/1/2019)

    The 2017 Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard is ripe, pliant and super-expressive. Leather, smoke, cedar, tobacco, incense, blackberry and chocolate all emerge over time. The 2017 is bold and racy, and yet it retains aromatic intensity despite its elevated ripeness. This is a decidedly earthy, savory style of Merlot.
  • Once & Future 2017 Merlot, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (12/19/2019)

    The 2017 Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard comes from 33-year-old vines planted in gravelly clay loam, harvested on October 3. It aged in 25% new French oak. Medium to deep ruby, it's scented of cocoa, crushed black cherries, black plum and touches of vanilla bean with red cherry sparks. The palate is medium-bodied and very silky with elegantly restrained fruits, a granulated frame and integrated freshness, finishing long. This is a very pretty and fresh style of Merlot.
  • Once & Future 2017 Mataro, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (2/6/2020)

    The 2017 Mataro Oakley Road Vineyard comes from own-rooted, 117-year-old vines grown in sandy soils. Grapes were harvested on September 2 and aged in 25% new French oak. Medium ruby-purple, it has a bright nose with red berries, dusty earth, Italian plum, leather, cured meats and touches of pepper and rose petals. It’s medium-bodied and silky with elegantly restrained fruits knit by grainy tannins and bright freshness on the long finish.
  • Once & Future 2017 Zinfandel, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (2/6/2020)

    The 2017 Zinfandel Oakley Road Vineyard comes from own-rooted, head-pruned, 117-year-old vines grown in sandy soils. It was harvested August 30 and aged in 30% new French oak. Medium ruby-purple, it has aromas of stone-fruit salad, pipe tobacco, black cherries, earth, dried leaves, chargrill and a red berry core. Medium-bodied, it offers intense, earth-laced fruits, a firmer, grainy frame and great freshness to lift the long finish. This combines restraint with power and merits another couple of years in bottle.
  • Once & Future 2018 Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard, Calistoga
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (4/1/2020)

    The 2018 Petit Sirah Palisades Vineyard is sumptuous, racy and explosive. Inky and voluptuous to the core, with soft curves and tremendous fruit intensity, the 2018 has it all. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, spice, lavender, menthol and exotic white flowers build as this arrestingly beautiful showstopper opens up with a bit of air. Joel Peterson has done a tremendous job exalting the purity of the fruit, while avoiding the hard tannins that can at times make young Petite hard to approach. In a word...wow!
  • Once & Future 2018 'Frank's Block' Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (4/1/2020)

    One of the highlights in this range, the 2018 Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard Frank's Block is flat-out stunning. In 2018, the Teldeschi soars out of the glass with magnificent aromatic complexity and depth. Inky dark fruit, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and plum infuse the 2018 with tons of nuance and complexity. But it is the purity of the flavors that elevates the 2018 into the realm of the sublime. Dollops of co-fermented Alicante and Carignane add striking nuance. This is a stellar showing.
  • Once & Future 2018 Mataro, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2020)

    The 2018 Mataro Oakley Road Vineyard is soft, fruity and absolutely delicious wine, with lovely red berry, spice and floral character. Bright saline notes extend the finish nicely. Medium in body and supple, with impeccable balance, the 2018 is so delicious. These own-rooted vines planted in the late 1890s confer real depth of flavor as well as personality. This is such a classy wine.
  • Once & Future 2018 Zinfandel, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (4/1/2020)

    The 2018 Zinfandel Oakley Road Vineyard is laced with gorgeous floral and savory notes that give the wine such a distinctive personality. Rose petal, sage, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully lifted in this exquisite Zinfandel. I won't be surprised if the 2018 is even better with a bit more bottle age. Today, it comes across as somewhat closed.
  • Once & Future 2018 Merlot, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2020)

    The 2018 Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard captures all of the savory intensity and structure of Merlot in Sonoma Valley in what is a cool site mostly planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Dark cherry, chocolate, savory herbs and licorice infuse the 2018 with striking character and complexity.
  • Once & Future 2018 Zinfandel, Oakley Road, Contra Costa County
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (6/15/2020)

    Supple and expressive, with a rich core of raspberry, fresh violet and dried sage flavors that pick up speed toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029.