Reviews of Sylvanus Estate Wines


We strive to make the best wine the land offers over the growing season.

Some of our wines are open and generous from bottling, and may be enjoyed immediately. Others will only be at their best after years of cellaring.

That's the wonder of Sylvanus Estate pinot noir; the same small vineyard, in different vintages, will express itself in such profoundly different, and delightful, ways.

You needn't just take our word for it. Below are reviews of our wines.

2018 Vintage

The Cipher - 2018

Homeblock - 2018

Estate - 2018

2018 The Cipher Review James Suckling
2018 Estate Review James Suckling

2017 Vintage

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The PinotFile

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The Cipher 2017

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The Home Block 2017

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Sylvanus Estate 2017

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2016 Vintage

The Cipher - 2016

Estate - 2016

The PinotFile



94 points

Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The savory nose is driven by aromas of fertile earth and sous-bois. Similar to the regular estate bottling, but with more brightness, energy, refinement and polish. Spirited and delightful, featuring an array of dark fruits creating a bold imprint on the palate. There is some wild game character that intrigues. Blessed with a bold, but agreeable tannin structure, this wine will hold its own for many years to come. - RG 3/22/19

The PinotFile



93 points

Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Plenty of garrigue and forest on the nose along with black cherry aromas. Well-structured and well-endowed in a mid weight plus style, with waves of purple and black berry fruits. Almost numbing intensity, with a serious attack and purposeful and long finish. The wine has a Syrah-like countenance but is so well put together, it still speaks more of Pinot Noir. - RG 3/22/19

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James Suckling Sylvanus Shelf Talker-1
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