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  • Year’s Best Chardonnay

    Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits | October 2016
    "Our blind panels tasted 750 new-release US chardonnays over the past 12 months. Our critics rated 45 as exceptional (90+) and 9 as Best Buys.”

    2013 Patz & Hall HYDE VINEYARD – Carneros Chardonnay – 90 Points
    “A savory chardonnay with baked pear flavors just edging out the earthiness, the finish of this wine takes on the sweet scent of a root cellar. Leesy, soft and round, this is a balanced wine to serve with roast pork.” - Luke Sykora
  • Fodor’s Travel 2016: Napa and Sonoma

    Fodor's Travel 2016 | August 2016
    “Top Sonoma Wineries”
    “A Napa transplant that relocated to Sonoma in 2014, this respected winery is known for single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs made by James Hall, who consistently surpasses peers who have access to the same high-quality fruit. At Salon Tastings the wines are paired with gourmet bites.”  

    “Best Bets for Sonoma Valley Wineries: Food- Wine Pairing”
    “The gourmet small bites at Salon Tastings at this respected winery show just how food-friendly its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are.”  

    “Exploring: Top Attractions”
    “Sophisticated single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are the trademark of this respected winery that relocated from Napa to Sonoma in 2014. It’s a Wine Country adage that great wines are made in the vineyard—the all-star fields represented here include Hyde, Durell, and Gap’s Crown—but winemaker James Hall routinely surpasses peers with access to the same fruit, proof that discernment and expertise (Hall is a master at oak aging) play a role, too. Seated tastings hosted by knowledgeable pourers take place in a fashionable single-story residence 3 miles southeast of Sonoma Plaza. You can taste at the bar and on some days on the vineyard-view terrace beyond it, but to learn how food friendly these wines are, consider the Salon Tasting, at which they’re paired with gourmet bites crafted with equal finesse.”  

    Fodor’s Travel 2016: Northern California “The Sonoma Valley: Top Attractions”
    “Sophisticated single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are the trademark of this respected winery that relocated from Napa to Sonoma in 2014. It’s a Wine Country adage that great wines are made in the vineyard—the all-star fields represented here include Hyde, Durell, and Gap’s Crown—but winemaker James Hall routinely surpasses peers with access to the same fruit, proof that discernment and expertise (Hall is a master at oak aging) play a role, too. Seated tastings hosted by knowledgeable pourers take place in a fashionable single-story residence 3 miles southeast of Sonoma Plaza. You can taste at the bar and on some days on the vineyard-view terrace beyond it, but to learn how food friendly these wines are, consider the Salon Tasting, at which they’re paired with gourmet bites crafted with equal finesse.”
  • 101 Best Wineries in America for 2015

    Colman Andrews, The Daily Meal | July 2015
    "Great wines are being made not just in California and the Pacific Northwest but all over the country; here's our panel's ranking of the best producers." #30 Patz & Hall, Sonoma, Calif. More>
  • “How To Tour Wine Country By Bike”

    Katie Sweeney, Forbes Travel Guide | July 2015
    “A few years back, the best way to travel around Napa or Sonoma counties while wine tasting was in a rented stretch limo. However, with savvy travelers yearning for more unique and healthful experiences, the transportation method of choice is the bicycle these days. Want to experience the best of Wine Country by bike? Here, we breakdown a journey through Sonoma to some of the region’s most illustrious wineries.” More>
  • 20 Great Wines That Say Cheers From Sonoma County

    Touring & Tasting | February 2015
    2012 ZIO TONY RANCH - Russian River Valley Chardonnay
    “In honor of Touring & Tasting’s 20th anniversary, we asked wineries across beautiful Sonoma County to join us in a toast with their finest celebration wines. Here's how they're saying ‘Cheers!’”
  • Emeril Lagasse’s Favorite American Pinot Noirs

    Food & Wine | January 2015
    “I’m a big wine drinker and collector,” says legendary chef Emeril Lagasse. “I’m not a snobby collector—I just collect what I want to drink.” While his absolute favorite wines are Burgundies—both red and white—he is also a domestic Pinot Noir enthusiast. “I’m a big fan of Kosta Browne, Williams Selyem, Patz & Hall, Domaine Serene and Pride Mountain Vineyards,” he says.
  • 101 Best Wineries in America: Shining a spotlight everywhere in the U.S. that great wines are being made

    The Daily Meal | June 2014
    “Patz & Hall is so distinctive among California wineries, in no  small part because they were highlighting the individual terroir of select vineyard sites before anyone thought that was cool. Their wines are layered, complex, utterly pure, and perfectly in balance." -Norman Van Aken More>
  • Spring Tasting in Carneros

    Virginie Boone, The Press Democrat | April 2014
    "Sonoma-based Patz & Hall winery has been making sublime and much-sought-after single-vineyard pinot noirs and chardonnays for decades. But not until last month did they have such a well-appointed place to share them. Patz & Hall's Sonoma House is a refurbished home with expansive garden and extended estate vineyard, from which the winery has sourced for some time." Read the full article here.
  • 22 Patz & Hall Wines Reviewed in Robert Parker’s Sonoma Report

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | December 2013
    22 Patz & Hall wines were rated in the Wine Advocate's Sonoma Report, published December 30, 2013.

    Robert Parker wrote, "Patz & Hall has a long and enviable track record … They rarely miss a beat, and the wines are ‘sure bets’ regardless of vintage conditions … these are consistently well-made wines from Patz & Hall that merit significant attention from all serious wine consumers.”
  • “A Toast to Thanksgivukkah:What wines will you drink when Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share the same day?

    Tim Fish, WineSpectator.com | November 2013
    “For Thanksgiving I look for lighter- to -medium-body reds like Pinot Noir (or Burgundy), Beaujolais or a red blend that's not too tannic, plus a floral white like Riesling, a delicate Chablis or (even better) a fruit-forward rosé.  

    For Hanukkah, many of those same wines might be fine with traditional side dishes like latkes or kugel, but when it comes to brisket you'll need something with a little more muscle, although a good Brunello di Montalcino could handle both. Otherwise, and depending on the recipe, look for a Cabernet or Bordeaux red, or something like a Chianti or a Rhône-style blend from California or France.   Below, I've pulled together 10 wine suggestions to look for.”

    "10 Wines for Thanksgivukkah”
    2011 Patz & Hall SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR – 92 Points; Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style
    “Ripe and juicy, with red and black plum and black cherry flavors. The silky texture lets the flavors linger on the finish, ending with a touch of fresh earth and anise. Drink now through 2022. 7,029 cases made.” – James Laube
  • Top 100 Wines of the Year

    James Laube, Wine Spectator | November 2013
    #31 – 2010 Patz & Hall HYDE VINEYARD – Carneros Pinot Noir – 95 Points; Classic; a great wine
    “Combines deliciously ripe dark berry fruit with a graceful texture and deft balance, featuring juicy wild berry and blackberry at the core. Floral, spice and anise touches linger on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 404 cases made.” – James Laube