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Scratch 2015 Janaca Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Very strong, fruit-forward aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam, baking spice and toasty oak show on the nose of this bottling by Sabrine Rodems from a vineyard near Mount Madonna. The palate combines rich fruit, wood spice and a butterscotch finish with chalky tannins and strong acidity, a combination that will please many palates. MATT KETTMANN

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Scratch 2017 San Saba Vineyard Blanc de Blanc Sparkling (Monterey)

This wine features a label design by artist Eddie Colla. It shows strong aromas of pear, pineapple and tropical fruit on the nose. The palate displays flavors of lime, lemongrass and green apple, enveloped in an aggressive mousse. MATT KETTMANN

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Scratch 2014 Ventana Vineyards Grenache (Arroyo Seco)

Exotic aromas of cranberry, Luxardo cherry, star anise and white sage are fairly rich on the nose of this bottling. The palate is loaded with smoke and tannins, offering flavors of tangy red plum and tart raspberry that ride a sizzling acidity. MATT KETTMANN

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Scratch 2014 KW Ranch Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

Rather ripe and thick aromas of dried cherry are lifted by dried mint on the nose of this bottling by Sabrine Rodems. There are strong flavors on the sip, where boysenberry meets with tarragon and strong acidity. MATT KETTMANN

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Scratch 2017 Kristy's Vineyard Riesling (Monterey)

Yellow-peach and poached-pear aromas meet with lemon peel on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. The dry palate combines lime peels with Golden Delicious apples and a hint of honey. MATT KETTMANN

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Scratch 2014 Janaca Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

There's a lot of snappy energy to this bottling by Sabrine Rodems, with fresh garden herbs, blackberries, shaved licorice and a dark chocolate touch on the nose, with a lingering, exotic Indian-like spice throughout. Wild sagebrush and pine oil show on the sip, giving depth to the tangy purple fruit. Squeaky tannins rise toward the finish. MATT KETTMANN

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92 Editor's Choice

Scratch 2013 Riesling (Arroyo Seco)

Crisp and tight aromas of mandarin orange and lemonade meet with the intriguing nuance of foamed egg whites on the nose of this refreshing bottling   The mouthfeel is incredibly lively, showing flavors of lemon and lime juice, with a slight petrol tough to the palate. --M.K.

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92 Editor's Choice

Scratch 2013 Grenache (Arroyo Seco)

Review to be posted in the March 2016 Edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine!!


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Scratch 2012 Pinot Noir

A pretty, delicate and forward effort, which is the norm for the vintage, Scratch's 2012 Pinot Noir Kw Ranch Vineyard was fermented with 50% whole clusters and aged ten months in 30% new French oak. It gives up loads of pretty berry fruits, rose petal and spice to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, yet open-knit and supple palate feel. It's a delicious effort that scores high on drinkablity, and should be consumed over the coming 2-4 years.
Made by Sabrine Rodems and focusing on Arroyo Seco and the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Scratch wines are upfront, charming and well-made.

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89 Scratch 2012 Grenache

A forward, fun and delicious effort, the 2012 Grenache Ventana Vineyard offers up plenty of kirsch and ripe strawberry fruit, ground herbs and pepper to go with a medium-bodied, supple and rounded feel on the palate. Enjoy this solid Grenache over the coming 2-4 years.

Wine Enthusiast July 2014 

90 Scratch 2013 Rosé (Monterey County).

This elegant yet fun Pinot Noir based rosé is characterized by a voluptuous body, a supple frame on which to affix the typically pleasing rosé scents and flavors of bubblegum and wild strawberry. The finish lingers, with sour apple warmth that recalls the last lick of a Jolly Rancher candy. —M.K.
abv: 12.7% Price: $18


Wine Advocate #208 August 2013

90  Scratch 2011 KW Ranch Pinot Noir

A downright pretty Pinot Noir, the 2011 KW Ranch Vineyard dishes out medium-bodied notes of wild herbs, darker style fruit, pepper and mineral to go with a smooth, polished and beautifully textured profile on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-5 years. Drink now-2018. 


95 Scratch 2011 KW Ranch SLH Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.65, 35 cases, $45. Pommard 4 and 667 clones. 50% whole cluster. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Highly scented with aromas of darker berries, savory spices, rose petal and forest floor. Soft and enticing on the palate with a vivid array of dark red cherry and berry flavors that are well spiced and carry over with aplomb on the extended finish. The impeccable balance and drink ability is striking. Tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was even more appealing. My wife was gaga over this wine and she is more picky about Pinot Noir than I. Score: 95

Wine Enthusiast July 2013

92 Scratch 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands).

Scratch is a very promising inaugural Pinot Noir from Sabrine Rodems, who’s also the winemaker for Wrath
and Kori. It shows the vibrant fruit of the Highlands, with potent raspberry, cherry and
persimmon flavors, yet is dry and balanced in acids and tannins, with a super-long finish.
Possesses that hard-to-define characteristic of class. Great now, and you can hold it several
years. —S.H.


The initial bouquet presents balanced notes of dark plum melded with herbaceous undertones of trailside anise, bay laurel and redwood duff. The attack on the palate leads with earthy prevalence reminiscent of the nose and evolves into clove spiced red cherry. Medium acid blends well with soft but evident tannins, finishing with morel mushrooms on the forest floor after rain.

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