RECENT PRESS & NEWS
Mastering Napa’s Mountain Appellations
MAY 30, 2017
In 2014, Guarachi Family Wines bought Meadowrock, a 60-acre site near Antinori’s Antica, which extends from 1,400 to 1,760 feet above sea level. Thirty acres of it are planted to a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, in soils derived from volcanic rhyolite and andesite.
Guarachi Family Wines in The Tasting Panel
JANUARY 31, 2017
2014 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir was featured in The Tasting Panel in an article recommending the “Best of the Petaluma Gap!” Writer Meg Houston Maker describes it as “an elegantly balanced mélange of sweet berries, sundried tomatoes and potpourri.”
Guarachi Family Wines in Wine Enthusiast
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Virginie Boone from Wine Enthusiast recommended the 2014 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir (94 pts) as one of Five Petaluma Wines to Try in her article, “Petaluma Gap, Ripe for a New AVA?” The article talks about the Petaluma Gap, which has a pronounced fog, afternoon winds and ample sunlight, which create grapes with thicker skins, higher acidity and powerful flavors. Virginie describes the Sun Chase Pinot as “floral and spicy that remains elegant on the palate.”
Wine Enthusiast Top Shelf: Guarachi Family Wines and Montes
MAY 13, 2015
Wine Enthusiast featured the 2013 Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir in their “Top Shelf” email blast. The wine, which was recently named “Editors’ Choice” and scored 94 points, is described as “a beautifully floral mix of rose petal and violet followed intricately by juicy, subtle red fruit and buoyant acidity.” In addition, Wine Enthusiast gave Montes Alpha Carmenere 2012 a score of 91 points.
Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Pinot Noir 2013
MARCH 4, 2015
Shanken News Daily, Wine Business.com and Wine Industry Advisor featured the news of Guarachi Family Wines’ release of the Sun Chase Pinot Noir 2013. This is Guarachi Family Wines’ first single vineyard bottling from the Sun Chase estate, and illustrates why it is considered one of the most sought after vineyards in Sonoma County.
Alex Guarachi and Guarachi Family Wines have been fortunate enough to receive such tremendous and considerable reviews by these notable members of the wine industry. We would like to share these with you below. . .
"A stunning effort from Beckstoffer's famously gravelly site, this is a 100% varietal wine from one clone, made in a tiny amount. Exquisite aromas of blackberry and leather surround a velvety texture and spiky acidity, the tannins integrated and lengthy, with room to grow over time. Powerfully full bodied, this is a classic representation of the valley in expansive celebration of a ridiculously good vintage. Drink now through 2023."
- Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
- James Suckling, January 2016
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Single Vineyard is delicious wine with beautiful cedar wood, crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice, and a touch of camphor and incense. The wine is full-bodied, powerful (15% natural alcohol), with a multilayered mouthfeel and skyscraper-like structure and intensity. This is a beauty, and a top, top wine of the vintage. Drink it over the next 25 to 30 years."
- Robert Parker, Dec 2015
“...Guarachi, a new winery in Sonoma which makes a notably complex and layered Pinot”