89+ pts Wine Advocate Issue #229 Feb 2017
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Bannockburn Pinot Noir opens with slight reduction/rubbery notes, giving way to a core of black cherries and red currants plus hints of garrigue and tar. The medium-bodied palate reveals an earthy/savory style, well-supported by chewy tannins and lively acidity, finishing with good persistence.
90+ pts Vinous/Stephen Tanzer May 2016
Bright medium red. Aromas of ripe plum and red cherry plus a whiff of reduction. Silky and rich on entry, then more backward and youthfully medicinal in the middle, offering very good inner-mouth tension to the black cherry and menthol flavors. Finishes with a firm spine of tannins that will require time in bottle to soften. Carrick has reduced the percentage of new oak for this bottling to 10% as the wines already derive enough structure from the sandy soils.