2013 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

91 points The Wine Spectator - March 2016
Distinctive and exotic, with plenty of fragrant honeysuckle and marigold aromas. The core of apricot and mango flavors is fleshy and lively. Spicy on the refreshing finish. Drink now. M.W.

2012 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

San Francisco Chronicle – Recommended Napa Sauvignon Blanc – July 2013

Mia Klein's exaltation of the grape, via Larry Hyde's Carneros vineyard, is back in form in a forthcoming release from this lovely vintage. Fragrant and big, with lots of energetic notes: gooseberry, white flowers, tarragon and candied grapefruit, and showing a terrific density of fruit to the taste.

2011 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

San Francisco Chronicle – Recommended Napa Sauvignon Blanc – July 2012
That mix of winemaker Mia Klein and Larry Hyde’s vineyards has been going strong for 20 years, and with a blend of old oak and mostly small steel barrels, this banks on intense fruit: gooseberry and ripe pear, with a floral aspect, although it's quieter at moments than expected.

2010 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

89 points Wine Spectator August 2011
This full-bodied white is intriguing; with a roasted Meyer lemon note that mingles well with peach, apricot and dried mango flavors. This offers mineral and tobacco details and refreshing acidity. Drink now. 550 cases. M.W.

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2011
A rare Sauvignon Blanc from the Carneros region, this bottle is rich and full bodied. Made with one-quarter new French oak, it has a buttered toast and vanilla richness alongside ultraripe, long hangtime pineapple, citron, lime and honeysuckle flavors. A complex wine to drink now. -S.H.

2009 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

SF Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines 2010
Match star consultant Mia Klein with the extraordinary Hyde Vineyards, and its Musqué planting of this grape, and you get a refined, texturally layered wine that sets a new bar for Sauvignon Blanc's potential. Another mix of barrel (30 percent) and steel fermentation, the result is an opulent, exotic, stony presence with sage, apricot, coriander and Meyer lemon, wonderfully precise and yet thoroughly lush. - Jon Bonné

90 points The Wine Advocate #192, December 2010
Winemaker/proprietor Mia Klein has always done a top-flight job with Sauvignon Blanc. The Loire Valley-styled 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyard reveals the texture of a mid-weight Chardonnay. Aromas of melon, figs and spicy, smoky gun flint jump from the glass of this complex Sauvignon. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity as well as a surprisingly intense mid-palate, it should age for several years.

89 points Wine Spectator 2010
Intense lemon, lime peel and passion fruit flavors have a distinct herbal, musky side. Appealing for its full body, its focus and its floral and white pepper aromatics, with a refreshing punch of acidity on the finish. Drink now. 750 cases made. - M.W.

2008 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

The Wine Spectator - May 2009
Fragrant and extremely spicy, with tobacco, citrus, quince, Asian pear, floral, green olive and faint smoky notes. Extremely focused and concentrated, with a fleshy texture and a long finish. Drink now through 2014. 92 points - M.W.

91 Points. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2009
This is quite a rich, fashionable Sauvignon Blanc. It hails from a well-regarded vineyard on the Napa side of the appellation, and was lees-aged in 30% new oak, with the rest in stainless steel. The malolactic fermentation was prevented, resulting in savory, apple-crisp acidity. The wine is rich in green apple, Meyer lemon, lime and gooseberry flavors that finish utterly dry. Editors’ Choice. -S.H.

2007 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2009
Rich and creamy, with opulent pineapple and peppery spice flavors finished with a savory edge of lemongrass. High acidity works in the wine’s favor, making it mouthwatering. -S.H.

The Wine Spectator - August 2008

This has tons of personality. The fleshy texture reveals peach, nectarine, mineral, Asian spice and smoke notes. Drink now through 2012. 1,400 cases made. -MW

2006 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #174
The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyards (her 15th anniversary vintage of Sauvignon) offers gorgeous notes of tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and ripe citrus. The perfumed fragrance is followed by a crisp, dry, medium-bodied white with loads of fruit and a sumptuous texture. Drink it over the next year.

Score 91:  Wine Spectator Top Wines August 2007
Shows fragrant floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine.  Intense and complex, with fleshy peach and mango flavors.  Well-balanced, offing juicy Meyer lemon, tangerine, melon, pear and spice notes that echo on the finish.

Score 91:  Wine and Spirits Magazine, October 2007
Large in scale, this has a musky green fruit tone, similar to papaya before it gets too ripe.  The intriguing textural depth of the wine will match tuna tartare with shizo.

2005 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Score 92:  Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2006
(Top 100 Wines for 2006) December 2006

Score 92: Wine and Spirits Magazine
(Year's Best Sauvignon Blancs) August 2006

Meyer lemon and fresh lime scents build into this wine's spicy citrus flavors to last, long and delicate. There's an undercurrent of wood spice that makes it feel firm. Decant a bottle for sautéed sand dabs.

Score 92: Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2006
What a rich wine this is. It shows ripe varietal character in the tangerine, fig and cantaloupe flavors, but more than that, a white Bordeaux-inspired interventionist technique brings a leesy, oaky creaminess. Add to that refreshingly crisp Carneros acidity, and the bottom line is great Sauvignon Blanc.

2004 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Score 91, Wine Spectator August 2005
Smooth, rich and plush, with layers of fig, melon, citrus and hay flavors, all sharply focused and finishing with excellent depth and concentration.  Drink now.

2003 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Score 92: Wine & Spirits Magazine October, 2004
Cleanly delineated fresh lime flavor fills the soft, cushioned texture of this wine. Then it lasts in shades of green from herb, to lime zest, to a touch of artichoke. The balance between the piercing clarity of flavor and the fleshiness of the wine make it a mouthwatering match for seared scallops or fried clams.

Score 90:    The Wine Spectator August 2004
Crisp, lean and coiled, with excellent focus to flavors of yellow and green apples, grass, green pear and minerals that gain depth and complexity on the finish. Best with food. Drink now through 2005.

Score 91: Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine - August, 2004
Regularly rising to the head of the class when it comes to very good Sauvignon Blanc, Selene scores again with this deep and abundantly fruity wine. Rife with ripe melons and lifted by oak, it has plenty of mass and essential fruit extracts to offset its slight turn to heat at the finish. A serious wine with fine prospects for age, it needs to be tagged for drinking with seafoods that fall on the richer end of the range.

2002 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate December, 2003
"One of Mia Klein's undeniable specialties is her exotic, perfumed, seductive Sauvignon Blanc. Wonderful honeysuckle, melony, fruit-driven style. With good delineation as well as medium body, it comes across as exuberant Loire Valley-like Sauvignon Blanc-based effort with oodles of fruit."

Score 90:    The Wine Spectator August 2003
Impressive, with an intense burst of concentrated green apple, grass and lime peel character. Nicely delineated flavors fan out through the finish, with subtle anise character and lead pencil notes. Drink now through 2005. 1,150 cases made

2001 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate August, 2002
"Selene's delicious 2001 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyard is crammed with melon-like fruit, fig and honeyed citrus notes. One of California's finest Sauvignons, it requires consumption during its first 1-2 years of life." 2001 Selene Sauvignion Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Score 96:   Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine March, 2002
"Boasting a lovely mix of ripe melons, piquant citrus, just a bit of grass and a fine veneer of creamy oak, this keenly honed wine edges very close to varietal perfection. Intense, but never near to being overbearing, it is remarkably well focused, bright and beautifully balanced, and it shows a rare sense of seamless proportion from start to finish. For all its considerable depth and richness, it makes no feint at being ersatz Chardonnay, and it earns our most enthusiastic endorsement as nothing less than the quintessential Sauvignon Blanc."



2009 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard

92 Points - The Wine Advocate, #198 December 2011
The 2009 Merlot Frediani Vineyards is a gorgeous wine. Juicy dark cherries, violets, licorice and mint are some of the nuances that flow across the palate in this beautifully delineated, refined wine. The estate's Merlot shows fabulous class and tons of personality. Tobacco, flowers and mint linger on the finish. This is a mid-weight, polished style of Merlot loaded with class. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. - Antonio Galloni

91 Points - Wine and Spirits Magazine, June 2012
Mia Klein makes this wine from a vineyard in Calistoga, a portion of it from a dry-farmed block planted in the early 1970’s.  Poor fruit set in 2009 limited yields to 1.5 tons per acre, resulting in a wine with flavor density yet without excess weight.  It’s perfumed in a black licorice sense, tight with dusty black cherry flavors that broaden with the tannins in the finish.  Suited to a year or two of bottle age and a plump filet mignon.

89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2011
A beautiful Merlot, rich and evocative. It has soft tannins and delicious flavors of red cherry jam, red currants and chocolate, accented with smoky oak. The tannins are so fine. Drink now. -S.H.

2008 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard

92 points Wine Spectator 2010
Sleek yet layered and complex, with rich aromas of red currant and toasty mocha, followed by lush flavors of black cherry and spicy, toasty oak, with hints of roasted herb and cedar. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 378 cases made. -T.F.

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #192, December 2010
Selene's 2008 Merlot Frediani Vineyard possesses a dark ruby color as well as a sweet perfume of red and black fruits intermixed with white chocolate and cocoa, a lush, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a heady finish. Drink this seductive Merlot over the next 5-6 years. 89 Points.
2009 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard

92 points Wine Spectator 2010
Sleek yet layered and complex, with rich aromas of red currant and toasty mocha, followed by lush flavors of black cherry and spicy, toasty oak, with hints of roasted herb and cedar. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 378 cases made. -T.F.

Score 90 points.  Wine and Spirits Magazine, June 2010
Finely tailored, this merlot is all of a piece, its cherry liqueur scents and lead pencil tannins knit into a black satin texture.  A soft red and an easy choice with roast beef. (271 cases) (W&S 6/10)

Score 91 points.  Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2010
A delicious, complex Merlot, although all the parts haven’t come together and it needs time in the cellar. It’s extraordinarily rich in oak-inspired black cherries, red currants, violets, cocoa, spices and sweet sandalwood, and it should develop nuance and bottle bouquet after 2012. -S.H.

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
The well-known Mia Klein is the proprietress of this estate, and her 2007 Merlot Frediani Vineyard is a winner. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as attractive plum, licorice, and subtle smoke characteristics offered in a fleshy, medium to full-bodied, supple, seductive style. Already delicious, it should continue to evolve for another 7-8 years.  89 points

2006 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard

Score 90 Points.  Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2009
Marked by a great big burst of ripe fruit, this Merlot is distinctly New World in origin. You can taste the sunshine in the purity of the blackberry, cherry and plum flavors. With complex but soft tannins, it’s so polished, you can drink it by itself. - S.H. Score 91 points Wine Spectator Insider May, 2008
Rich and rambunctious, with black raspberry and spicy vanilla aromas leading to lively red currant, pepper and toasty oak flavors that suggest patience is warranted.

2005 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard

Score 92  Wine Spectator November, 2007
"Bold aromas of mocha and toasty oak lure you in and then reveal layered, supple plum and exotic spice fruit.  Finishes with dry graphite and mineral notes."

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #174
The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Merlot Frediani Vineyard exhibits an attractive nose of charcoal, subtle smoke, black cherries, and spice. Medium-bodied with soft tannin, decent acidity, and a savory mouthfeel, this elegant, flavorful Merlot should drink well for 5-6 years.

2002 Selene Merlot Napa Valley

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #150
"Exuberant. Possesses a chocolate, coffee, sweet black cherry, and earth-scented bouquet as well as a spicy, firm, rich style."


Score: 90 Wine Spectator April, 2005
"While there's plenty of flavor, much of it is derived from smoky, toasty oak. Still, there's a rich display of plum, currant and berry fruit, and it finishes with an appealing mineral and lead pencil edge."


2001 Selene Merlot Napa Valley

Score: 90 Wine Spectator September, 2004
"A solid wine, with excellent structure, firm tannins and a ripe, supple core of blackberry and black cherry fruit, with a touch of fresh earth and mocha on the finish, where the flavors gain complexity and depth. Drink now through 2010."

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate December 2003
"Beefier, richer, fuller-bodied as well as more firmly tannic is the 2001 Merlot. Exhibiting aromas of roasted coffee, plums, cherries, and cola in a medium to full-bodied, firmer style."

2000 Selene Merlot Napa Valley

Score: 92   The Wine Spectator December, 2002
"A delicious Merlot, dark, rich and chocolaty, with layers of mouthcoating mocha, currant, blackberry and coffee grounds. Sharply focused, long and intense, with well-integrated tannins. Best from 2003 through 2010. 1,000 cases made."

Score 92   Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine March, 2003
"… there is so much fruit, sheer richness and lavish oak at work here that its riper bias is more than easy to forgive. Fat and fleshy in feel with lots of body and tannins enough to notice, this immensely flavorful wine entertains with suggestions of cocoa, cream, raspberries, cherries, mint and a note of loamy earth on the palate. Never shy and not especially refined, it is a wine to save for appropriately savory dishes, and it should drink famously with a classic, garlic-larded, rosemary studded, roast leg of lamb. "

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate August 2002
"A deep ruby/purple colored effort, it reveals an easygoing style with notes of smoke, black cherries, and blackberries. With airing, a pleasant roasted characteristic emerges. Elegant and medium weight with well integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, it will drink well over the next decade. "

2007 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
The 2007 Chesler, while much less evolved, displays the greatest potential of any of these wines. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit, a layered texture, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish. This beauty should be even more interesting after 2-3 years of cellaring, and it should evolve for two decades.  92 points


2005 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

91 points  Wine Enthusiast, September 2010
This is an unusual blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. At the age of nearly five years, it’s already throwing some sediment, but is still superfruity, offering an explosion of raspberries, cherries and currants. The oak remains unintegrated, and as a result the wine is jammy and direct. But that’s now. It has the inherent sweetness and balance to age for another 4-6 years, so stash it until 2014 and see what happens. -S.H. Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 Chesler offers a fragrant, floral, blue, red, and black fruit-scented nose, sweet, supple tannins, a seductive, rich, fleshy mouthfeel, and a nicely layered, elegant yet authoritative finish with no hard edges. This beauty is just coming in to a more nuanced and complex stage. It should evolve for 15-20 years. 92 points

Score 92 points: Wine Spectator November 2009
Spice, tobacco leaf, dried currant, sage and berry notes are firm and structured, intense and focused, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the minerality comes through with the tannins. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2015.-J.L.

2004 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

Score 92: Wine Spectator Insider May 2008
Smooth, elegant and intense, with fragrant currant and herb notes are ripe and juicy, with cola, tea, cedar, tobacco and spice accents with a long, lingering finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2014.-J.L.

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #174, December 2007
Displaying even more style and elegance, the 2004 Chesler exhibits a deeper ruby/purple color along with opulent, full-bodied flavors of creme de cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, and spice box. It is a broad, savory, rich, full-bodied red that retains the hallmark elegance and purity for which Mia Klein's winemaking is known. It should drink well for 10-15 years. 92 points.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2007
Quite delicious, a modern-style wine with soft richness, with enough tannin-acid balance to counterpoise the enormously ripe blackberry, cherry, cassis, chocolate, Kahlúa and new oaky, cedar-spice flavors.
- S.H. 93 points.


2003 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #174
Klein's proprietary red wine cuvee is named after her mother, and has an adorable picture of her as a young woman skiing. The 2003 Chesler boasts a deep ruby/purple hue along with notes of black currants, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied with a chunky, supple-textured personality, this tasty proprietary red should drink well for 10-12 years.

2002 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168
The dark plum/ruby/purple-hued 2002 Chesler Proprietary Red Wine possesses nuanced aromatics in addition to medium body, an elegant, stylish format, light to moderate tannin, sweet fruit, and an excellent mouthfeel as well as purity.

2009 Selene Cabernet Suavignon Dead Fred Vineyard

93 Points - The Wine Advocate #198 December 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyards is flat-out beautiful. Layers of expressive dark fruit, smoke, tar, incense and graphite caress the palate in this highly articulate, refined wine. With time in the glass, the wine shows gorgeous inner perfume and sweetness. Today the oak is a bit pronounced, but the wine appears to have the depth to provide balance over time. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

91 Points – The Wine Spectator October 31, 2012
This firm red exhibits a chunky mix of earth- and mineral-laced dried berry, sage and cedar flavors. Maintains its muscular, chewy profile, yet finishes with a nice burst of ripe berry fruit and cedary oak. One of the better finds in well-priced Napa Cabernet. Best from 2013 through 2025. 190 cases made. —J.L.

2008 Selene Cabernet Suavignon Dead Fred Vineyard


90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2011
This is an ultrarich, ripe Cabernet, marked by jammy blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, with a milk chocolate sweetness and soft, intricate tannins. Made in the soft, modern style, it's best over the next six years. -S.H.

90+ Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #192, December 2010
The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard is a more structured, less charming effort at present, but it has more layers as well as 10-15 years of upside potential. The tannins are noticeable, but sweet. Notes of plums, earth and spice can be found in this dense 2008. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age to come into its own.

2007 Selene Cabernet Suavignon Dead Fred Vineyard

91 points  The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard has a more opaque purple color, and slightly more intense black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with a subtle touch of oak. More seamless, with riper tannin, and a fleshy, even voluptuous texture, it is a young, still somewhat primary, but overall more impressive, deeper, and broader Cabernet with sweeter tannins than its older sibling. It should drink well for 15-20 years.

91 points  Wine Spectator 2010
Ripe, fleshy and smooth-textured, with ripe plum, blueberry and savory herb notes. Full-bodied, with hints of tobacco leaf, spice and chicory, ending with a delicate, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. 377 cases made. -J.L.

93 Points  Wine Enthusiast, September 2010
The palate can tell a superbly structured Cabernet from a flawed one, and this Cab shows off its pedigreed origins with flash. Great tannins, fine acidity, fully dry, and with a rich veneer of oak, it has perfectly ripened flavors of blackberries, currants, cherries and dark chocolate. -S.H.


2006 Selene Cabernet Suavignon Dead Fred Vineyard

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #186, December 2009
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard, an homage to a long-deceased cat, exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to plenty of cedar, underbrush, and black currant aromas. Medium to full-bodied and slightly tannic, but well-endowed, pure, and impressively constituted, this wine requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15+. 
90 points

92 Points:  Wine Spectator Insider August 2009
Wonderful aromas and flavors are built around roasted herb, dried currant, sage, mineral and dusty berry, but it’s the complex, har­monious mix of these flavors that makes this so compelling. Ends with drying tannins. Drink now through 2016.-J.L.

2004 Selene Cabernet Suavignon Dead Fred Vineyard

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard exhibits a more saturated ruby/purple color along with a spicy nose of sassafras, black currants, sweet cherries, and herbs. Medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and rich, enjoy this impressive Cabernet over the next 7-10 years.

 
2005 Selene Cabernet Napa Valley

95 points: Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2009
From Mia Klein, this is a seriously good Cabernet Sauvignon, even better than the winery's fine 2004. It shows a great balance of ripe tannins and fine acidity, with a judicious application of smoky oak. The flavors, of black currants and ripe mashed black cherries, have complex overtones of dark chocolate, olive tapenade and mushu plum sauce. Gorgeous now, and should age effortlessly for a decade. Cellar Selection. -S.H.

92 points Wine Spectator Insider July 2008
Dense, rich and savory, with loamy herb, anise and sage-laced currant and blueberry flavors that coat the palate and offer depth and persistence, ending with rich layers of fruit and tannins. Best from 2009 through 2015. - J.L.


2004 Selene Cabernet Napa Valley

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168
Proprietor Mia Klein's Napa Cabernets include the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, a dark ruby/plum-tinged effort revealing sweet aromas of pepper, an Old Bay-like spice (traditionally used for Maryland steamed crabs), and plenty of black cherry, currant, and mocha scents. Medium-bodied and spicy with an herbal edge.


2003 Selene Cabernet Napa Valley

93 Points – Wine Spectator 2003 California Cabernet Blind Retrospective, July 2013
Delicious and at a great drinking plateau, this is ripe and juicy, offering tiers of dark berry, spice, loamy earth and cedar. Impressive for its supple texture and long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 465 cases made.—J.L.

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168
Although more laid back and playing it closer to the vest, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is just as powerful as the 2002. It reveals more restrained aromas, not the open-knit, fleshy mouthfeel of its sibling, but abundant quantities of black fruits.

2002 Selene Cabernet Napa Valley

92 Points – Wine Spectator 2002 California Cabernet Blind Retrospective, May 2012
Deftly balanced, this weaves a complex mix of melted chocolate, ripe dark berry, forest floor, cedar and tobacco leaf flavors. Firms nicely on the finish, where the tannins are still edgy.  Drink now through 2019. 293 cases made.—J.L

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers projected, but simple aromas of plummy cassis in its full-bodied, opulent, fleshy personality.