A big, virile wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Kick On Ranch Vineyard shows the richer, earthier side of Santa Barbara Pinot. Crushed flowers, tobacco, menthol, licorice and pine are some of the notes that emerge first, while the fruit lies more in the background. This is an especially savory/earthy style of Pinot. Ideally, readers should cellar the 2014 for another year or so, as the tannins and acidity are both prominent at this stage.
Score: 93 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
A very pretty, elegant example of this cuvee, the 2014 Pinot Noir Kick On Ranch offers notes of black cherries, lots of minerality, spring flowers and exotic spices in its medium-bodied, fresh, lightly textured and beautifully pure personality. There’s a sappy greenness here, but it handles it nicely and this elegant, silky red will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Score: 91 points -- JD, RobertParker.com