Skip to content

Flanagan Wines

Recent Wine Reviews

2017 Flanagan Viognier - 91 points, James Suckling

This has impressively concentrated, ripe apricots and peaches with an array of baking spices framing the nose and palate in complex, attractive style. Fresh and focused finish. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard - 92 points, James Suckling

Gently mealy complexity here, case across an array of ripe peaches and melon. The palate has a smoothly succulent, long and juicy array of ripe, vibrant and gently tangy peach flesh and a long, grilled hazelnut-infused finish. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard - 93 points, James Suckling

This offers a very succulent and subtly toasty array of ripe peaches and nectarines with a thread of spicy oak and a very keenly focused palate that delivers some attractive tension at the finish. You'll like this. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Chardonnay, Russian River Valley - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Reduced on the nose, this full-bodied wine is spicy, earthy, dark and dense, with strong flavors of Gravenstein apple and nutmeg. The aromas are floral, a hearty mix of honeysuckle and apple blossom.

2016 Flanagan Pinot Noir, Gap's View Vineyard - 91 points, James Suckling

Very attractive violets and roses with an array of bright red cherry and berry aromas. This has an approachable palate that delivers a vibrant, freshly appealing style. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast - 91 points, James Suckling

A twist of savory dark stones and coal dust on the nose, across ripe red and black cherries that continue to the palate in suave, supple form. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Pinot Noir, Sun Chase Vineyards - 93 points, James Suckling

Impressive, ripe red cherries and a wealth of rose and violet-like floral perfume, leading to a vibrant, lively and smoothly cut palate that carries a line of beautifully fresh red-cherry flavor. Drink now.

2016 Flanagan Merlot - 92 points, James Suckling

Attractively ripe plums and mulberries with some earthy nuances, as well as cola and spice. The palate has an elegant, smoothly delivered texture and plenty of plump, fine tannins, carrying bright fruit into the finish. Drink or hold.

2016 Flanagan Syrah - 94 points, James Suckling

Impressive dark fruit in the blackberry zone and sweetly fragrant spices with hints of pepper and oak toast. The palate has a very supple and juicy edge with a suave, plush and smoothly delivered, black cherry and blackberry core of flavor. Drink or hold. 

2015 Flanagan Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 points, James Suckling

This has strikingly fresh and pure black currants and red plums with very nicely integrated oak influence. There's freshness on the palate that really appeals with a smooth, fluid and fine-grained texture. Drink or hold.

2014 Flanagan Pinot Noir, Sun Chase Vineyard - 91 points, Robert Parker

The 2014 Pinot Noir Sun Chase displays pomegranate as well as blacker fruits, some forest floor and loamy soil undertones, a medium-bodied, lush texture, and good purity and depth. This is outstanding Pinot Noir to drink over the next 5-6 years.

2014 Flanagan Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard - 90 points, Robert Parker

The 2014 Chardonnay from the famous terroir/vineyard of Ritchie offers plenty of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, a touch of orange blossom and apple pie. It is ripe, medium-bodied, light to medium gold in color, and best drunk over the next 3-4 years.

2014 Flanagan Serenity Way - 92 points, James Suckling

A selection of the best barrels of cabernet and merlot from the vintage, this has a cedary edge with blonde tobacco, earthy notes and an array of plums, black currants and dark berries. The palate is super fresh with a lightly meaty thread and plenty of fine, plush and fresh fruit at the finish. Slightly rustic edge developing here. Better to drink this young.

2013 Flanagan Merlot - 92 points, Wine Spectator

Combines a plush texture with structure and complexity, offering aromas of red currant and tomato leaf and layered flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and herb. Drink now through 2022.

2013 Flanagan Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 points, Antonio Galloni

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is plush, forward and inviting. This is a surprisingly soft, opulent wine for the year and appellation, yet all the elements are fused together effortlessly. Sweet red and purple stone fruits, spices, wild flowers, mint and lavender build to the juicy, exuberant finish. There is plenty to like here.

2012 Flanagan Syrah - 93 points, Robert Parker

A winner is the 2012 Syrah from Bennett Valley, which I assume comes from their steep, rocky vineyards. The color is an impressively saturated ruby/purple and the wine possesses meaty, blackberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of tapenade, licorice and smoke. Full-bodied, layered, rich and very Northern Rhône-like, this full-bodied beauty should drink well for 7-8 years.