FELTEN CELLARS
 
ANNIE CROUZET - MASTER SOMMELIER  GRENOBLE, FRANCE                                               
                                       2009 Felten Cellars San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

    "Lovely ruby color with a brickish edge. Brilliant clarity and good legs. Pleasant aroma, fruit dominated by cherry, subtle aromas with a spicy accent. Nice approach, aroma-confirming flavors of cherry liqueur, rich and spicy mouthfeel. Lengthy aftertaste (9 to 10 seconds) promising good ageability; food friendly."  Suggested pairings: Stuffed guinea fowl w/morels over fois gras; slow-braised pig-cheek w/marshmallowed beets.
Awards & Accolades

90 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2014 SLO Paso Robles Zinfandel                          - Wine Enthusiast November 2016
89 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2014 SLO Paso Robles Viognier                          - Wine Enthusiast October 2016
HAYLE
Y'S PICKS!
Felten Cellars 2013 Paso Robles Adelaide District Tempranillo

It might still be hovering around 90 degrees in Paso Robles (where delicious Felten Cellars wine hails from) but in SLO, I can actually feel the first crisp blast of autumn reviving my senses. The changing season calls for many things: a reflection on the summer fun we’ve had, cutting back the tomato vines, and a turn to richer foods and even richer wines. Note: If this tempranillo were any richer, it’d be wearing a mink coat and a fat strand of pearls. Intense, ripe aromas of Bing cherry and plum collide with spicy cinnamon and peppercorn, ushering in all of fall’s culinary delights (braised meats, root veggies, earthy mushrooms). Truth be told, I’ve been hoarding this small-batch bottle all summer long just waiting for that perfect chilly evening. Some things are just better when anticipated.

- Hayley Thomas  (New Times SLO County 9-8-2016)
 
SILVER MEDAL! 91 POINTS!
Felten Cellars 2014 Paso Robles Zinfandel
- California State Fair 2016

SILVER MEDAL! 89 POINTS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Felten Cellars 2014 Paso Robles Viognier
- Tastings.com US Rhone Varietals July 2016

Bright golden straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of peach
kolaches, almond cookie, granola, and hint of flowers with a soft, lively, fruity
medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length apricot jam on
raisin toast, spiced nuts, and oak finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicate,
nicely textured Viognier sipper.


HAYLEY'S PICKS!
Felten Cellars 2014 Paso Robles Zinfandel
"Fruity, spicy, and extremely well balanced, this medium
bodied zinfandel from plucky boutique winery Felten Cellars
is a good spring barbecue sipper, indeed! With notes of fennel
and cocoa and aromas of blackberry, it sips swell on its own,
but shines bold and beautiful when paired with a charred rack
of barbecued ribs. Pour on that barbecue sauce, honey! I have
a whole roll of paper towels to share!"

- Hayley Thomas  (New Times SLO County 6-2-2016)

93 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 SLO County Pinot Noir                          - Wine Enthusiast December 2015
93 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2013 Paso Robles Zinfandel
- Wine Enthusiast October 2015

CHOICE, 92 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2012 Paso Robles Gewurztraminer
- Wine Enthusiast August 2015

SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2013 Paso Robles Zinfandel
- Sunset International Wine Competition 2015

SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
- Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2015

SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2015

GOLD MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2012 Paso Robles Zinfandel
- Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2014

SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
- Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2014


SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2012 Paso Robles Zinfandel
- California State Fair 2014

SILVER MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
- Jerry Mead's New World International Wine Competition 2014

BEST OF CLASS / GOLD MEDAL!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc
- Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2013


GOLD MEDAL 93 POINTS!!!
Felten Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc
- Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013

PICK OF THE WEEK!
Felten Cellars 2012 Paso Robles Zinfandel
San Luis Obispo Tribune  February 16, 2014

KATHY'S PICK!
Felten Cellars 2009 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
"A delicious, easy-drinking Pinot offering a nicely balanced array of ripe red fruit flavors. Fruit forward with       aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries, plums and spice, it's bright and pretty. A nice choice for an
array of foods, it will complement grilled prawns, roasted poultry, bouillabaisse, or mushroom based dishes."
- Kathy Marks Hardesty  (New Times SLO County 4-18-2013)

SILVER MEDAL!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
- Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2013


BRONZE MEDAL!
Felten Cellars 2009 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013

KATHY'S PICK!
Felten Cellars 2011 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
"This handcrafted wine, made like a good French Burgundy, offers tart cherry and ripe black cherry aromas and flavors with nuances of a spice box, leather and earth. This latest release Pinot Noir is quite easy drinking on its own. It's also a great choice at the table, a lovely complement to roast beef, grilled salmon or a chicken salad with goat cheese, cranberries and toasted walnuts."
- Kathy Marks Hardesty  (New Times SLO County 4-17-2014)


86 POINTS!
Felten Cellars 2009 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
"...this Pinot defines a lighter style with black raspberry and cinnamon spice flavors."
- Wine Enthusiast December 2012


SILVER MEDAL!
Felten Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc
- American Wine Society 2012 Wine Competition


BRONZE MEDAL!
Felten Cellars 2009 San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
- American Wine Society 2012 Wine Competition

KATHY'S PICK!
Felten Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc 
"This tangy white is delicious on its own and a good choice for the table. Nicely balanced, it offers attractive notes of pink grapefruit and lemon with nuances of sweet melon. You can enjoy this as an aperitif, and it's lovely with mildly spiced foods like white fish tacos with slaw, chile verde-based dishes, or spicy Asian stir-fries and curries."
- Kathy Marks Hardesty  (New Times SLO County 11-8-2012)

PICK OF THE WEEK!
Felten Cellars 2011 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc 
"This bright, fresh white has pink grapefruit flavors and a slight grassiness."
- Fred Tasker  (McClatchy-Tribune News Service 11-4-2012)


 BEST OF CLASS! 

Norman Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2005, California Mid-State Fair 2007


BEST OF CLASS! 
Norman Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2005, San Francisco International 2006


BEST OF CLASS! 
Norman Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2006, Pacific Rim International 2007



BEST OF CLASS! 
Norman Vineyards Monster Zinfandel 2007, California State Fair 2009



BEST OF CLASS! 
Norman Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2005, Pacific Rim International 2007





TOP 100! 
Novella Muscat Canelli Paso Robles 2003, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Best of Year 2005, No. 19 of Top 100 Best Buys of 2005


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "One of ten Best California Chardonnays"
EOS Estate Winery Cupa Grandis Chardonnay 2003, Wine News Magazine, December 2005-January 2006, 



BEST OF CLASS! 
EOS Estate Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2001, Grand Harvest Awards 2005


BEST OF CLASS! 
EOS Estate Bottled Chardonnay Paso Robles 2002, California Mid-State Fair 2004


BEST OF REGION! 
EOS Tears of Dew Late Harvest Moscato Paso Robles 2002, California State Fair Wine 2004


A Top 100 Wine of the Year
EOS Cupa Grandis Petite Sirah Paso Robles 2001, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 31, 2004, 



BEST OF CLASS! EOS Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998, New World International 2001


BEST OF STATE! EOS Estate Zinfandel Paso Robles 1997, California State Fair 1999