Matt Armanino
January 20, 2014 | Matt Armanino

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review


As we kick off 2014, it is a great time to remember all of our 2013 accomplishments- and there were a few.

2013 was a great year for Armanino Family Cellars.  Although wine reviews are only a small part of the picture for a winery, the recognition is always welcomed especially when it comes from reviewers that you have always respected as a winemaker and consumer.  One of those reviewers for us has always been Robert Parker.  2013 was the first time that we had the opportunity to have Robert Parker taste and review our wines and we were not disappointed with the results.  Robert Parker tasted our two 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons, The Hunter and The Pointer, and gave both of them glowing reviews and 92 points.  That was confirmation that our wines are heading in the direction we have been hoping for.  Additionally, the Wine Enthusiast rated our 2011 Ringneck and 2011 Whitewing pinot noir with well-deserved 92 points each.

In 2013 we also bottled our 2012 Pinot Noirs, grapes grown in what many  are calling the "classic" and "perfect" growing season and harvest.  We believe these wines reflect the love and care that Mother Nature provided. We are extremely proud of these Pinots and think they are the wines that our fans have come to love and expect from an Armanino Pinot-big, fruit concentrated pinots that give your mouth a ride.

On a personal note, we ended 2013 with some family time and made one of Papa’s dreams come true – to hunt alongside his sons and grandsons, a pastime that has provided Papa with some of his fondest childhood memories of his father and grandfather.  In 2013, three of Papa’s youngest grandsons passed their Hunter’s Safety test and took their first steps to joining a long line of Armanino upland game hunters.  A few days before Christmas, Matt and Andy treated Papa and their 4 sons to a hunting trip in Red Bluff at Redbank Outfitters’ Ale and Quail Club.  All 4 boys, including the 3 newest hunters successfully (and safely) brought home quail, chukkar and pheasant to fill the freezers with wonderful game that pair so perfectly with the Armanino Family Cellars collection of wines.  What a perfect end to a great year.

We hope your year was full of great memories and we hope 2014 is even more promising.


Andy, Matt and Papa and all of us at Armanino Family Cellars

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@ Jan 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Robert Parker has long been my wine guiding light. And so I was very pleased that he agreed with me on the qualities of your 2010 cabernets. Keep up the good work. And the blog was very well written.

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