Seattle Magazine, August 2012; "Winemaker to Watch"
"Gaining accolades early for her wines and admiration from restaurants such as The French Laundry in Napa, California, Anna approaches winemaking with the attitude of making wine simply, focusing on the fruit. She spearheaded one of the state's initial 'salmon safe' wine certifications, planting a 13-acre estate vineyard focusing on low-impact viticulture, becoming a charter member of Vinea: The Winemakers' Sustainable Trust; eschewing herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard and building soil health. We look foward to seeing what delights this talented winemaker will bring us in the years to come."
Sunset International Wine Competition Summer/Fall 20122009 Red Blend “The Cummings” – Gold 2008 Red Blend “The Tobey” – Silver 2008 Estate Red Blend “Night Owl” – Bronze
Wine Enthusiast, July 2012
92 points; Editor's Choice - 2009 Columbia Valley Viognier 92 points; Editor's Choice - 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah/Grenache 93 points; Cellar Selection - 2008 Columbia Valley Malbec 94 points; Editor's Choice - 2008 Columbia Valley Red Blend "The Tobey" 2009 Columbia Valley Chardonnay - Silver 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah/Grenache - Bronze
American Fine Wine Competition 2011
2009 Columbia Valley Viognier - Gold 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah/Grenache - Silver 2008 Columbia Valley Red Blend "The Tobey" - Gold
Food/Wine, November 2011 "Washington Syrahs Full of Savory Spice", by Jon Bonné "There's a deep cocoa inflected presence, with softness from Grenache and a ton of coarse black pepper and dried sage, giving depth to a chewy bramble fruit and plum skin. Dense and rewarding." 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah/Grenache
Wine and Spirits, Special Edition Fall 2011 "8 Wineries That Caught Our Attention in 2011", by Patrick J. Comiskey
"(Anna) feels her winemaking aesthetic has been honed with frequent input from Seattle's sommeliers. It shows: These wines reflect an energy and food affinity such as you'd glean from a close-knit sommelier community, like the vibrant, pristine àMaurice malbec and the beautifully detailed Horiuchi blend."
#20. àMaurice Cellars Red Blend "The Tobey" Columbia Valley 2008
#58. àMaurice Cellars Viognier Columbia Valley 2009
The Rhone Report, June 2011 by Jeb Dunnuck
91 points - 2009 Columbia Valley Viognier - "It shows the best of Viognier with perfumed, fragrant aromatics of grilled peach, pear, flowers, beautiful minerality, and touches of wood that are paired with a juicy, yet flavorful wine that stays focused and clean on the palate. Very well done and with nothing overdone or out of place, this beautifully pure, fresh white should dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 3-5 years."
91 points - 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah/Grenache - "Sporting deep, rich aromatics of blackberry and cherry pit like fruits that are balanced out by touches of spice, underbrush, and integrated oak on the nose, the wine is medium to full bodied on the palate and well made, with solid acidity, focused, pure fruit, and a clean, long finish. Showing best with a solid decant, this should evolve positively for 2-4 years and hold for up to a decade."
Sunset Magazine, May 2011 "Five Wine Regions to Suit Global Tastes," by Sara Schneider
"Taste your way around the world at these top Western regions and wineries"
2007 Columbia Valley Malbec
The Wine Crush, April 2011 "The Wine Crush with guest Dini Rao", by Lot 18
Wine and Spirits, December 2010 "Year's Best Cabernet and Blends" and "American New Releases", by Patrick J. Comiskey
94 points and one of the Year's Best Blends - 2007 Columbia Valley Red Blend Horiuchi
94 points - 2007 Columbia Valley Malbec
Wine Enthusiast, October 2010 "Isn't it Aromatic", by Paul Gregutt - One of the Top Producer of Washington State Viognier
92 points - 2009 Sparrow Estate Viognier & 2008 Columbia Valley Viognier
91 points - 2007 Columbia Valley Viognier
Wine Enthusiast, September 2010
94 points - 2007 Columbia Valley "Horiuchi" Red Blend
91 points - 2006 Columbia Valley "Tsutakawa" Red Blend
#35. àMaurice Cellars Malbec Columbia Valley 2007
#50. àMaurice Cellars Sparrow Estate Viognier Walla Walla Valley 2009
Seattle Magazine, August 2010 Best Washington Wines 2010 - àMaurice 2006 Columbia Valley Malbec
Wine Advisor, November 2009 "Paul Gregutt’s Top 100 Washington State Wines 2009", by Paul Gregutt #96. àMaurice 2006 Columbia Valley Malbec
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, September 2009 "Premier Crew, 11 top wine experts pick the best 100 Northwest wines under $50"
Lucas St. Clair, Wine Director, Wild Ginger, Bellevue . 2007 àMaurice Viognier, $25 Columbia Valley. “Wonderfully dynamic with medium body, this wine has a nice perfumed nose that doesn’t over power the white blossom aromas and a soft-textured palate with midlevel ripeness and an almond finish.” Christopher Chan, Executive Director, Oregon and Washington Wine Awards and Director of Wine and Spirits, The Rainier Club. 2006 àMaurice Cellars "The Tsutakawa" Red Blend, $35 Columbia Valley. “A big-boy wine with layers of black fruits, cassis, cedar, and baking spice—it’s plush, structured, and long.”
“Anna Schafer, winemaker and partner at àMaurice Cellars, says that her family’s commitment to sustainable winegrowing—including Salmon-Safe practices—was not negotiable. “Before we planted our vineyard, we just ‘grew dirt’ for two years,” she says of the process the vineyard went through to repair a soil imbalance caused by wheat and pea rotation on the land—and to gain Salmon-Safe certification in 2006. “We agree that making sure the vineyard doesn’t disrupt or pollute our water system is essential to making our industry sustainable, and to making great wine,” she says.”