'Larry Cherubino played a very significant role in the 2005 vintage for us where he was my senior winemaker with specific responsibility for Gimblett Gravels red wines and Chardonnay. Our ambitious program required someone to recognise our "house style" and fine-tune it to reflect wines with more class and refined texture without losing what is a very identifiable and respected character we have already achieved in wines from previous vintages. In the potentially superb, but very tricky, 2005 vintage Larry Cherubino played a most influential hand, with great sensitivity and skill, and was the perfect partner for me in our decision making at vintage and during assemblage. The result is simply the best Gimblett Gravels red wines we have made.'
Steve Smith MW, Managing Director, Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd.
'Larry possesses a unique combination of intensity, incredible winemaking knowledge, tenacity, and a dry sense of humor. He did a magnificent job of leading our winemaking in 2005 and with a precision micro-picking approach, helped us achieve optimal ripeness from the fruit from on our 50 acre organically farmed vineyard. The resultant wines are fantastic.'
Shari and Garen Staglin, Owners, Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley.
‘But aside from that it is his attitude to winemaking. He’s very clear thinking and transparent in his approach—and that’s gold. It’s less to do with his ability to win trophies and more to do with his ability to read wine styles and respond to our stylistic direction.
Chris Hancock, Chief Executive Chairman, Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee.
‘One of the many reasons why I ended up selecting Larry Cherubino Wines as my Winery of the Year (there were over 30 others with a plausible claim) was its focus on single-vineyard and single-region wines. It is a path that more and more Australian wine producers must follow if we are to fundamentally change the negative perceptions of domestic and (most significantly) export markets about the diversity, the quality and the style of our wines, and of our aspirations for the future.’
James Halliday, 2011 Wine Companion.
‘Larry is on a roll. Simple as that. And while there were a number of producers in the running for this award, few could compete with the ground covered by Cherubino. North, south, east, west, up, down, cheap, pricey, red, white and fizzy – it doesn’t seem to matter whether Western Australian-based Cherubino is making a $17 riesling or a $70 cabernet – his current range of wines consistently over-deliver on price by offering spotless expressions of variety, region and style.
Matt Skinner, Matt Skinner’s Wine Guide 2011.