Wine Awards

We’re excited to share the following accolades received by the wineries along the Wine Road.

If you don’t see your favorite winery, don’t despair. Not all wineries send their wines for review or to competitions, but that doesn’t make their wines any less delicious.

Many of our winery members produce small lots of wine, so their case production is too small to meet the criteria for wine competitions. Plus, most reviewing sources require a wine be either distributed out of state or produced in large enough quantity to be available for purchase for several weeks after the review is published.

We hope this list of scores and awards will encourage you to explore new wines and new wineries on your next visit along the Wine Road.

Woodenhead Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2021 French Colombard, "Halfshell White" Wes Cameron Ranch, RRV
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2021-french-colombard-halfshell-white/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: Spring 2022
French Colombard is a moderately aromatic white wine with plenty of juicy acidity and pronounced minerality, it’s delicious! We make ours in a dry, crisp style as a single varietal, (which by the way is very rare now on the North Coast), and makes it suitable not only for raw oysters, but for cooked oysters such as Oysters Rockefeller. This one is local as local can be from the floor of the Russian River Valley at Cameron Ranch. We only know of one other vineyard in Sonoma County which produces this varietal. A rare gem that is worthy of ...
Woodenhead Winery, OTHER - details in description, Other - details in description
Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Clone 115, Block E, RRV
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2017-pinot-noir-buena-tierra-vineyard-e-block-clone-115-rrv/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: Spring 2022
The 2022 Great American International Wine Competition awarded this wine a Platinum medal. 2017 was marked by a generous vintage, with incredible Pinot Noirs produced in the Russian River Valley. Colors of medium bright red rubies. Perfume of cherry blossoms, musk rose, plums, spicy cherry pie, some nutmeg, and toasty oak, with sort of a Russian River wildness to it. The smell of the river environment at dusk when it’s still, a kind of herbal vegetal greenness that is the Riparian zone. So much going on here—yum! The palate bursts forth with a richness of black cherries, cola, rhubarb, green ...
Wilson Winery, Connoisseur's Guide, 1 Puff
Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Sydney
Purchase: https://store.wilsonwinery.com/2019-sydney-zinfandel-p513.aspx
Phone: (707) 433-4355
Date Awarded: July 2022 Issue
1 Puff & 90 Points | Optimally ripened blackberry fruit is a constant in this juicy, well-focused Zin, and it is joined by a judicious dollop of sweet and slightly creamy oak. A rich and complete, nicely crafted offering with unwavering varietal authority, it is fairly full in body, but it is also quite carefully balanced with good energy and palatal length. Though it is open and tasty now, it is certain to age effortlessly for another four or five years and is, withal, a very well-made Zinfandel that reflects the virtues to be had from a very good vintage.
Wilson Winery, Connoisseur's Guide, 2 Puffs
Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Tori Reserve
Purchase: https://store.wilsonwinery.com/2019-tori-reserve-zinfandel-p524.aspx
Phone: (707) 433-4355
Date Awarded: July 2022 Issue
2 Puffs & 91 Points | Obvious ripeness is no vice when it is met by as much intense, impressively concentrated fruit as is on display here, and, even if this big-bodied offering shows a bit of back-end heat, its alcohol is well-buffered by loads of juicy, oak-sweetened blackberries that are its abiding theme. Delicate it is not, and it is definitely a wine that needs tagging as one to pair with appropriately full-flavored foods, but it exhibits fine fruity depth and richness to spare, and it is the kind of Zinfandel that is sure to delight fans of expressive, mouthfilling versions that ...
Wilson Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Treborce
Purchase: https://store.wilsonwinery.com/2019-treborce-zinfandel-p515.aspx
Phone: (707) 433-4355
Date Awarded: April 2022
95 Points & Double Gold | Cola, Oak, Big structure
Merriam Vineyards, Harvest Challenge, Gold
Wine: 2014 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2014-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2018
This Merlot has a beautiful garnet color and aromas of black cherry, plum and cedar. Very fruit forward with hints of blackberry and vanilla. An expansive palate with a long lingering finish of warm berry pie.
Merriam Vineyards, Harvest Challenge, Gold
Wine: 2015 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2015-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2019
A beautiful purple garnet color. This wine smells like lighting a spiced berry and vanilla candle on a warm winter day. The fruit bounces across your tongue then makes way for dark dried cherries with notes of vanilla. This wine does not disappoint. It keeps surprising you right to the long lingering berry finish.
Merriam Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2015 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2015-gloeckner-turner-ranch-cabernet-sauvignon
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2020
Deep red and purple hues with notes of dark berries and tobacco. Rich and round with hints of black current, blackberry, vanilla and nutmeg. Earthy and chewy lingering finish.
Merriam Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Three Sons Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2018-three-sons-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2021
An aromatically complex wine that is duly enchanting and delicious, with notes of mixed berry cobbler, crushed leaves, redwood bark, and cherry blossoms on the nose. Complementing notes of pomegranate, strawberry, sweet tobacco leaves, and hints of vanilla are found on the palate
Merriam Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2018-estate-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2021
This decadent medium-bodied pinot noir captivates your senses with notes of dark cherry, cinnamon, and dark chocolate on both nose and palate. Finishing with hints of forest floor and pink peppercorn making it the perfect complement to any dish.
Merriam Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2017 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2017-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2021
Aromas of black figs, purple florals, and baking spices swirl through this wine awakening your senses. Followed by intergrated tannins and notes of black current and crushed herbs in every sip.
Merriam Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2020-russian-river-valley-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
This Pinot Noir has a velvety elegance that translates seamlessly from nose to palate. On the nose there are aromas fresh berries, cinnamon bark, and amber, followed by notes of cranberry, soft leather, potting soil and touches of nutmeg.
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2011 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2011-windacre-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2016
Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a slightly softer reflection of our current releases. The flavors of blackberry, mocha and clove have mellowed but are still vibrant and complex.
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2011 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2011-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2016
Our 12th vintage of Merriam Vineyards Merlot, 2011 brings a deep dark ruby color. As always, this vineyard shows great color. This vineyard also always shows great notes of raspberry, dark dried cherry with lots of vanilla. A thick viscous mouth feel with flavors of cherry, red berry and casiss. Medium acidity, light tannins still young and "will age well." Enjoy!
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2012 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2012-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2017
Our 13th vintage of Merriam Vineyards Merlot. 2012 brings a deep dark purple hue. As always, this vineyard shows great notes of raspberry, dark dried cherry with notes of vanilla. A thick viscous mouth feel with flavors of cherry and casiss. Medium acidity, light tannins still young and “will age well.” Enjoy!
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2013 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2013-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2018
Deep, purple garnet in color with aromas of spiced berry and cedar. This wine is medium bodied with hints of dark fruits and black peppercorn and a long, lingering finish.
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2014 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2014-windacre-vineyard-cabernet-franc
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2019
The color graduates from dark purple to magenta along the edge. This wine has an elegant fragrance of warm berry pie, black currant and baking spices. Notes of strawberry, black cherry, vanilla and red plum on the palate. Structured tannins, youthful acidity and a long lingering finish.
Merriam Vineyards, New York International Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2019 Diana's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2019-diana-s-vineyard-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
This medium bodied, deep ruby colored wine showcases notes of boysenberry, blueberry pie, and fresh fennel on the nose. These notes linger on the palate, with the addition of dark plum and thyme which are complemented by structured tannin and a dry finish.
Merriam Vineyards, New York International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2018-gloeckner-turner-ranch-rockpile-cabernet-sauvignon
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
A stunning ruby colored wine with lush fruit forward nose of black cherry, boysenberry, and dark plum with underlining notes of rosemary and a hint of honeycomb. Classic notes of macerated berries, bell pepper, and crushed stone follow on the palate.
Merriam Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2016 Windacre Vineyard Merlot
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2016-windacre-vineyard-merlot
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2020
This merlot has a beautiful purple garnet color. Deep dark fruit on the nose that translates to your palate. Blackberry, fig, Bing Cherry with hints of earthy spice. Very structured tannins balance out the fruit. There is nothing better than a long fruity finish and this wine has it. Enjoy now or lay it down for a few years. It won’t disappoint.
Merriam Vineyards, New York International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 SNED Red Blend
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2019-sned-red-blend
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
A deep purple dry red blend with a fruit-forward nose that is complemented by aromas of sweet tobacco leaves and earl grey tea. On the palate rich notes of blackberry and dark chocolate truffle dance on the tongue.
Merriam Vineyards, New York International Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2018-windacre-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvginon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.
Merriam Vineyards, New York International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2020-russian-river-valley-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
This Pinot Noir has a velvety elegance that translates seamlessly from nose to palate. On the nose there are aromas fresh berries, cinnamon bark, and amber, followed by notes of cranberry, soft leather, potting soil and touches of nutmeg.
Merriam Vineyards, Denver International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 Diana's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2019-diana-s-vineyard-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
This medium bodied, deep ruby colored wine showcases notes of boysenberry, blueberry pie, and fresh fennel on the nose. These notes linger on the palate, with the addition of dark plum and thyme which are complemented by structured tannin and a dry finish.
Merriam Vineyards, Denver International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2021 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.merriamvineyards.com/product/2021-russian-river-valley-ros-of-pinot-noir
Phone: 7074334032
Date Awarded: 2022
A crisp, delicate, blush colored rosé with notes of strawberry, white nectarine and jasmine on the nose and palate, with finishing notes of watermelon rind and lemon zest. This wine is the perfect addition to any summertime picnic or cheese and charcuterie board.