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.

ACTA Wine

Phone: 707-940-1082

Best in Region - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 ACTA Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 97 Points - Meridith May, The Sommelier Journal The 2021 Alexander Valley-Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is a limited production that highlights the strength and nuance of the fruit found at the southern end of the Alexander Valley AVA. The particular vineyard block selected for this wine is nestled on a south-facing slope within the rolling hills of the Battle Vineyard and provides ideal soil structure and sun exposure to ensure consistency and a powerful character. “The 2021 Alexander Valley Cabernet exudes the savory fruit we crave from the finer wines of the region. Blueberry, blackcurrant, and stewed plum are present across the entire ...

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 ACTA Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: Gold Medal Winner - Monterey International Wine Competition An exciting Chardonnay for the 2021 vintage, the Acta Chardonnay is built around a trio of vineyards from the Russian River AVA. The 2021 vintage is strikingly pretty with beautiful purity of fruit, richness on the palate and with plenty of freshness, makes warranting another glass a necessity. The 2021 cuvée’s core is driven by an older vine vineyard, planted in the mid-70’s, floral and precise this portion of the blend provides apple blossom and stone fruit. Balancing against that, a vineyard from Westside Road lends density, texture and its hallmark shaved ...

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 ACTA Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: February 2024

Details: The debut of our 2021 Acta Pinot Noir saw near perfect growing conditions in Sonoma County. Drought conditions in Northern California led to smaller than average crops and tiny clusters provided a concentrated, delicious Pinot Noir. The cuvée for 2021 was built around two vineyards, one in a cooler pocket near the town of Sebastopol which we harvested on September 21st, the other on September 15th in the equally cool Green Valley of the Russian River. The Sebastopol vineyard which makes up nearly 75% of the blend, is decidedly pure in flavor, Bing cherry and red currants drive the nose with fresh ...

Double Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 ACTA DEEDS - Proprietary Red Blend

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Date Awarded: February 2024

Details: DEEDS is a limited production, vintage-specific representation of the complexity that can be achieved by targeting select fruit sources and then artfully blending those components for maximum impact. Cabernet Sauvignon provides strength and consistency, while the additional, highlighted varietals of the vintage imbue depth, layers of flavor and uniqueness of experience. The 2021 DEEDS is dense in color and exploding with diverse fruits on the nose. The wine exudes an underlying richness and depth from the aromas to the palate. You will find inviting hints of lavender, plum and lilac paired with vanilla and baking spice as you approach the wine. ...

Alexander Valley Vineyards

Phone: 707-433-7209 x 116

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 Alexander Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: 93 points & Editor's Choice - grown along the Russian River, this 100% Pinot Noir cave is aged in 100% French oak barrels. Silky, lush, and beautifully balanced.

A Top 100 Wine (see details below) - Wine Spectator Top 100

Wine: 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: This 100% Zinfandel is spicy, jammy and well balanced. The only Zinfandel to earn a Wine Spectator Top 100 award in 2023. Additional accolades include 91 points Wine Spectator and 92 points James Suckling.

Armida Winery

Phone: 707-433-2222

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: "Fresh-picked raspberries and cherry-spearmint soda aromas float from the glass. Intricate nuances in the nose of cran-apple and orange rind. Fresh and textural on the entry, spiced fruit essences and toasted pastries tease and excite the palate. Strawberry and cranberry flavors mix in a complex balance of acidity and fruit flavors. The unusually long finish reveals different layers of flavors wrapped in a warm blanket of sweet oak."" - winemaker, Brandon Lapides

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Maple Vineyards

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Maple Vineyards is 27 acres of exceptional head-trained, certified sustainable Zinfandel on the high bench-land in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. The oldest block was planted in 1910, linking our current wines to the rich history and traditions of the early immigrants of the Valley. The fruit is harvested on 10 separate days throughout a three week span. Varying ripeness in each lot of wine displays different flavors. Combination of American, French, and Eastern European Oak Barrel aging. Medium to full bodied with dark black fruits, savory spices and a finish that lingers...drink now or over the next 15 years.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2019 Chardonnay, Gap's Crown Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 94 Points! Lemon cheesecake, floral, and spiced apple cider aromas escape from the glass at the first swirl. Higher tones of tropical fruit and citrus rinds become prominent as the wine opens up. The wine is bright and refreshing on the entry, yet the lush texture and minerality on the finish is the hallmark of this wine. Cantaloupe and green apple flavors give way to a crisp, clean finish of pear and toasted pine nuts.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Tina's Block Maple Vineyards

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 90 Points! Tina's Block is the oldest block on Maple Vineyards, planted in 1910 and sustainably farmed to this day! This 2-acre parcel has records claiming that the block was planted to all Zinfandel, but we know that Tina’s Block is currently comprised of at least 20% mixed black varietals. Blackberry and plum aromas mix with subtle hints of anise, graham cracker and black currant while flavors of sweet raspberry pie, blueberries and juicy cranberries burst on the palate. The seductive, ripe finish has a sandy-textured note that will continue to soften with age.

Baldassari Wines

Phone: 707-837-5327

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: '23 Knights Valley, Bavarian Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: This Sauvignon Blanc was fermented over 3 weeks in very old white wine barrels to add a little texture and depth to its brisk acidity and fresh, clean profile. The flavors of fresh passion fruit and citrus mingle with the acidity on the finish creating a lively exciting wine from start to finish. This Sauvignon Blanc is best consumed LIGHTLY chilled upon release, in the spring and summer, when the weather is warm. This wine is perfect for spring and summer with light, fresh cheeses, oysters, and fresh grilled veggies with olive oil.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: '23 Rosé of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Pellegrini Ranch, Cousins Vineyard

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: This Rosé of Pinot Noir has subtle and appealing aromas of rose water, fresh, ripe strawberries, wilted rose petals and watermelon pulp. The aroma is subtle and nuanced, extremely pleasant and intriguing. Our Rosé is crisp, delicate, and completely dry but with a pleasant, sweet texture because of the delicate style in which it is produced. At an alcohol of 13,4% it finishes with a touch of minerality, while its flavors of fresh summer fruits mingle with the brisk acidity on the finish. This is a Rosé that is best consumed LIGHTLY chilled upon release, in the spring and summer, when ...

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: '20 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Pellegrini Ranch, Cousin's vineyard

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: The 2020 Pinot Noir opens with fascinating aromas of vivid Strawberry puree, warm strawberry Rhubarb pie, Maraschino Cherry and Hibiscus combined with notes of All Spice, bakers cocoa and notes of roasted game forest floor. The fruit profile is exotic and fruit driven with a beautiful freshness and purity. The fruit comes alive in the palate of this Pinot Noir with juicy Maraschino Cherries, Strawberries and cherry liqueur. The tannins are silky and sweet and notable for wine this young. This wine is delicate, perfumed and drinking lovely right now!! The beautiful fruit profile keep you coming back for more and ...

Balletto Vineyards

Phone: 707-568-2455 x101

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 93 points from Wine Enthusiast. Under the initial aromas is a distinct and interesting spice undertone that aromatically lifts the wine, but it’s the mid- palate weight, texture and perfect touch of acidity that define it. It’s full and coating, start to finish, wave upon wave of pinot pleasure. Bright and dark simultaneously, with mocha and earth aromas playing off fresh cherries. It has a wide and silky palate, booming aromas and just enough acidity and tannins to pull the wine through to a long and lasting finish. It's quite a ride.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. The pale salmon color sets the stage for this lovely wine as it opens with delicate citrus, cherry and guava aromas. It continues with a bright, mineral, core that has just enough weight to balance the steely and focused acidity. Quite a treat. This wine is fun and lively. The balance is heavenly with enough acidity and weight to make you crave the next sip. Using hand-selected grapes from our estate vineyards, our winemaker has been crafting this Rosé from the same vines for over a decade. Experience. We let the vineyards - speak for themselves.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2023 Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. A dry, crisp and lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is underestimated and elegant with a driving acidity that's quenched by a generous and surprisingly lush mid-palate that brings a tense, perfect balance. The aromas are graceful with a combination of limey tropical fruit and a touch of classic Sauvignon Blanc earthiness. It's bright and savory, tart and lush all in the same package. The wine is completely dry with zero residual sugar to hide behind. It's a pure example of how good Sauvignon Blanc can be.

Bucher Wine

Phone: 707-484-5162

Best in Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: 98 Points, Double Gold, Best of Class A lovely aromatic fusion of red plum, cherry, and violets mingle with hints of rustic earth. The silky persistent mouthfeel is complimented with balanced acidity. Ripe cherry, plum and black raspberry meld with undertones of brown spices, cedar, and a trace of orange zest near the finish. The harmonious flavors and an integrated structure create a Pinot that slowly seduces the palate with every sip.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Three Sixty Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: 97 Points Double Gold The rich dark tones begin on the nose and carry through into the lingering finish. Dark berry aromas- blackberry, boysenberry, huckleberry- mingle with subtle traces of savory herbs and toasted oak. Bold dark fruit appears on the entry as balanced acidity tames the plush flavors. Threads of forest floor spices and toasty oak weave through layers of blackberry, plum, black raspberry, cheery cola, and pomegranate. The graceful composition created by the flavors and structure allows one to just focus and enjoying each sip.

Carol Shelton Wines

Phone: 707-575-3441

90 Points or higher (see details below) - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Rockpile Reserve Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 94 points from Wine Spectator. Their review: "Shows great energy and zesty focus, with expressive blackberry, mocha espresso, and savory pepper flavors that speed towards refined tannins."

90 Points or higher (see details below) - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Karma Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 92 points from Wine Spectator. Their review: "Generous and zesty, with multilayered wild berry, savory cracked pepper, and briar patch accents that zip along the lively finish."

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Wild Thing Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: And 97 Points. Tropical fruits like pineapple and a bit of guava, green apple, oak spice. Soft creamy mouthfeel, punctuated by bright acidity and a crisp finish. Walks the line between pure stainless steel fermented, leaner Chardonnay and the fat, buttery barrel-fermented style

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 Barbera D'Oakley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 2023 North of the Gate Wine Competition. And Best of Contra Costa County and Double Gold. Vibrant nose of tart black cherry and blackberry, with a kiss of green herbs and earth, black peppery spice and vanilla oak. Mouth shows some nice tart cherry and pomegranate, and mouthfeel is silky smooth, almost dangerous in how easy it is to drink.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 Barbera D'Oakley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 2023 Toast of the Coast Competition. Also, Best Barbera and 95 Points. Vibrant nose of tart black cherry and blackberry, with a kiss of green herbs and earth, black peppery spice and vanilla oak. Mouth shows some nice tart cherry and pomegranate, and mouthfeel is silky smooth, almost dangerous in how easy it is to drink.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Karma Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Platinum Medal and 94 Points. Very complexly layered spice and black fruits, lively! Dark chocolate, creamy oak, a bit of vanilla cola, brown spices-nutmeg/cinnamon. Rich in mouth, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth

Best in Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Wally Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Also, Double Gold Medal. Spicy-peppery black raspberry fruit, right off the top, with gorgeous roasty-vanilla oak caramel, and a bit of dusty black cherry. Mouth offers chocolatey oak, creamy vanilla and tart cherry, with a dense middle and pleasing fruit and spice through its long finish.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2020 Wally Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 2023 North of the Gate Wine Competition. Also, Best of Sonoma County and Double Gold Medal. Spicy-peppery black raspberry fruit, right off the top, with gorgeous roasty-vanilla oak caramel, and a bit of dusty black cherry. Mouth offers chocolatey oak, creamy vanilla and tart cherry, with a dense middle and pleasing fruit and spice through its long finish.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Karma Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. Also, Gold Medal and 95 Points. Very complexly layered spice and black fruits, lively! Dark chocolate, creamy oak, a bit of vanilla cola, brown spices-nutmeg/cinnamon. Rich in mouth, good structure for aging, a bit chewy in its youth

Coyote Sonoma

Phone: 707-385-9137

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Pinot Noir, Fog

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: 92 Points | Gold "Ripe cherries and toast. Full flavor. Crowd pleaser."

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Zinfandel, West Dry Creek

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 97 Points | Double Gold "Lush ripe nose. Bacon spices, and juicy." Exceptional aromas of Royal Anne cherry, anise, and toasted almond precede a palate rich in flavors of black currant preserves, Italian plum, and cinnamon stick. Silky tannins linger long into the finish with notes of raspberry, black tea leaf, and dark cocoa. Balanced and full-bodied, this Zinfandel makes the perfect pairing for a hearty charbroiled hamburger with all the fixings or Tagliatelle tossed with slow-roasted wild mushrooms.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Zinfandel, Harris Kratka Reserve

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 90 Points | Gold Medal "Spicy, mineral and peppery." Wonderful aromas of sour cherry chocolate tart, cranberry, and clove set the stage for flavors of Montmorency cherry, raspberry, and Malabar black pepper. Silky tannins linger throughout the finish along with notes of hibiscus, red currant, and sumac. Baking spices and red fruits make this the ideal pairing for parmesan & herb crusted chicken breast pan-fried and baked with mozzarella cheese and tomato basil sauce or cannoli with chocolate custard.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Petite Sirah, Tombstone

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Charming aromas of huckleberry, Santa Rosa plum, and coffee grounds precede a sip rich in flavors of fresh blueberry pie, black peppercorn, and dark chocolate truffle. Smooth tannins linger along with notes of Morello cherry, black currant, and Tahitian vanilla bean. Displaying perfect acidity and balance, this makes the perfect pairing for homemade beef and wild boar lasagna or smoked beef short ribs.

Best in Class - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 3

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: Dry Creek Valley Dominant aromas of dark berries, toasted almond, and chocolate truffle precede a palate rich in flavors of black cherry, black peppercorn, and cardamom. Full-bodied and smooth, the finish lingers with notes of cassis, crème de violet, and leather. The bold structure and dark fruits make this the perfect pairing for seared rack of lamb with a pomegranate glaze or grilled coffee-crusted tomahawk rib chop.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Zinfandel, Tombstone

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: Dry Creek Valley Bold aromas of pomegranate aril, red currant, and white peppercorn introduce flavors of boysenberry preserves, ripe plum, and allspice. Smooth tannins linger along with notes of raspberry, toasted cedar, and black tea leaf. Dark fruits and incredible balance make this an amazing pairing for rosemary marinated porkchops with grilled stone fruit or braised beef short ribs over Manchego polenta with maple-glazed carrots.

D'Argenzio Winery

Phone: 707-546-2466

Bronze - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 D'Alfonso Super Tuscan Red Wine Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Bronze medal winner in Dan Berger's International Wine Competition, 2023! The perfect blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, and Montepulciano crafted for balance across the palate.

Silver - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Anthesis Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: 2023 Dan Berger International Wine Competition Silver Medal winner! Garnet red with a violet hue. On the nose, hints of earthiness and dried figs with ample presence of raspberry and Bubblegum. On the palate, medium body structured by great acidity and light tannins. It lingers with a persistent finish.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Sangiovese, DeNatale Vineyard

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Date Awarded: May 2023

Details: Crafted for aging up to a decade, this Sangiovese is a harmonious blend of balance and brightness. Its elegance and structure shine through, offering vibrant notes of raspberry, cherry, strawberry, and subtle oak dust. Carefully harvested on the later side, the grapes were selected with a keen focus on preserving fruit integrity, resulting in grapes that achieved a deeper development of pigment.

Silver - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Anthesis Pinot Noir, Petaluma Gap

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Date Awarded: May 2023

Details: Garnet red with a violet hue. On the nose, hints of earthiness and dried figs with ample presence of raspberry and Bubblegum. On the palate, medium body structured by great acidity and light tannins. It lingers with a persistent finish.

David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

Phone: 707-433-9715

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Block 4

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Block 4 is the oldest planting on our estate, boasting 120+year-old vines. The resulting wine is supple and rich with tannins that mingle with dark cherry and blackberry flavors. The finish is long, pure and mouthwatering.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Cabernet

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: The 2020 vintage is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown in Alexander Valley. While waiting for more of our own estate vines plantings to mature, we purchased this Alexander Valley fruit from vineyard owner Sedgwick Dienst in the fall of 2020. Our vineyard crew worked closely with him on two separate dates to choose and harvest the best quality grapes from his young hillside vineyard. We think the resulting wine is a good representation of what a classic Alexander Valley Cabernet is all about - intense fruit, smooth and structured tannins, a lingering finish, and the capacity to age gracefully for many years.

Silver - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Block 6 Zin

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Estate grown blend of newer but well-established Zinfandel vines, to which we typically add approximately 25% Petite Sirah for a hearty structure with complexity Blackberries lead the flavor profile, while oak takes a backseat to this rich and layered Zin blend with just the right amount of acidity to keep it fresh and easy to pair with just about any of your favorite foods.

Silver - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Carignan

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Estate Grown, 100% Carignan from old head-pruned vines planted in approximately the 1950's Typically used for blending by the immigrant farmers who first planted grapes in the Dry Creek Valley, our 100% Carignan stands alone and is a beautiful garnet in color with earthy aromas of cassis and cranberry. Best described with characteristics similar to something between a Merlot and a Zinfandel.

Silver - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Petite Sirah

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: If there is a wine that completely embodies the red meat with red wine pairing, this is it! This textural, almost musty Petite Sirah is dark and velvety and just tannic enough to stand up beautifully to your favorite hearty meal.

Bronze - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Luminaire

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat, Gewurztraminer & Chardonnay, blended for complexity and a more round mouthfeel. The 2021 was fermented in stainless and finished in neutral oak. This crisp, dry wine is perfect paired with warm weather dishes.

Davis Family Vineyards

Phone: 707-540-0395

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2019 Rose de Noir Sparkling Rose'

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 92 Points. 100% Pinot Noir. Methode champenoise with 3+ years of extended tirage for a creamy, mousse like mouthfeel that compliments the abundant notes of berry that come from the Pinot Noir

Best in Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: February 2024

Details: A blend of 70 percent French oak and 30 percent stainless steel. Beautifully balanced vanilla and creamy texture with a little splash of green apple acidity at the end. The best from both Californian and French styles of Chardonnay. We often joke that it's the Chardonnay to change your mind for that reason; it's got something for every palate!

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 CAB5, Bordeaux Style Blend, Rockpile AVA

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Date Awarded: February 2024

Details: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot & Petit Verdot Blend. This vintage is stunning, the first comeback from the drought years. Although the crop was small, the flavors are amazingly intense, with layers and complexity as good as any we've ever released over the last 12 years, since we first began working with this selection of vineyards in Rockpile Ridge, the Mountains above Lake Sonoma.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Cuvee Luke White Rhone Inspired Blend

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Date Awarded: February 2024

Details: 35% Roussanne, 35% Viognier, 26% Marsanne, 4% Picpoul. Expresses stone fruit and floral aromatics, balanced with a distinctive minerality. Since we do this wine in full stainless steel, we do a few days of extra skin contact on the Roussanne to give it really interesting body without needing oak.

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Phone: 707-431-2700

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: The nose shows a lovely sweetness that is very inviting. Notes of black raspberry cream, loads of red and purple fruits, sweet cream, hints of vanilla, oak, and bread dough are accented by a slightly earthy and savory quality along with dried herbs de Provence, baking spices, and browned butter.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Winemakers Cellar Kupferschmid Red Wine

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 93 Points - A compote of mixed fruits and baked apple, with pepper, dried flowers and herbs, sagebrush, licorice, orange peel, a crushed rock minerality and an earthy Syrah addition providing hints of soy sauce, tobacco leaf, and tar. Darker in both color and aromas than past vintages, the 2018 Kupferschmid Red is a medium bodied blend of Rhone varietals, dominated by Grenache’s red fruits and good acidity.

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Cassis, cherry and blackberries, cedar chest, and resin are all present in the nose of the 2018 Cooney Cabernet. Aromas of spice box, bay, and sagebrush mingle with iodine, mushroom, and menthol. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose. Best of Class & Double Gold

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: White peaches, guava, honeydew melon, key lime, and hints of lemongrass, jasmine, and jalapeno all give you a fresh, herbaceous, and green feeling when you first delve into a glass of the 2022 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc. Best of Class & Double Gold

Gold - San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 92 Ponits-The 2017 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a showstopper. The nose is ripe with cassis, blueberries, raspberries, and dried fruit, cocoa powder, and toasty oak. Slightly herbaceous with notes of both dried and fresh herbs, along with sagebrush, graphite, sandalwood incense, and dried flowers.

Gold - San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 92 Points-Bursting with red and purple fruits, the 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon boasts notes of cassis, cherries, plums, sandalwood, baking spices, vanillin, and toasty oak all flowing effortlessly from the glass. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose, and the palate lives up to the hype the aromas promised.

Gold - San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Maple Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 91 Points-The 2019 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel is a classic. Aromas of crushed blackberries, plums, and cherries, along with pie crust, black pepper, spice box, sweet cream, and freshly turned earth waft from the glass. Nuances of orange peel and citrus blossom come through upon a second dive of the nose into the glass.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge-Best of Class Aromatic and expressive, the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc’s aromas are jumping out of the glass. Tropical notes of passion fruit and guava take the lead, followed by fresh cut grass, floral influences, lemons, and limes all drawing you in for your first sip.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: Sparkling Posterity Blanc de Blancs

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge- A very pale straw color, this is a lively sparkling on its feet right from first glance. Aromas of golden delicious apple, pineapple, bread dough, floral notes, and baked apple rise from your glass inviting you in for a sip. Flavors of lemons, guava, and granny smith apples pour over your tongue alongside hints of nuttiness, and wet stone. The finish is long, clean, and drawn out with a vibrant acidity keeping your palate alive.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits93 Points-Cassis, cherry and blackberries, cedar chest, and resin are all present in the nose of the 2018 Cooney Cabernet. Aromas of spice box, bay, and sagebrush mingle with iodine, mushroom, and menthol. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits-93 Points Cassis, cherry and blackberries, cedar chest, and resin are all present in the nose of the 2018 Cooney Cabernet. Aromas of spice box, bay, and sagebrush mingle with iodine, mushroom, and menthol. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits-92 Points Bursting with red and purple fruits, the 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon boasts notes of cassis, cherries, plums, sandalwood, baking spices, vanillin, and toasty oak all flowing effortlessly from the glass. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose, and the palate lives up to the hype the aromas promised.louie

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 CFM Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits-92 Points Vibrant garnet with purple hues around the edge, the 2018 CFM Cabernet Sauvignon is a thing of beauty. The nose is inviting, displaying classic Napa Valley Cabernet aromas of cassis, bakers' chocolate, dried orange peels, cedar, vanillin, sandalwood, white clay, dried herbs, and sagebrush.

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2018 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 92 Points (Best of Class, Best of Alexander Valley AVA) Cassis, cherry and blackberries, cedar chest, and resin are all present in the nose of the 2018 Cooney Cabernet. Aromas of spice box, bay, and sagebrush mingle with iodine, mushroom, and menthol. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose.

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 91 Points-White peaches, guava, honeydew melon, key lime, and hints of lemongrass, jasmine, and jalapeno all give you a fresh, herbaceous, and green feeling when you first delve into a glass of the 2022 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc.

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2016 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 94 points-A beautiful dark purple in the middle of the glass that transition to red as you move out to the edge. The nose boasts aromas of creme de cassis and dark cherries, accented by crushed rock, baking spices, sagebrush, and sandalwood.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 90 Points -  Ripe, rich, and luscious all come to mind when you first get a whiff of the 2021 Bacigalupi Chardonnay. The light straw color of the wine rests beautifully in the glass. Aromas of butterscotch, poached pears, yogurt, pineapple, and musk melon all meld together with a background of mineral, oak, citrus rind, and sweet white flowers.

Gold - The TEXOM International Wine Awards

Wine: 2019 Stuhlmuller Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Rich and layered with texture. Flavors of butterscotch and baked apples dominate until a pop of lemon zest comes onto the scene and then fades into a finish of sweet cream, oak, and toasted marshmallow.

Double Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2018 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 94 ponits-The 2018 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a classic expression with a deep and vibrant dark garnet hue. First out of the glass are aromas of cassis and cherries backed by spice box, chaparral, toasted oak and tobacco leaf. An inviting warmth to the nose captivates you and draws you in.

Double Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2019 Stuhlmuller Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 98 Ponits (Best of Alexander Vineyard AVA, Best of Class) Medium gold in color, the 2019 Stuhlmuller Chardonnay gives you rich and inviting notes of Golden Delicious apples, toffee, and pear skin. Nutty aromas intermix with lemon verbena, rich cream, honey suckle flowers, and lemon.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits - 91 ponits A nice light straw in color, the 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay has aromas jumping from the glass. Ripe and tropical, notes of pineapple, pears, and the vineyard’s signature stone characteristics are first to strike.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits - 91 points The 2018 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a classic expression with a deep and vibrant dark garnet hue. First out of the glass are aromas of cassis and cherries backed by spice box, chaparral, toasted oak and tobacco leaf. An inviting warmth to the nose captivates you and draws you in.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Maple Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits- 92 ponits The 2019 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel is a classic. Aromas of crushed blackberries, plums, and cherries, along with pie crust, black pepper, spice box, sweet cream, and freshly turned earth waft from the glass.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits- 92 ponits Bursting with red and purple fruits, the 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon boasts notes of cassis, cherries, plums, sandalwood, baking spices, vanillin, and toasty oak all flowing effortlessly from the glass. The color is deep and rich, just like the nose, and the palate lives up to the hype the aromas promised

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2017 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits- 92 ponits The 2017 Cooney Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a showstopper. The nose is ripe with cassis, blueberries, raspberries, and dried fruit, cocoa powder, and toasty oak. Slightly herbaceous with notes of both dried and fresh herbs, along with sagebrush, graphite, sandalwood incense, and dried flowers.

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Winemakers' Cellar Kupferschmid Red Wine

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge- 91 points A compote of mixed fruits and baked apple, with pepper, dried flowers and herbs, sagebrush, licorice, orange peel, a crushed rock minerality and an earthy Syrah addition providing hints of soy sauce, tobacco leaf, and tar.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Proprietors Reserve Syrah

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge- 92 ponits Big and brooding, the 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah boasts a deep garnet hue with aromas of ripe currant, chocolate covered cherries, and plums mingling with dried herbs, cured meat, chaparral, violets, and sweet oak. The complex and inviting nose draws you in, while the mouth is full and coating, presenting you with flavors of red, blue, and purple fruits, flakey pastry, vanilla cream, and oak.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Proprietors Reserve Petite Sirah

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge- 97 points The 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Petite Sirah is rich and deep, light is barely able to penetrate the intense purple red colored wine. Aromas of plum, blueberries, blackberries, and chocolate covered cherries mix with new leather, toasty oak, espresso, and baking spices.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge-96 points A nice light straw in color, the 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay has aromas jumping from the glass. Ripe and tropical, notes of pineapple, pears, and the vineyard’s signature stone characteristics are first to strike.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge-97 points(Best of Class) Charles and Diana Karren sunk everything they had into their dream. The couple had searched for years to find the perfect spot to plant the roots for both their vineyard and their family. Finally, on the eve of the millennium, they were able to acquire the 53-acre ranch in the rolling hills of southern Petaluma that they named Terra de Promissio, meaning “Land of Promise.”

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Proprietor's Reserve Syrah

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Critics Challenge- 90 ponits Big and brooding, the 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah boasts a deep garnet hue with aromas of ripe currant, chocolate covered cherries, and plums mingling with dried herbs, cured meat, chaparral, violets, and sweet oak. The complex and inviting nose draws you in, while the mouth is full and coating, presenting you with flavors of red, blue, and purple fruits, flakey pastry, vanilla cream, and oak.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Taylor Vineyard "Century Block" Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Critics Challenge- 91 points A vibrant display of garnet in the glass, the 2018 Taylor “Century Block” Zinfandel is a mash up of red fruits, raspberry preserves, and butter cookies with hints of dusty earth, and oak toast.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2017 Winemakers' Cellar Kupferschmid Red Wine

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Critics Challenge - 93 ponits This wine is warm and inviting right from the first smell out of the glass. Aromas of raspberries, dried cherries, and fig paste are accented by vanilla yogurt and cream, rounded out by dried flowers, nutmeg, and allspice. Red fruits dance across your palate and are held up by a firm backbone of acidity that plays well with the wines soft tannins that coat your mouth.

Dutton Estate Winery

Phone: 707-829-9463

Gold - Experience Rosé Wine Competition

Wine: 2023 Dutton Estate Winery Blushing Sister's Rosé of Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 94 points | $25 | 125 cases made | Rosé of Pinot Noir Earthy, lovely, rich, bold, delightful, lots of red fruit, liquorice.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Spectator Top 100

Wine: 2021 Dutton Estate Winery Russian River Valley Syrah, Cherry Ridge

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 93 points | $58 | 150 cases made | Red "Precise and keenly structured, this Syrah offers handsome flavors of raspberry and blackberry that take on smoky meat, cracked pepper and licorice tones as this builds richness toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2033. -T.F."

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Spectator Top 100

Wine: 2019 La Familia Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: The Kozlowski Family Vineyards is located in the heart of Green Valley and the home of Tracy Dutton's family, who have five generations of farming history in Sonoma County. Prior to being a vineyard, the Kozlowski land was once the largest raspberry patch in Northern California. The vineyard was planted to Pommard, Swan, and Dijon 115 clones in 1998, but only Pommard is used to make our classic Pinot Noir.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2019 Thomas Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: The deep ruby color of the Thomas Road is consistent with previous vintages,which speaks to the both the winemaker style and the vineyard properties. This opens with a whiff of currants that drift into forest floor aromas of mushroom, moss, and cedar; reminiscent of the nearby Armstrong woods on a cool morning. The truffle flavors on the palate are accentuated by plush tannins that make this a Cabernet lovers Pinot Noir. Food pairing opportunities are endless: venison, truffle pasta, and duck risotto would be excellent choices.

EHRET

Phone: (707) 537-5000

Best of Show - Sante' International Spirits and Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Hillside Reserve Red Blend (club only)

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Date Awarded: October 2021

Details: 99pts; 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec; 87.5% new French Oak barrels; 18months; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Ektimo Vineyards

Phone: 707-827-3008

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Pinot Noir 2020 Gold

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Dijon Clone 115 Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Dijon Clone 115 Pinot Noir Gold

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Wadenswil Clone Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Wadenswil Clone Pinot Noir Gold

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: 2020 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir Double Gold

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: 2021 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir Double Gold

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Pinot Noir Gold 90 points.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Ektimo Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: 2019 Ektimo Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir Gold 91 Points The 2019 Estate "Mount Eden Clone" Pinot Noir is a more robust take on Pinot Noir, lithe and luscious yet with more body and substance, focused and precise. It rewards the more sophisticated palate with a veritable feast for the senses that will tantalize your palate and capture your imagination. Deeper in color, richer in aroma and more concentrated on the palate, Crimson Passion Cherry, pomegranate and Thundercloud Plum flecked with savory notes and supple tannins as smooth as satin sheets. Simple yet creative food pairing possibilities abound like "Chicken ...

Best in Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Mt. Eden Clone Double Gold, Best of Class 98 points The 2019 Estate "Mount Eden Clone" Pinot Noir is a more robust take on Pinot Noir, lithe and luscious yet with more body and substance, focused and precise. It rewards the more sophisticated palate with a veritable feast for the senses that will tantalize your palate and capture your imagination. Deeper in color, richer in aroma and more concentrated on the palate, Crimson Passion Cherry, pomegranate and Thundercloud Plum flecked with savory notes and supple tannins as smooth as satin sheets. Simple yet creative food pairing possibilities ...

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Chardonnay Double Gold 96

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Chardonnay Double Gold 96 Points Fragrant golden delicious apple leads the way as it glides across the palate with touches of crisp citrus, apples & pears, and a hint of hazelnut. A luscious creaminess gives the wine texture and balance, and a crisp mineral edge brings a clear and dry finish. Slick and viscous this wine is fine with a crusty San Francisco style sourdough bread and sweet cream butter. You will never find a gourmet treat this simple to prepare.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 2019 Ektimo Vineyards Russian River Estate Pinot Noir Gold 91 Points

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Phone: 707-857-1471

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Francis Coppola Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Aged 18 months on French oak, the 2019 Francis Coppola Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon boasts enticing and decadent aromas of vanilla, blackberries, and toasted oak. Fruit takes center stage on the palate with intense flavors of plum, raisins, and cloves. The round mid-palate continues with notes of créme, and chocolate and toffee bringing a rich, lengthy finish.

GC Lurton Vineyard Tasting Room

Phone: 707-791-0943

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: ACAIBO 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: After several year of efforts and adaptation, we finally accomplish the challenge: the Acaibo 2017 is much closer than a traditional Bordeaux wines than to typical California wines. Hard to resist. Right meeting between California and Bordeaux. WE : 97pts

J. Rickards Winery

Phone: 707-758-3441

Best in Class - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Reserve Petite Sirah, Rickards Wild Reserve - Alexander Valley Estate - Best of Class, Double Gold, 97 pts.

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: Recent lab testing proved fermentation-worthy yeasts exist on the estate property. This Petite Sirah was fermented only with the "Rickards Wild" yeast. The resulting wine boasts aromas of blueberry pie filling with firm, well-structured tannins and an extended finish of molasses and sweet spice.

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyard - Alexander Valley Estate - Double Gold, 97 pts.

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: Our Old Vine Zin was originally planted by the Brignole Family in 1908 and it is our original estate block of vines. Treated with tender loving care, this vineyard continues to produce gorgeous fruit with deep blackberry cobbler and gingerbread spice flavors - a true reflection of Alexander Valley terroir!

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2023 G-V-M, White Wine Blend - Sonoma County - Double Gold, 96 pts.

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Muscat Blanc from the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys were combined to create a crisp dry wine that is as versatile as it is delicious. A bright bouquet of honeysuckle and orange blossoms lead into round notes of summer stonefruit and honeydew melon on the palate.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Five Sisters Blend - Alexander Valley Estate - Gold, 91 pts.

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: A cellar-worthy, yet approachable take on a classic Bordeaux blend. Lush aromatics of plum and cassis lead into rich, balanced flavors of black cherry and herbal spice. The expansive mouthfeel is supported by layers of dense tannin and subtle notes of sweet oak and velvety finish.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2023 Viognier, Sea Rose Ranch - Dry Creek Valley - Gold, 90 pts.

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Date Awarded: May 2024

Details: Our Viognier grapes are sourced from a small production ranch in the lower Dry Creek Valley and fermented in 50/50 neutral oak and stainless steel. The soft florals on the nose, bright summer fruit on the palate, finish with a supple mouthfeel.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2023 Sauvignon Blanc, Croft Vineyard, Alexander Valley - Double Gold 95 pts.

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: Our Sauvignon Blanc is produced from the Croft Vineyard, a unique parcel located at the southern end of the Alexander Valley. The vineyard was planted at an elevation 700 feet above the valley floor in a saddle that connects the Russian River AVA and the Alexander Valley AVA. This location allows the cooling fog from the coast to penetrate early in the morning, cooling off the vines and extending hang-time for the grapes. These factors help develop intense aromatics of melon and exotic fruit flavors, while still preserving the crisp acidity that Sauvignon Blanc is known for.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2022 Viognier, Il Sogno Vineyard - Dry Creek Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This traditional Rhone Valley white grape has been planted in Sonoma County since the early 1980s, but recently it has become very popular for its combination of bright aromatics and round mouthfeel. We take a lighter approach to the varietal to avoid over-oaking the wine and overpowering the delicate fruit characteristics. This Viognier delivers a delightful combination of floral aromas and crisp summer fruit notes. Sourced from a small production ranch in the lower Dry Creek Valley, this wine is partially fermented in neutral oak, resulting in a balanced, supple texture that makes this unique varietal really shine!

Kelley & Young Wines

Phone: 707-894-4535

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Crisp and refreshing, and perfect on a warm afternoon- The medium palate features a dry but delicate acidity and minerality, with bright and juicy flavors including white grapefruit, lychee, and lemon curd. Nose, it exhibits refreshing scents of Meyer lemon zest, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. Aged one month in neutral French oak barrels. It pairs well with dry-aged cheeses, Marcona almonds, oysters, and even popcorn. Frankly, we like it with anything cheesy and salty.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: September 2022

Details: Winemaker Jim Young produced the 2019 Kelley & Young Pinot Noir using 100% Russian River Valley grown grapes, which aged in French oak barrels, giving the wine depth and balancing a robust earthiness with understated flavors of ripe plum and delicately sour cherry, as well as a long-lasting and elegant finish. Only 69 cases produced

Best in Class - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Late Harvest Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: The Kelley & Young Late Harvest Zinfandel is a dessert wine that comes in 375 mL bottles. Let us share with you this exceptional late harvest wine with flavors of ripe plum and blackberries. Our favorite pairing is with fresh berries & whipped cream atop a toasted spice cake (cinnamon, cardamom, allspice), or the ol' standby, cherries and chocolate.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2020 Kathleen Rose

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Our namesake varietal after our matriarch, Kathleen Rose Kelley Young. The Kathleen Rose is an intense rosé made from all five of the red Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. One sip fills your mouth with yellow/sweet pink grapefruit, tart red cherries, wild strawberries, and cranberries with a "juicy" finish. Drink chilled with fruits and cheese, enjoy with salmon and charcuterie or eat with your favorite Niçoise or feta, olive, and cucumber salad.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2018 Malbec

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Our Malbec is a big, deep, dense, and structured wine with dominant aromas of black currant and plum with a touch of spicy cigar box. Our Malbec’s flavor complexity and hint of spice allows for an equally complex blend of food pairing options. These can range from pork loin, St. Louis pork ribs, lean brisket, duck, roast beef, and wild game. When it comes to pairing cheese with our Malbec, go sharp and don’t be afraid of strong cheeses.

Korbel Champagne Cellars

Phone: 707-824-7000

Best in Class - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: Brut Rosé

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: KORBEL Brut Rosé is delicate and crisp, featuring bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and melon. Its medium-dry, slightly sweet style makes it one of the most versatile, food-friendly varietals.

Gold - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: Natural'

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: KORBEL Natural’ is a very dry, delicate California champagne – a true representation of KORBEL’s fruit-forward “house” style. It is made from the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. It features apple notes complemented by sweet flavors of orange, lime and raspberry.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: Brut

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: America’s favorite California champagne, KORBEL Brut is refined, with a balanced, medium-dry finish. Enjoy lively aromas of citrus and cinnamon leading to crisp flavors of orange, lime, vanilla and a hint of strawberry.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: Brut Rosé

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: KORBEL Brut Rosé is delicate and crisp, featuring bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and melon. Its medium-dry, slightly sweet style makes it one of the most versatile, food-friendly varietals.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: Extra Dry

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: KORBEL Extra Dry is a fresh, off-dry California champagne that is light, luscious and always a crowd favorite. It features delightful flavors of bright citrus, vanilla and spice.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: Sweet Rosé

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: KORBEL Sweet Rosé is made from a complex selection of both red and white grape varietals and is designed to have very bright fruit flavors and aromas of raspberry and vanilla. The harvesting of red varietals early in the ripening process helps achieve the desired style for this cuvée.

Best of Show - California State Fair

Wine: Extra Dry

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: KORBEL Extra Dry is a fresh, off-dry California champagne that is light, luscious and always a crowd favorite. It features delightful flavors of bright citrus, vanilla and spice.

Double Gold - California State Fair

Wine: Natural'

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: KORBEL Natural’ is a very dry, delicate California champagne – a true representation of KORBEL’s fruit-forward “house” style. It is made from the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. It features apple notes complemented by sweet flavors of orange, lime and raspberry.

Gold - California State Fair

Wine: Sweet Rosé

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: KORBEL Sweet Rosé is made from a complex selection of both red and white grape varietals and is designed to have very bright fruit flavors and aromas of raspberry and vanilla. The harvesting of red varietals early in the ripening process helps achieve the desired style for this cuvée.

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: Natural'

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: KORBEL Natural’ is a very dry, delicate California champagne – a true representation of KORBEL’s fruit-forward “house” style. It is made from the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. It features apple notes complemented by sweet flavors of orange, lime and raspberry.

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: Brut Rosé

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: KORBEL Brut Rosé is delicate and crisp, featuring bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and melon. Its medium-dry, slightly sweet style makes it one of the most versatile, food-friendly varietals.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: Blanc de Noirs, NV

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Fresh and full of vivid berry flavors, KORBEL Blanc de Noirs is the perfect summer California champagne. This KORBEL varietal uses Pinot Noir cuvées with remarkable raspberry and strawberry flavors and a delicate finish.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: Brut Rosé

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: KORBEL Brut Rosé is delicate and crisp, featuring bright flavors of strawberry, cherry and melon. Its medium-dry, slightly sweet style makes it one of the most versatile, food-friendly varietals.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: Extra Dry

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: KORBEL Extra Dry is a fresh, off-dry California champagne that is light, luscious and always a crowd favorite. It features delightful flavors of bright citrus, vanilla and spice.

Landmark Vineyards

Phone: 707-433-6491

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir – Gold Medal, 93pts.

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: We’re excited to release our sixth vintage of Pinot Noir from our Hop Kiln Estate. With three unique soil types, the grapes from this vineyard produce the famous plush and rich style of Pinot Noir of this region. Harvested from a truly landmark vineyard located on the coveted Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, this unique bottle also features the iconic and historical stone hop kilns, which the California Heritage Society have named a historical landmark.

Gold - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir – Gold Medal, 91pts.

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: We’re excited to release our fifth vintage of Pinot Noir from our Hop Kiln Estate. With three unique soil types, the grapes from this vineyard produce the famous plush and rich style of Pinot Noir of this region. Harvested from a truly landmark vineyard located on the coveted Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, this unique bottle also features the iconic and historical stone hop kilns, which the California Heritage Society have named a historical landmark. The 2021 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir was recently awarded a Platinum Medal at the 2023 TEXSOM International Wine Awards.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Grand Detour Pinot Noir - Gold Medal, 93pts.

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: Our 2021 Grand Detour Pinot Noir was sourced from Landmark’s historic Hop Kiln Estate located on Westside Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Crafting this wine from estate grapes grown in the respected Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley AVA gives our winemaker the flexibility to select his favorite blocks with unique grape and rootstock combinations. The fruit for the 2021 Grand Detour was hand-harvested at night and delivered to the winery before sunrise, ensuring the integrity and character of this delicate Pinot Noir.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir – 94pts.

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: We’re excited to release our fifth vintage of Pinot Noir from our Hop Kiln Estate. With three unique soil types, the grapes from this vineyard produce the famous plush and rich style of Pinot Noir of this region. Harvested from a truly landmark vineyard located on the coveted Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, this unique bottle also features the iconic and historical stone hop kilns, which the California Heritage Society have named a historical landmark. The 2021 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir was recently awarded a Platinum Medal at the 2023 TEXSOM International Wine Awards.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay – 92pts.

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: The 2021 Sangiacomo Chardonnay is sourced from grapes grown at the Kiser Vineyard off Arnold Drive in the cool and windy Sonoma Carneros AVA just north of San Pablo Bay. This venerable appellation is highly regarded as one of the finest places in California to grow cool-climate chardonnay. Using grapes sourced from the highly desired and low-yielding Old Wente selection, with its characteristic uneven berry sizing, allows our winemaker to craft a wine that gives a true sense of place.

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Wine: 2021 Grand Detour Pinot Noir – 92pts.

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: Our 2021 Grand Detour Pinot Noir was sourced from Landmark’s historic Hop Kiln Estate located on Westside Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Crafting this wine from estate grapes grown in the respected Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley AVA gives our winemaker the flexibility to select his favorite blocks with unique grape and rootstock combinations. The fruit for the 2021 Grand Detour was hand-harvested at night and delivered to the winery before sunrise, ensuring the integrity and character of this delicate Pinot Noir.

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Wine: 2021 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay – 92pts.

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: The 2021 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay is a blend from the Flocchini Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA and the Kiser Vineyard in the western Sonoma Carneros AVA. The ever-present cooling winds of the San Pablo Bay dictate the climate for a moderately cool and highly desired long growing season. The combination of clone, climate, and, ultimately, harvest timing decisions allow the chardonnay fruit for this blend to develop fully mature flavors while maintaining fine balance and acidity.

Leo Steen Wines @ The Drink

Phone: 707-974-6822

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Wine: 93 points: Leo Steen Cabernet Franc, Ascona Vineyard - Santa Cruz Mountains 2022

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: 2022 Cabernet Franc Ascona Vineyard Producer: Leo Steen 93 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2032 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2022 Cabernet Franc Ascona Vineyard is another super-distinctive wine in this range. It is also the deepest and most structured of the reds I tasted from Leo Steen. Dark cherry, plum, new leather, licorice, menthol and dried herbs open with some coaxing. This is an especially dark, almost somber wine, but there is plenty of varietal character.

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Wine: 93 points: Leo Steen Wines Red Field Blend Casa Verde 2022

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: 93 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2032 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2022 Red Field Blend Casa Verde is one of the highlights in this range from Leo Steen. Rich and effusive, the 2022 offers up copious dark red cherry/plum fruit, spice, new leather and licorice. This stylish Carignane/Grenache-based red delivers the goods. Best of all, the 2022 is a great value.

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Wine: 93 points: Leo Steen Wines Chenin Blanc Saini Farms 2022

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Producer: Leo Steen 93 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2029 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2022 Chenin Blanc Saini Farms is fabulous. Bright, precise and sculpted, the 2022 explodes from the glass. Citrus, intense floral overtones and bright acids are beautifully amplified. All the elements come together in this stylish Chenin from Leo Steen.

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Wine: 92 points: Leo Steen Wines Grenache Provisor Vineyard 2021

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Producer: Leo Steen 92 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2032 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2021 Grenache Provisor Vineyard emerges from a site in Healdsburg near Lytton Springs. It is at once quite ripe and racy, yet also nicely lifted by the 100% stems—a natural balance that works well. Kirsch, mint, rose petal and a dose of savoriness from the whole clusters are some of the signatures.

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Wine: 92 points: Leo Steen Wines Pinot Noir Filigreen Farms 2021

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Producer: Leo Steen 92 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2032 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2021 Pinot Noir Filigreen Farms emerges from a site in Anderson Valley. The use of 100% stems nicely balances the natural richness of the Pommard clone. Crushed flowers, mint, spice and white pepper are all finely sketched. The 2022 is distinctive and a bit clenched, but its balance is very fine.

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Wine: 93 points: Leo Steen Wines Chenin Late Harvest Sterling Ranch - SØD 2019

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Producer: Leo Steen 93 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2030 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The 2019 Chenin Late Harvest Sterling Ranch - SØD is delicate, understated and so classy. Touches of ripe pear, spice, apricot and tangerine peel lift from the glass. This pretty, moderately sweet late-harvest wine is an absolute delight. It’s an especially refreshing dessert wine.

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Wine: 93 oints: Leo Steen Wines Fortified Chenin Blanc - SØD

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Producer: Leo Steen 93 Drinking Window: 2024 - 2030 Antonio Galloni, January 2024 The NV Fortified Chenin Blanc - SØD Batch 2 is an Angelica-style wine, in this case based on the 2011 vintage. It shows gorgeous complexity. Light brown sugar, dried fruit, cedar and hazelnut open first. This is a bit high-toned, but that slightly volatile character is not uncommon in dessert wines that have been left in barrel, un-topped, and bottled after 12 years in wood.

Meeker Vineyard, The

Phone: 707-431-2148

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Scharf Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, juicy, classic Cab with hints of currants and spice, a velvety mouthfeel, muscular tannins, and a long supple finish.

Merriam Vineyards

Phone: 707-433-4032

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: A light ruby red wine that opens with a beautiful fruit-forward bouquet on the nose by way of raspberries and cranberries with a swirl of vanilla on the nose. On the palate, a sense of vineyard terroir shines through with slight herbaceous qualities and hints of cranberry and dark chocolate on the finish.

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Wine: 2019 Right Bank Red Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge Our Right Bank inspired Bordeaux Blend is vinified with five French varietals with an emphasis on the symbiotic relationship of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This medium-bodied wine marries fruit forward acidity by way of fresh red fruits on the nose, followed by soft earthy notes on the palate.

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Right Bank Red Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Our Right Bank inspired Bordeaux Blend is vinified with five French varietals with an emphasis on the symbiotic relationship of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This medium-bodied wine marries fruit forward acidity by way of fresh red fruits on the nose, followed by soft earthy notes on the palate.

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. This will become your new favorite summertime sipper as notes of lemon, lime and pomelos grapefruit wake up your tastebuds. Reminiscent of a Grand Cru Chablis, it has a bright and lively mouthful that is tamed by softness in the hints of minerality and wet stone. Flavors of pineapple and lychee linger on the palate.

Gold - Denver International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Undisclosed Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This beautiful golden white wine showcases a perfume of vanilla, honey, and butterscotch. Layered flavors of vanilla follow on the tongue, complemented by notes of honey crisp apples and Crème Brûlée.

Gold - Denver International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: A light ruby red wine that opens with a beautiful fruit-forward bouquet on the nose by way of raspberries and cranberries with a swirl of vanilla on the nose. On the palate, a sense of vineyard terroir shines through with slight herbaceous qualities and hints of cranberry and dark chocolate on the finish.

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: A light ruby red wine that opens with a beautiful fruit-forward bouquet on the nose by way of raspberries and cranberries with a swirl of vanilla on the nose. On the palate, a sense of vineyard terroir shines through with slight herbaceous qualities and hints of cranberry and dark chocolate on the finish.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2021

Details: A light ruby red wine that opens with a beautiful fruit-forward bouquet on the nose by way of raspberries and cranberries with a swirl of vanilla on the nose. On the palate, a sense of vineyard terroir shines through with slight herbaceous qualities and hints of cranberry and dark chocolate on the finish.

Pech Merle Winery

Phone: 707-891-3015 ext. 6

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Since the previous vintage was awarded 92pts. from Wine Spectator we had high hopes for the new release of our "vacation in a bottle". With 95pts. and a Double Gold the 2021 vintage didn't disappoint. The sheer notes of green mango, key lime zest, and guava radiates the tip of your tongue, threads your tastebuds and satisfies your yearn for a vacation. one Monday at a time...

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2016 Russian River Valley Oehlman Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: This slightly cool climate, limited production, 95pt. Pinot Noir, floats between nuances of rustic fruit, forest floor, boysenberry, dried orange peel, & savory cinnamon cardamom. Hearty yet delicate with an uplifting old world finesse.

Pedroncelli Winery

Phone: 707-857-3531

Gold - California State Fair

Wine: 2023 Giovanni & Giulia Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 96 Points & Gold Medal

Gold - California State Fair

Wine: 2023 Bushnell Vineyard Rose

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: 95 Points & Gold Medal

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Wine: 2021 Block 007 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 90 Points | James Suckling Round, dense and fruit-driven cabernet sauvignon with a generous core of sweet berries. Raspberries, cherries, herbs and baking spices on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with melty tannins. Creamy center palate with berry and chocolate character throughout and a delicious finish. Drink now.

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Wine: 2021 East Side Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: 91 Points | James Suckling Delicious, creamy and fruit-driven merlot. It has aromas of dark cherries, baked plums, grilled herbs and cloves. Medium-bodied with fine, firm tannins. Vivid and peppery, with juicy berries and a focused finish. Drink or hold.

Other - details in description - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 Mother Clone Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: 92 Points, Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Wine: 2021 Courage Faloni Vineyard Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: 93 Points & Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Wine: 2021 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: 92 Points Wine Enthusiast 90 Points | James Suckling Densely fruity and mellow zinfandel. Aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, incense and roasted meat. It’s full-bodied with plush tannins. Richly fruity, with plenty of berries and melted chocolate character on the palate and a generous finish. Drink now. - April 11, 2024

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2022 F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: 92 Points

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Wine: 2021 Sonoma Classico Red Wine Blend

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Date Awarded: November 2023

Details: 93 Points

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Wine: 2019 Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: November 2022

Details: 93 Points, Editors' Choice | Wine Enthusiast Generous blueberry and cream aromas lead to tasty black cherries and dark-chocolate flavors in this well-concentrated and well-balanced wine from one of Sonoma’s oldest wine-making families. Firm tannins and snappy fruit acidity add a nice, grippy texture. Best from 2026–2032.

Peterson Winery

Phone: 707-431-7568

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2018

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Date Awarded: November 2022

Details: Taking it back to when Zin was easy drinking and no thinking! Dry farmed, head trained, gnarly zinfandel vines farmed by the Tollini family that were planted in the 1970's in the heart of Mendocino are no bull! Easy tannins and bright natural acidity carry the layers of juicy fruit and zesty spice. Whether having a dinner party, barbecuing, relaxing after work, or on a weekend getaway, there's never a wrong time to make it old school.

Quivira Vineyards

Phone: 707-431-8333

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Grenache, Wine Creek Ranch

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: The nose is filled with black cherry, dark chocolate, and a hint of black pepper but this changes in the mouth. Think very ripe, juicy summer cherries, strawberries, and plum skin that is wrapped in grippy tannins with touches of milk chocolate. A medium to light bodied wine that pairs well with anything from salmon sushi to slow braised short rib.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021, La Follette Pinot Noir, Heintz Vineyard

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: Charlie Heintz is the third generation of his family to farm this 50-acre vineyard near Occidental in one of the cooler sections of the Russian River Valley AVA on an exposed ridge, intensifying the fruit flavors and adding to the depth of the wine. The wine has a light, pale ruby color and an intricate, delicate nose. Notes of pomegranate, wild green strawberry and cola nut dominate both aroma and taste. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and green tea leaf add to this extremely complex wine. Amazingly nuanced for such a light bodied pinot and reminiscent more of southern burgundy ...

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Wine: 2023 Rose, Grenache+, Estate

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: Experience Rose Competition awarded our latest Rose a Gold! A blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah, Counoise, Mourvedre and Primitivo. Each varietal was handpicked at perfect maturity for Rosé, giving us fruit that is intense in flavor, lower in alcohol, and with balanced acidity. Lots were cold soaked, pressed, and vinified separately. Cool fermentation, no malolactic and aging in both stainless steel and neutral barrels results in a pure, focused wine that perfectly reflects its terroir and varietal makeup. In 2023, our Petite Sirah really shined in the cellar, so its inclusion was increased, adding subtle yet bright darker fruit notes along ...

Russian River Vineyards

Phone: 707-887-3344

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2021 Bacigalupi Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: Often described as velvety or satin-like on the palate, the 2021 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir’s profile showcases a delicate balance of flavorful fruit notes like ripe raspberry, red cherry, dark plum, and pomegranate melding with intriguing nuances of ruby grapefruit peel, white pepper, nutmeg, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: 2019 Emma's Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: This club favorite wine is the perfect expression of terroir within the Russian River Valley. Subtle nuances of barrel aging in new French Oak offer hints of vanilla and layers upon layers of fruit and texture on the palate. Concentrated flavors of blackberry and boysenberry accompanied by soft tannins and silky texture balance out this wonderful estate wine.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points)

Wine: Russian River Vineyards 2023 Dutton Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: June 2024

Details: This Sauvignon Blanc reflects the classic flavor profile of the grape varietal- Beautifully balanced with bright acidity and maintaining luscious fruit flavors, making this wine very approachable and easily drinkable. A pleasing array of tropical notes, with just a hint of oak, flood the nose at first glance. Traces of lemon blossoms and bright citrus notes come soon after, giving this wine a delectable aroma. On the palate, this wine is lush, rich, and the bright acidity drives right down the mid palate, making it the star of the show. This Sauvignon Blanc is quite refreshing, well-balanced and encourages you ...

Double Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Barbera Morning Sun Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Barbera's naturally high acidity combine with its strong flavors create a bold & flavorful but beautifully balanced wine. The aromas from this wine will immediately convey its richness, with notes of concentrated blackberry preserves and hints of leather and violet. On the palate comes the flavor intensity of dark fruit to match the aromas, tempered by vanilla notes from the oak barrels and beautifully balanced by its acidity.

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Landy Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Upon first sip, the aromas meld beautifully on the palette, creating elegant layers of flavor after flavor. Notes of cranberry, tart cherry, smokiness, and the sweet taste of tobacco come through. Vanilla from the French Oak barrels helps perfectly balance this wine. Soft, bright, yet elegant, the 2017 Landy Cab delivers a lovely long finish that makes this wine perfect for solo sipping or for pairing with a rich steak.

Double Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Pinot Noir Balistreri Family Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Our Winemaker's love affair with crafting wine began in his teenage years on the Balistreri Estate Vineyard, and from there comes this rich and complex Pinot Noir. Dark, ripe fruit aromas with subtle herbal notes lead to a palate where acid takes the driver's seat, perfectly complementing the fruit. Each sip reveals new layers of depth and complexity, making this top-level single vineyard Pinot Noir a true masterpiece. Bearing our Winemaker's name, this wine is an excellent example of his light-touch, earth-to-glass winemaking process. With each sip, the flavors of this Pinot Noir only become richer and more enjoyable.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Phone: 707-237-3489

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Our 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a beautiful and delicate example of why Russian River Valley Pinot Noir makes a wonderful rosé. The beautiful, light salmon color of the wine catches the light in the glass and opens up with aromas of tangerine, pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and a light hint of rose petal. A crisp, refreshing mouthfeel accentuates the fresh fruit flavors of citrus, red berry fruit with a tropical twist that leads to a long, juicy and tangy finish. It is the perfect warm weather wine to sip on all summer long.

Double Gold - San Francisco International Competition

Wine: 2018 Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Our 2018 sparkling wine is a cuvée of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit. Delicate, fine beads rise-up through your glass as the wine is poured. Fragrant aromas of Honeycrisp apple and Asian pear are complimented with hints of hazelnut, light yeast/brioche, mineral, lemon, and wild strawberry. On the palate, fruit is balanced with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature acidity with baked apple, nut, and light strawberry flavors shining through. This sparkler is a perfect pairing with goat cheese, fruit tarts or fresh oysters with salmon caviar.

Trattore Farms Estate Winery

Phone: 707-431-7200

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Estate Mourvèdre

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Date Awarded: March 2024

Details: Mourvèdre has been growing on our estate for over ten years. It ripens patiently -usually our longest-hanging fruit on the vintage. This wine is like no other we produce, with rustic yet stunning aromatics of sweet pipe tobacco, ripe strawberry, and rich coffee. Take in flavors of cinnamon, clove, and silky cocoa, leading to a long, soft finish of cassis and violets. We hope you enjoy this wine as much as we do.

Trione Vineyards & Winery

Phone: 707-814-8100

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: April 2023

Details: A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. Earthy, heady, a dark mid-evil forest floor. Rich, full bodied with a great depth and length of finish. This wine screams Russian River Valley but reminds us of its Burgundian heritage.

Best in Class - Experience Rosé Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: May 2022

Details: The 2021 Trione Rose’ of Pinot Noir is a dappled ray of sunlight on a cool spring morning. Refreshing, with a white peach, honeysuckle, rose petal, and herbal note of wildflower blossoms. This wine pairs well with pan seared wild salmon or as a pool side refresher.

West Wines

Phone: 707-433-2066

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Viognier, Dry Creek Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Our Viognier is crisp, aromatic with a refreshing long aftertaste. Notes of pineapple, citrus and white peach and a big mouthfeel. While it is a dry wine with no residual sugar, the exotic viognier grape flavors make this a very fruity wine which can be enjoyed with seafood but also more spicy dishes.

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Crest Cuvee, Dry Creek Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: West Crest Cuvee is a blend in the Bordeaux tradition pairing our Cabernet Sauvignon (58%) and Merlot (42%). A supple wine, rich in flavors of dark cherry, bay leaves, leather, licorice and well-rounded tannins. We aged this wine in French oak barrels for 26 months before bottling.

Woodenhead Winery

Phone: 707-887-2703

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Pinot Noir, Starbridge Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

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Date Awarded: September 2022

Details: A light to medium bright ruby color. Heavenly honeyed baked spice aromatics, toasty oak, with Manzanita flower, some citrus peel, and a grounded Douglas fir/pine forest floor perfume. Changes slowly to more red berries and perhaps lavender honey, subtle but intoxicating, mysterious, and sophisticated. Boasts forth on the palate with juicy red fruits, cardamom spice, blood orange, and earth. Not heavy, more ethereal. Mid palate entry has a delicate richness. Understated power which pleases the palate and a long silky finish—unlike anything else in our selection of wines. I could go on and on, but you be the ...

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Clone 115, Block E, RRV

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Date Awarded: September 2022

Details: 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 tea, and juiciness. All with a touch of forest floor, which is ...

Bronze - California State Fair

Wine: 2021 French Colombard,

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: 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 ...

Silver - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Sparkl;ing

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Racy and tart, bone dry, with mineral expressions. A pick-me-up for the palate. Great with oysters on the half shell.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 French Colombard,

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Date Awarded: March 2022

Details: 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 ...

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Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Buena Tierra Vineyard, Clone 115, Block E, RRV

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Date Awarded: March 2022

Details: 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 ...

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, 1925/1939 Old Vine, Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Medium dark ruby in color. Aromas of sweet briar predominate, dark fruits with a little creamy toasted oak. Maybe a little rose and Earl Grey tea also. Mouthfilling, almost explosive (in a good way). Dark plums and berries, blueberries and blood orange. Asian spices underlay with interesting herbal characteristics. Not a blockbuster, but restrained in a good way. Substantial yet elegant, finishes long and lip smacking. Drinking well now, but I believe it will age well. Fun stuff, wish I could make it again! Artisan sausages (Caggiano smoked duck for instance), a killer wood fired pepperoni or linguica pizza, or ...

Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Chardonnay, Piper Ranch. Manchester Ridge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: A remote coastal vineyard on Manchester Ridge overlooking the ocean and the town of Manchester in the distance below. The vineyard itself is on a mesa about 7 miles off of pavement in a wild and scenic spot. Clean air, ocean breezes, ridge heat and Ornbaum-Zeni complex loam soils are the characteristics of this terroir. This wine was made for a gal I used to know who loved Chardonnay. It’s character being floral, lively, expressive and rich, reminding me of her. Aromatics of honeysuckle, white flowers, pineapple and citrus. The palate is lemony, with a slice of lime-kumquat rind character, ...

Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Pinot Noir, Conzelman Vineyard, Anderson Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: A new wine for us. Planted by Bruce and Moira Conzelman in 2001, but the block I worked with is from 2014, low hillsides. These vines were initially used for their own label, Harmonique wines. The winemaker was Robert Klindt, owner of Claudia Springs winery. The vineyard is also considered Deep End in Anderson Valley. 66% clone 2A (Wadenswill) 34% Pommard clone #5. Tasting Notes: Dark ruby with a twinge of purple. Full blown spice on the nose! Dark black fruited with a hint of clove, anise and sandalwood. Really quite pleasant and esoteric, kind of the “Summer of Love” aromatics… Well integrated toasty oak ...

Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Planted in 2003 and 2004 by a company called Manchester Ridge LLC, on land leased from the Piper Family, which in the end gave up and was then taken over by the family and managed by Martin Mochizuki. I discovered this wine under the La Follete label and was enamored. Made by some distinguished names over the years including Greg La Follete, Byron Kosuge and Kenneth Juhasz. Isolated on a ridgetop overlooking the Pacific and the town of Manchester on the coast. The vineyard site is approx. 2700’ in elevation on a mesa, about seven miles off pavement. Soil is Ornbaum-Zeni, a mountainous ...