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.

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

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

Wine: 2021 Grenache, Chalone Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: We are excited to announce we received 93 points on our first Grenache! Aromatics of plums, raspberries, and candied strawberries are intense, with nuances of baking spices in the background. The first sip is smooth and delicate, with a soft mid-palate str ucture of fine tannins. Serve this wine with a slight chill to enhance its fruit flavors . Drink now or for the next 4 years.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: “We purchased this fruit from one of my most respected mentors in the wine industry, John Balletto. A thrill to come full circle with him! The fruit is so vibrant! I showcased it with minimal barrel fermentation and malo-lactic influence. My favorite style of Chardonnay!” - winemaker, Brandon Lapides Aromas of lemon bars and spices pears with flavors of tropical fruit and citrus with a smooth, silky finish.

Best in Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stuhlmuller Vineyards

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: "Direct, honest and nice balance." Awarded 98 points, this Cabernet greets the nose with seductive aromas of cranberries, cedar and molasses while cherry, cinnamon, cocoa and dried blueberries expand over the palate, finishing with silky, sandy tannins. Drink now or for the next 20 years.

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.

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

Wine: 2019 Chardonnay, Chalone Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2021

Details: 92 Points! Beautiful waffle cone and apricot notes preview the refreshing palate of peaches and pears with soil derived minerality, giving this Chardonnay a slight dusty and flinty texture. Chalone Vineyard is located on the west-side of Pinnacles National Park, about 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in Monterey County. The vineyard was originally planted in the 1900s our block was planted in 1960.

Carol Shelton Wines

Phone: 707-575-3441

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

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: August 2023

Details: 93 Points, Editor's Choice. Enticing nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

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.

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

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 92 points from Wine Spectator. Their review: "Fragrant and detailed, with pretty orange blossom, peach, and candied ginger flavors that race along a snappy, refreshing finish. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Voignier, and Marsanne."

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."

Best of Show - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2020 Wild Thing Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Dan Berger International Wine Competition. Triple Gold Medal and Best of Show. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness. Smoothly textured in mouth, and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit.

Gold - California State Fair

Wine: 2020 Wild Thing Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 95 Points. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness. Smoothly textured in mouth, and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit.

Best of Show - California State Fair

Wine: 2022 Rendezvous Rose

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: And Double Gold Medal and 99 Points! Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of spring flowers and fresh zest from cara-cara oranges, tangy vanilla crème fraîche on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry, mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ!

Best in Class - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Rendezvous Rose

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: And Double Gold and 94 Points. Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of spring flowers and fresh zest from cara-cara oranges, tangy vanilla crème fraîche on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry, mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ!

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2022 Rendezvous Rose

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 2023 North Coast Wine Challenge. Also got 95 Points. Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, nice lift of spring flowers and fresh zest from cara-cara oranges, tangy vanilla crème fraîche on strawberry shortcake! Refreshingly crisp and dry, mouth-watering actually. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ!

Other - details in description - California State Fair

Wine: 2022 Viognier

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Best Viognier of California, Double Gold Medal, and 99 Points. Beautiful nose of white flowers (jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle) mingled with pretty green tea, grapefruit and orange zest aromas, only a light kiss of creamy vanilla oak toast. Super crisp acidity without being puckery tart, just pinpoint balanced with trace of sweetness and creaminess from oak. Juicy, mouth-watering Honey-crisp apple and citrus, green peach fruit.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2022 Viognier

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 2023 El Dorado County Wine Competition. Also got a Double Gold Medal. Beautiful nose of white flowers (jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle) mingled with pretty green tea, grapefruit and orange zest aromas, only a light kiss of creamy vanilla oak toast. Super crisp acidity without being puckery tart, just pinpoint balanced with trace of sweetness and creaminess from oak. Juicy, mouth-watering Honey-crisp apple and citrus, green peach fruit.

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

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Platinum Medal and 94 Points. Enticing nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

Best in Class - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: And Double Gold Medal, 98 Points. Enticing nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

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.

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

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: 91 points. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

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

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

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 90 points. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Central Coast Wine Competition. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

Gold - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

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Wine: 2020 Coquille Rouge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. 94 points. Red Rhone Style Blend. Nose shows delightful strawberry and black cherry fruit, a bit of savory leather notes and sweet vanilla oak. Lively in mouth but super smooth and creamy

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

Wine: 2020 Coquille Rouge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 West Coast Wine Competition. 93 points and a Gold medal. Red Rhone Style Blend. Nose shows delightful strawberry and black cherry fruit, a bit of savory leather notes and sweet vanilla oak. Lively in mouth but super smooth and creamy

Gold -

Wine: 2020 Coquille Rouge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Red Rhone Style Blend. Nose shows delightful strawberry and black cherry fruit, a bit of savory leather notes and sweet vanilla oak. Lively in mouth but super smooth and creamy

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2020 Coquille Rouge

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 LA Invitational Wine Competition. Red Rhone Style Blend. Nose shows delightful strawberry and black cherry fruit, a bit of savory leather notes and sweet vanilla oak. Lively in mouth but super smooth and creamy

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

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

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 West Coast Wine Competition. 91 points. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

Gold - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

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

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 91 points. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

Gold - San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

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

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 90 points. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Monterey International Wine Competition. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Monga Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, berry patch in the sun! Dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa. Fragrant Moroccan-Asian spices—Chinese 5-spice mélange… Mouthfeel is creamy yet tangy bright cherry, firm-sturdy tannins and a long, lush finish. Super concentrated.

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

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 94 points. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

90 Points or higher (see details below) - Connoisseur's Guide

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 90 points. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

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

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. 95 points. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 North of the Gate Wine Competition. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

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

Wine: 2019 Oakley Zin

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 North of the Gate Wine Competition. 92 points. Beautiful nose of sage, blackberry and milk chocolate, touch of caramel and cedar from the oak, bit of dusty earth. Almost Cabernet-like in its profile, from the kiss of green herbs to nicely structured tannins. Bright acidity while still creamy, and a plush, long finish.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 2022 Central Coast Wine Competition Enticing nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2021 Coquille Blanc

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Date Awarded: January 2021

Details: 2021 Monterey Wine Festival Wine Competition Enticing nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. Multi-dimensional (many layers), a hard-to-describe range of aromatics, intriguing, almost mysterious! In the mouth it is crisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

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.

Silver - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Marcucci Vineyard

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: 2023 Dan Berger International Wine Competition Silver Medal Winner! Crimson with layers of violet. On the nose, a pleasant candied fruit peel with hints of juniper and black cherries. On the palate carried by great structural acidity. Light tannins with red cherries, oak dust, and dried figs. The presence of fruit on the finish keeps lingering.

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.

Bronze - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Marcucci Vineyard

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Date Awarded: May 2023

Details: Crimson with layers of violet. On the nose, a pleasant candied fruit peel with hints of juniper and black cherries. On the palate carried by great structural acidity. Light tannins with red cherries, oak dust, and dried figs. The presence of fruit on the finish keeps lingering.

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.

Dutton Estate Winery

Phone: 707-829-9463

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.

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

Wine: 2019 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: The Manzana Vineyard is primarily planted to Dijon clones and a bit of Pommard, but for this wine, we only use 115 and 828. Manzana roughly 20 acres of eastern-facing sloping vineyard. The original owners of Manzana Products sold the land to Dutton Ranch, who then honored Manzana Products, and the area's history to apples, with the name Manzana Vineyard.

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

Wine: 2021 Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 93 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal "Rose petals, freshly picked strawberries, and candied apples unite for a creamy, sweet tobacco, and mocha earthiness. The textural bliss of this ripe red is enhanced by a juicy core, with plum and baking spices gliding alongside floral notes on the finish." 91 Points - Planet Grape Wine Review "Full, bright, juicy and dry with notes of raspberry, cherry, blackberry, pink rose, sage leaf and cedar."

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

Wine: 2021 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal "This is a lovely Chardonnay that lives up to the producer’s exalted reputation with the grape variety. Respectfully made with subtle oak contributing suggestions of baking spices and toasted nuts, it is deeply flavored, with a persistent finish in which the delicious fruit outruns the wood accents." 92 Points - Gold Medal Exceptional - Beverage Testing Institute "Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple cinnamon buttered waffle, vanilla caramel, candied white flowers, and cream cheese with a round, lively, dry full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of ...

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

Wine: 2021 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: 94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal "This is a lovely Chardonnay that lives up to the producer’s exalted reputation with the grape variety. Respectfully made with subtle oak contributing suggestions of baking spices and toasted nuts, it is deeply flavored, with a persistent finish in which the delicious fruit outruns the wood accents." 92 Points - Gold Medal Exceptional - Beverage Testing Institute "Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple cinnamon buttered waffle, vanilla caramel, candied white flowers, and cream cheese with a round, lively, dry full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of ...

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

Wine: 2019 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: "Vineyards as old as 54 years contribute to this white, which is stainless steel, barrel, and concrete-aged separately. With an arousing nose of pineapple upside down cake, this wine just sings on the palate. Succulent notes of ripe melon, vanilla wafer, and honeysuckle line the mouth. Velvet suppleness is luxury defined. Sweet lemon and brown sugar intensify its complexity."

Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Phone: 7007-827-3600

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

Wine: 2019, Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch- Emerald Ridge Vineyard, Green Valley of the Russian River

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Date Awarded: May 2022

Details: The even 2019 season gave us nicely ripened stems in our Green Valley grapes, so it seemed like a perfect year to amp up the stem inclusion in our Emerald Ridge Pinot—great news for all you whole cluster fans out there! This extra woodsy-ness is apparent in the leading aromas of cedar and redwood, and the savory spice quality that frames the brooding berry core of fruit. In the mouth, juicy bramble berries and blueberries are wrapped in elegant, fine-grained tannins.

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

Wine: 2019, Pinot Noir, Angel Camp Vineyard. Anderson Valley

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Date Awarded: February 2022

Details: The beautiful and mild 2019 growing season let us hang our Angel Camp until near the end of our Pinot Noir picks. In the nose, the hallmark spice box aromas lead the way, with sandalwood and cinnamon stick enrobing the cherry and plum fruit. Earthy notes of beet and rhubarb provide some added complexity. There’s a sense of harmonious balance even in the aromatics, which is carried through in the mouth, which is rich and round. Cherry pie flavors are complemented with strawberry, baking spices, and a touch of black tea.

EHRET

Phone: (707) 537-5000

Double Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Ehret Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: February 2022

Details: 98pts; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; 78% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Double Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Bella's Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: February 2022

Details: 96pts; 96% Cabenet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 1% Merlot; 65% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Best of Show - Sante' International Spirits and Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Ehret Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: October 2021

Details: 98pts; 100% Sauvignon Blanc; 100% Stainless Steel; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

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.

Best in Class -

Wine: 2017 Ehret Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: June 2021

Details: 97pts; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot; 52% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Double Gold - American Fine Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Ehret Merlot

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Date Awarded: May 2021

Details: 93pts; 84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Best in Class - American Fine Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Zinfandel (club only)

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Date Awarded: May 2021

Details: 94pts; 100% Zinfandel; 22% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.

Other - details in description - Berlin International Wine Competition

Wine: Ehret Family Winery - 2021 USA Winery of the Year

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Date Awarded: March 2021

Details: Won 2021 USA Winery of the Year; 2017 Ehret Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received Double Gold award.

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.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: There are two techniques for growing Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. One consists of traditional farming practices and includes the dry farming of mature wines that are head-trained, spur-pruned, and severely thinned in the spring to produce low yields. The other method utilizes bilateral cordon spur pruning, on-wire trellising, drop irrigation, and carefully manicured canopies. We source our Zinfandel from vineyards that are farmed both ways. The combination produces an illustrious, multi-dimensional wine, showcasing all that Zinfandel has to offer. Monterey International.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: There are two techniques for growing Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. One consists of traditional farming practices and includes the dry farming of mature wines that are head-trained, spur-pruned, and severely thinned in the spring to produce low yields. The other method utilizes bilateral cordon spur pruning, on-wire trellising, drop irrigation, and carefully manicured canopies. We source our Zinfandel from vineyards that are farmed both ways. The combination produces an illustrious, multi-dimensional wine, showcasing all that Zinfandel has to offer. Monterey International.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: There are two techniques for growing Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley. One consists of traditional farming practices and includes the dry farming of mature wines that are head-trained, spur-pruned, and severely thinned in the spring to produce low yields. The other method utilizes bilateral cordon spur pruning, on-wire trellising, drop irrigation, and carefully manicured canopies. We source our Zinfandel from vineyards that are farmed both ways. The combination produces an illustrious, multi-dimensional wine, showcasing all that Zinfandel has to offer.

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Diamond Collection Appellation Series Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: This inaugural vintage of the Diamond Collection Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc brings us to the start of Spring – dew on the grass and fresh apricot blossoms blooming on the trees. This wine is open, fresh, and crisp, reminding us of the beautiful weather to come. Entering with a mouth-filling lemon zest and key lime, the bright acidity is complemented by fresh ginger and stone fruit.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 98 points. Aromas of cocoa, toffee, and raisins. Rich, smooth tannins, and flavors of mocha, cassis, and clove tantalize the palate with hints of tobacco.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Zinfandel

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 97 points. Scents of baking spices and jammy fruit. Flavors of strawberry, clove, cherry, and caramel.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Scents of blackberry, wood char, and spices. Flavors of mocha and blackberry.

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2020 Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 92 points. Scents of mango and apple pie with flavors of tropical fruits and citrus on the palate.

Other - details in description - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2021 Diamond Collection Appellation Series Sauvignon Blanc

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Best of Class and Double Gold. 98 points. Flavors of lemon zest, key lime, fresh ginger. Scents of apricot blossom and fresh cut grass.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Director's Cut Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Enjoy scents of cherry, currant, and baking spices. Flavors of cherry and plum.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Cinema

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: This blend is well balanced and does not overwhelm the senses. You can enjoy the scents of baking spices and cocoa. Flavors of black cherry, plum, and vanilla.

Best in Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Sofia Rose

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Scents and flavors of fresh cherry, minerals, apricot, and white flowers.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Diamond Collection Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: 92 points. Delightful notes of black fruits, coffee, almond, and vanilla on the nose. Concentrated ripe stone fruits meet a hint of toasted oak on the palate.

J. Rickards Winery

Phone: 707-758-3441

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2020 Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyard, Alexander Valley - Gold 94 pts.

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Date Awarded: April 2024

Details: Traditional-styled Zinfandel from the gnarly head-pruned blocks on our estate property. A fruit-driven wine with substantial structure underneath, it's a welcome addition to a rustic meal. Our Brignole Vineyard was originally planted in 1908 by their family, who were members of the Asti Italian-Swiss Colony cooperative. The grapes are an old style field-blend of 80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 4% Mataro and a 1% smattering of Alicante Boushet, Muscat Canelli and Golden Chasselas. In those days, growers didn't sell the uncrushed grapes because they are perishable. They sold wine in barrels, blended for the specific taste of the customer. All old vine vineyards are ...

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 - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, A.V. Select

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: The Alexander Valley has long been one of the premiere regions for growing Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. Warm days and cool nights during the ripening season are coupled with sandy, well-drained soils to deliver top-quality Cabernet grapes. Jim Rickards has farmed grapes in the Alexander Valley since 1976 and this deliciously complex wine perfectly reflects four decades of his efforts and expertise. Intense aromas of summer blackberry and vanilla spice lead to lush flavors of ripe plum and berry pie filling. A delicious and versatile choice for any occasion!

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Bettino’s Blend, Super Tuscan Style Red Wine

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: In the 1870's, Bettino Ricasoli proposed improving the traditional wine blends in Tuscany by focusing on Sangiovese blended with other less-traditional reds. This style eventually became known as "Super Tuscan". Bettino's Blend is our tribute to this substantial wine and contains 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot. The finished wine features a core of dark plum and dried cherries with a long, rich finish of mocha and spice.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clones - Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, this delicate Pinot blooms with aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, cola, tobacco, and caramel. Upon first sip, the silky texture carries notes of dried cranberry, subtle cherry, black tea, and toffee.

Best in Class - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Barbera, North Coast - Double Gold, Best of Class

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Date Awarded: January 2024

Details: The 2021 vintage of this complex, yet soft-textured varietal features a bouquet of bright cherry and herbal spice, followed by flavors of dark plum and black licorice. This Barbera delivers crisp acidity, soft tannins and a lusciously juicy texture that makes it a deliciously versatile medium-bodied wine.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyard

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: Our old vines were planted by the Brignole Family in 1908. This vineyard is a walk through the history of wine grape growing in the Alexander Valley. It is the classic field blend of 80% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 4% Mataro, with 1% of Alicante Bouchet, Muscat de Canelli, and Golden Chasselas.

Best in Class - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2021 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clones - Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: This wine is a blend from two different Pommard clones of Pinot Noir planted in two separate vineyards within the Russian River Valley, near the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The cool Russian River AVA lends itself to a long slow ripening period with extended hang times, producing ripe, complex flavors and textures. This vintage produced notably high acidity and ripe tannins bringing special intensity to the wine. Aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels, this delicate Pinot blooms with aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, cola, tobacco, and caramel. Upon first sip, the silky texture carries notes of dried cranberry, ...

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Five Sisters Blend

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: Grapes for our Five Sisters Blend Cabernet Sauvignon were cool-fermented in temperature-controlled, open-topped tanks and gently punched down by hand. This time-consuming, low-impact processing optimizes fruit extraction and limits harsh tannins. The wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. All of the components of this wine were fermented and barrel-aged separately for 20 months in French oak barrels, then combined to create our Five Sisters Blend. Our Five Sisters Cabernet is a cellar-worthy, yet approachable take on the classic Bordeaux blend. Lush aromatics of plum and cassis are immediately evident and lead into rich, ...

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2020 Kindred, Red Wine Blend - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: October 2023

Details: The Italian immigrants who planted the old vine field-blend vineyards of Alexander Valley in the late 1800's selected kindred varietals as the base components. We pay homage to them with our old vines blend of 60% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, and 20% Petite Sirah. Prominent flavors of ripe berry and dark plum lead into a robust finish of sweet oak and earthy spice.

Best in Class - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Serpentine Ridge - Alexander Valley Estate - Best of Class, Double Gold, 97 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: These tenacious vines cling to a steep hillside, high on the ridge of our Estate property, overlooking the Alexander Valley. The rugged soil is abundant with Serpentine rock that forces the vines to work hard to produce the intense small berries that become our Reserve Cabernet. This single block features the renowned Clone 15 of Cabernet and we are proud to release our Reserve as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This allows us to focus on the unique terroir that provides us with complex fruit vintage after vintage. Gorgeous black cherry, plum, currant, and cassis flavors dominante on the palate, leading to a long ...

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Syrah, Furlong Vineyard - Alexander Valley - Gold, 91 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: This is a dark, brooding Syrah. It is fragrant with heady notes of violet, star anise, and sweet tobacco, leading to ripe flavors of black cherry, juicy blackberry, boysenberry, and a touch of cassis on the palate. The 4% of co-fermented Viognier softens the texture and accentuates the fruits and florals. After aging in French oak for 20 months, the finishing tannins are satiny soft.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2022 Rosé of Grenache, Ava Rae - Alexander Valley Estate - Gold, 92 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: Named after our winemaker's young daughter, this delightfully dry Rosé of Grenache salutes future generations of vintners with notes of strawberry, watermelon, and hibiscus. An elegantly round mouthfeel leads to a lingering finish of light floral notes and tart rhubarb. This crisp wine is a welcome addition to picnics, leisurely afternoon meals, and general warm-weather relaxation.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Malbec, Zanzi Curve Vines - Alexander Valley Estate - Gold, 93 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: Malbec is one of the five "sisters" of the Bordeaux region of France. Somewhat a step-sister, it is typically blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to both soften and enhance the bouquet of the finished wine. Bottled alone, the bouquet is intensified and complemented by velvety texture and soft tannins.. We find our Malbec to be a complex. elegant wine that is a versatile accompaniment to a wide variety of savory fare.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Grenache, One Lone Row - Alexander Valley Estate - Gold, 93 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: Our estate Grenache originally came from a single row of vines in Jim Rickards' "experimental block", planted above the current location of our wine cave. The experiment worked and the fruit clusters at harvest showcased an ideal balance of ripeness and acidity. We began producing a single varietal Grenache offering that has become one of our most requested small-batch wines. Noes of black licorice and lavender on the nose transition into flavors of black cherry and rich raspberry jam. An extended finish of jasmine tea and earth spice provides the perfect conclusion for this complex swine.;

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Petite Sirah, Brown Barn Vineyard - Alexander Valley Estate - Gold, 94 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: This vineyard is located on the east-facing hillside next to the brown barn at the winery. It is a selectin of Petite. Sirah clones collected by Jim from old Sonoma County vineyards over the last 42 years. Gentle grape processing creates a classic Petite Sirah without over extraction. The wine has a wonderful nose of wild blueberries and in the mouth it exploders with juicy blueberries and blackberries yet it has that great Petite Sirah backbone of black pepper and structure to last. It is perfectly paired with roasted vegetables, braised meats and rich sauces.

Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyard - Alexander Valley Estate - Double Gold, 95 points

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Date Awarded: June 2023

Details: Alexander Valley is known for its rich, spicy zinfandel. 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 that is complex with deep blackberry cobbler and gingerbread spice flavors - a true reflection of Alexander Valley Terroir! this very limited production , barrel-selected reserve Zinfandel is quite approachable now and will continue to develop a huge, juicy finish over the next two to four years. 150 cases produced.

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!

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Croft Vineyard - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

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.

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Zinfandel, La Cosecha - Northern Sonoma

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Grapes from two renowned regions have been combined to deliver a lively wine that showcases Zinfandel at its finest. Our own Alexander Valley (50%) brings bright, balanced fruit and a soft-textured mouthfeel, while the warmer Dry Creek Valley (50%) round it out with ripe, jammy notes. "La Cosecha" means "the harvest" and we can think of no better wine than this to celebrate the labor and reward that comes during one of the busiest times in Sonoma County. Cheers!

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, A. V. Select - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Warm days and cool nights during the ripening season are coupled with sandy, well-drained soils to deliver top-quality Alexander Valley Cabernet grapes. Intense aromas of summer blackberry and vanilla spice lead to lush flavors of ripe plum and berry pie filling.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Pinot Noir, Desforges Vineyard - Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels, our new Pinot Noir blooms with aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, cola, tobacco, and caramel. Upon first sip, the silky texture carries notes of dried cranberry, subtle cherry, black tea, and toffee. The gentle flavor profile and soft, round finish make this wine an excellent pairing with duck breast, wild mushroom pasta and aged gruyere cheese. The grapes were sourced from the Desforges Vineyard in Russian River Valley.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Left Bank Cuvée, Red Wine Blend - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: A lush, fruit-driven blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot create this versatile medium-bodied wine. "The Left Bank" refers to the western location beside the Russian River in the northern end of the Alexander Valley.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Croft Vineyard - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

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. Double Gold Medal - 96 ...

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2020 Left Bank Cuvée, Red Wine Blend - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: A nod to France's own Left Bank region of Bordeaux, our classic Cabernet and Malbec-driven wine makes a versatile, full-bodied pairing with a wide variety of foods. Gentle heat during the growing season yields ripe, lush fruit from our Alexander Valley vineyard. Double Gold Medal - 96 pts - 2023 North Coast Wine Competition!

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Five Sisters Blend - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: October 2022

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 - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Left Bank Cuvée, Bordeaux Blend - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: A lush, fruit-driven blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot create this versatile medium-bodied wine. "The Left Bank" refers to the western location beside the Russian River in the northernend of the Alexander Valley.

Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Brignole Vineyard - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: From vines planted by Rosa Brignole in 1908, an Old World field blend of  80% Zinfandel,10% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, 4% Mataro, and a 1% smattering of several other varietals. Gorgeous complex fruit with deep blackberry cobbler and gingerbread spice flavors.

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2019 Reserve Petite Sirah, Rickards’ Wild - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: October 2022

Details: Fermented with wild yeast native to our property. Aromas of blueberry pie filling and firm, well-structured tannins with an extended finish of molasses and sweet spice.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Grenache, One Lone Row - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: Notes of black licorice and lavender on the nose transition into flavors of black cherry and rich raspberry jam. An extended finish of jasmine tea and earthy spice provides the perfect conclusion for this complex wine.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Pauli & Croft - North Coast

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Date Awarded: June 2022

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.

Best in Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon A.V. Select - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 97 Points - Our A.V. Select Cabernet Sauvignon is an approachable take on the classic Bordeaux varietal. Intense aromas of summer blackberry and vanilla spice lead to lush flavors of ripe plum and berry pie filling. Layers of dense tannin and subtle sweet oak culminate in a velvety finish. This wine is a delicious and versatile choice for any occasion!

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Ancestor Selections - Alexander Valley Estate

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 98 Points - Fruit from our own 1908 vineyard has been combined with clones grafted from other historical vineyards in the area to create a traditional Zinfandel blend. Aromas of boysenberry and white pepper spice lead to round flavors of ripe raspberry and candied black cherry.

Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Kindred, Red Wine Blend - Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: The Italian immigrants who planted the old vine field-blend vineyards of Alexander Valley in the late 1800's selected kindred varietals as the base components. We pay homage to them with our old vines blend of 65% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, and 15% Petite Sirah. Prominent flavors of ripe berry and dark plum lead into a robust finish of sweet oak and earthy spice.

Jeff Cohn Cellars

Phone: (707) 938-8343

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

Wine: 2018 Domaine des Chirats Syrah

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Date Awarded: January 2021

Details: 94 - The 2018 is black as night to the rim of the glass and back. Aromatics of blackberry/black cherry pie filling ooze from the glass, followed by fresh pencil shavings, brioche and savory notes of wild Herbes de Provence, and a hint of cedar. Full-bodied, but not heavy on the palate, the Rockpile minerality carries this wine from the incredibly rich and giving front palate to the exotic mid-palate that showcases black fruits, black licorice, and touch of charcuterie. So rich, so intense, so elegant, and in the end, so magical.

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

Silver - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2018 Sonoma County Master’s Reserve Blanc de Noirs

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: The 2018 Blanc de Noirs, Master's Reserve was made from a blend of five different grape varieties: The red varieties; fruity Pinot Noir, light and delicate Gamay, brisk acidic Sangiovese and faintly spicy Zinfandel, and the white variety, aromatic and acidic Chardonnay. An elegant and sophisticated dry style with crisp red fruit and spicy notes, our winery exclusive Blanc de Noirs, Master’s Reserve is a fan favorite of our Wine Club members.

Leo Steen Wines @ The Drink

Phone: 707-974-6822

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2019 Miktos Red Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge A deep purple and ruby Bordeaux Blend that matches its visual aesthetic on the nose, with fruit forward notes of lush mixed black and red berries and candied violets. On the palate, this full- bodied red, marries structured tannins with notes of blackberry brambles, graphite, and touches of walnut and dark chocolate.

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: 2022 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This Rosé of Pinot Noir has a beautiful light pink color, showing delicacy that complements its subtle, yet crisp and refreshing nature. A bouquet of red apple, quince, orange blossom, grapefruit and strawberry are found on the nose and the high acidity lifts this Rosé up and gives the flavor even more energy. Enjoy this wine in its youth, chilled, paired with food or simply drank all its own.

Gold - Denver International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

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

Wine: 2020 Diana's Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Critics Challenge International Wine Competition Russian River terroir is represented on both the nose and palate of this medium bodied Pinot Noir. Natural elements of forest floor, sage, wet stone, rose petal, and mixed spices are showcased in both top and mid notes. These notes are balanced by hints of dark cherry juice on the finish.

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

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Critics Challenge International Wine Competition This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Double Gold - New York International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

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 - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: North of the Gate Wine Competition This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2019 Miktos Red Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: A deep purple and ruby Bordeaux Blend that matches its visual aesthetic on the nose, with fruit forward notes of lush mixed black and red berries and candied violets. On the palate, this full- bodied red, marries structured tannins with notes of blackberry brambles, graphite, and touches of walnut and dark chocolate.

Double Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Gold - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2020 Diana's Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Russian River terroir is represented on both the nose and palate of this medium bodied Pinot Noir. Natural elements of forest floor, sage, wet stone, rose petal, and mixed spices are showcased in both top and mid notes. These notes are balanced by hints of dark cherry juice on the finish.

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.

Best in Class - Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Wine: 2019 Miktos Red Blend

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: A deep purple and ruby Bordeaux Blend that matches its visual aesthetic on the nose, with fruit forward notes of lush mixed black and red berries and candied violets. On the palate, this full- bodied red, marries structured tannins with notes of blackberry brambles, graphite, and touches of walnut and dark chocolate.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

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.

Double Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: LA Invitational Wine & Spirits Challenge This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Texas International Wine Competition This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Texas International Wine Competition This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

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.

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Dan Berger's International Wine Competition Best in Class & Gold This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

Best in Class - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: Dan Berger's International Wine Competition Best in Class & Triple Gold This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

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 - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Boston Wine Competition This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvginon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

Gold - OTHER - details in description

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: Boston Wine Competition This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Double Gold - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Merlot

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: This elegantly bold medium-bodied red wine has a velvety quality that translates in both nose and palate. Fruit forward notes of cherry and plum are complemented by undertones of violets, roses and sandalwood on the nose. On the palate, top notes of boysenberry are met with structured tannins of tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with layered notes of dried rosemary and thyme.

Double Gold - New York International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvginon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

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 - Denver International Wine Competition

Wine: 2018 Windacre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: This full bodied Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvginon offers aromas of black cherry, smoked cedar and star of anise. On the palate, defined tannins envelop the senses with notes of currant, graphite and dried herbs, with a lingering dry finish.

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.

Orsi Family Vineyards

Phone: 707-732-4660

Best in Class - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2018 Schioppettino

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: Deep ruby color coupled with aromas of ripe cherries and black pepper, followed by black currant and raspberries on the palate. Judges comments: Great balance, super tasty, spicy, delicate and enjoyable.

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.

Peterson Winery

Phone: 707-431-7568

Best in Region - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2018 Merlot, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

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Date Awarded: November 2022

Details: From very specific sites, Merlot can stand on it's own with the most noble and age worthy of the varietals. We have chosen to bottle a small amount of the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Merlot as a stand alone. Rich and full, with classic ripe fruit and balanced structure, this wine showcases the best side of Merlot. Enjoy now or cellar for 6-8 years.

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.

Gold - Harvest Challenge

Wine: 2017 GSM, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

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Date Awarded: November 2022

Details: Modeled after blends from the Southern regions of France but born of fruit hailing from the red, well drained soils of the Bradford Mountain Vineyard. We build from the core of plush, forward fruit Grenache (50%), added spice and depth with Syrah (33%), and refined complexity and tannin from Mourvedre (17%). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Russian River Vineyards

Phone: 707-887-3344

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: 2021 Chardonnay chester. Monterey

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Date Awarded: January 2023

Details: San Francisco Chronicle Double Gold Winner Sit. Stay. Chardonnay. Run. Play. Chardonnay. We have the perfect white to hang with at the campfire or take with you on the ski run. chester. Chard is strong-willed, loyal, affectionate, and loving - Just like we define our best friends. Get up, get out, and step into the great outdoors. Or just stay home and chill. Take your best friends every step of the way. Take the 2021 chester. Chardonnay.

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.

Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 40th Anniversary Chardonnay

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Date Awarded: January 2022

Details: On a beautiful, sunny afternoon in middle of June 2020, with everyone isolated in their homes, our winemaking team past and present of Bill Bonetti (1981-1990), Terry Adams (1991-2010), Mick Schroeter (2010-Present) and Cara Morrison (2005-Present) virtually blended this very remarkable wine to mark this significant moment in our history.

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.

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

Wine: 2016 Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast, Flatridge Ranch Vineyard

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Date Awarded: July 2022

Details: Wine & Spirits Web Site 90 points | Trione 2016 Sonoma County Flatridge Ranch Zinfandel At six years of age, this wine is maturing nicely, its tannins relaxed, its zesty, youthful floral notes beginning to surrender into quiet and comfortable fruit. That fruit is chocolaty and rich, with coolness in its length of flavor. Pour it with roast boar. —J.G. (1,108 cases)

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2016 Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast, Flatridge Ranch Vineyard

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: Deep alluring aromas of sage and black pepper mixed with hints of crushed blackberry, wild berry, and huckleberries make up the bouquet. The 2016 Flatridge Zinfandel is bold, beautiful, and rich with fruit flavors while also showing great depth in structure, tannin, and length of finish. There are hints of earthiness and leafy vinous notes that mix together in a cacophony of elements that will have you pouring another glass.

Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine: 2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: The 2016 Syrah is rich and inviting on the nose and palate. A charcuterie of sweet, smoked meats comes to mind. The seductive aromas of peaty, wet earth with hints of plum, blueberry and wild blackberry preserves are ever present. This wine is rich and decadent with the body, balance and structure to age beautifully for the next 5-7 years. Enjoy this Syrah with almost any cuisine.

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.

Silver - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Wine: 2017 Henry's Blend, Alexander Valley

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Date Awarded: March 2022

Details: Pretty floral notes and intense pomerol-like aromas are the first impressions. The 2017 Trione Henry’s blend is definitely more right bank in character. This Bordeaux-style blend is rich and inviting. Its soft and velvety mouthfeel with firm tannin and acidity will ensure a long cellar life.

Wilson Winery

Phone: 707-433-4355

2 Puffs - Connoisseur's Guide

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Tori Reserve

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Date Awarded: July 2022

Details: 2 Puffs & 91 Points | Obvious ripeness is no vice when it is met by as much intense, impressively concentrated fruit as is on display here, and, even if this big-bodied offering shows a bit of back-end heat, its alcohol is well-buffered by loads of juicy, oak-sweetened blackberries that are its abiding theme. Delicate it is not, and it is definitely a wine that needs tagging as one to pair with appropriately full-flavored foods, but it exhibits fine fruity depth and richness to spare, and it is the kind of Zinfandel that is sure to delight fans of expressive, mouthfilling versions that leave ...

1 Puff - Connoisseur's Guide

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Sydney

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Date Awarded: July 2022

Details: 1 Puff & 90 Points | Optimally ripened blackberry fruit is a constant in this juicy, well-focused Zin, and it is joined by a judicious dollop of sweet and slightly creamy oak. A rich and complete, nicely crafted offering with unwavering varietal authority, it is fairly full in body, but it is also quite carefully balanced with good energy and palatal length. Though it is open and tasty now, it is certain to age effortlessly for another four or five years and is, withal, a very well-made Zinfandel that reflects the virtues to be had from a very good vintage.

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

Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, Treborce

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: 95 Points & Double Gold | Cola, Oak, Big structure

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 ...

Gold - Orange County Fair Wine Competition

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

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Date Awarded: June 2022

Details: The Vineyard: The grapes from this vineyard came to me via an old friend, Darryl Miller, who is a wine marketer and worked for the former White Oak Winery property in Alexander Valley. As the winery went up for sale, the grapes had no buyer. Enter Woodenhead…I did due diligence on trying to locate the original planting ownership to no avail. It was beyond my scope even after doing extensive research. This is no doubt a field blend of mixed black varietals with Zinfandel predominating. 94 years and 80 years old respectively. A one off, as new owners have moved in… ...

Gold - Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone, Russian River Valley

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Date Awarded: April 2022

Details: The Vineyard: This block is planted to 9 double rows of both Martini #58 and Pommard #5 clones. A total of 910 vines planted in 1972. 45 years old this vintage. One of the oldest plantings of Pinot Noir in the State of california. The soil profile is two feet of Goldridge loam on top of volcanic cinder cone material. Unique! Tasting Notes: Beautiful medium dark ruby in color. Deep, rich, complex perfume of spice and incense, smoke and licorice, peppermint and forest floor. Intriging to say the least. The palate is robust, black fruited, bramble berry, dark plum with a hint of tangerine rind followed ...

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 ...

Other - details in description - OTHER - details in description

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 ...