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.

Due Ruscelli Vineyards, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Double Gold
Wine: 2017 Tramonto Primitivo
Purchase: https://www.dueruscelli.com/2017-tramonto
Phone: 707-473-8089
Date Awarded: 2021
95 Points
Woodenhead Winery, Orange County Fair Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 Zinfandel, 1925/1939 Old Vine, Alexander Valley
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2019-zinfandel-1925-1939-old-vine-alexander-valley/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 6-10-22
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… ...
Woodenhead Winery, California State Fair, Bronze
Wine: 2021 French Colombard, "Halfshell White" Wes Cameron Ranch, RRV
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2021-french-colombard-halfshell-white/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 6-15-22
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 ...
Trione Vineyards & Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2016 Syrah, Russian River Valley
Purchase: https://cellar.trionewinery.com/Wines/Current-Releases
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 6/1/2022
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.
Trione Vineyards & Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2016 Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast, Flatridge Ranch Vineyard
Purchase: https://cellar.trionewinery.com/product/2016-Flatridge-Zinfandel
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 6/1/2022
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.
Char Vale Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2018 Pinot Noir Vintner's Choice, Estate, Green Valley of the Russian River
Purchase: https://www.charvalewinery.com/shop
Phone: 1 (707) 827-6102
Date Awarded: June 14, 2022
98 Points, Double Gold Medal. Described as delicious, butter cream, hints of violet, raspberry
Char Vale Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019, Pinot Noir Vineyard Select, Estate, Green Valley of the Russian River
Purchase: https://www.charvalewinery.com/shop
Phone: 1 (707) 827-6102 (call to purchase)
Date Awarded: June 14, 2022
Described as cherry jam
Char Vale Winery, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir, Estate, Green Valley of the Russian River
Purchase: https://www.charvalewinery.com/shop
Phone: 1 (707) 827-6102 (call to purchase)
Date Awarded: June 14, 2022
Described as bright, vibrant, lively fruit flavors, berries, hint of nuts, plum, spritzy
Orsi Family Vineyards, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Best in Class
Wine: 2018 Schioppettino
Purchase: https://orsifamilyvineyards.com/store/browse.aspx
Phone: 707-791-2770
Date Awarded: April 5, 2022
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.
Trione Vineyards & Winery, Experience Rosé Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Purchase: https://trionewinery.com/wine/rose/
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 5/10/2022
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.
Portalupi Wine, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2019 L. Venturi Vineyard Petite Sirah
Purchase: https://portalupiwine.com/wine/2019-petite-sirah/
Phone: 707-395-0960
Date Awarded: January 2022
Delve deep into this wine’s brooding purple color. It offers up a rich aroma and flavor of blackberry jam, cocoa pastry, with an ample mouth-filling roundness. Your palate is enriched with full bodied flavors. Substantial tannins are silky and smooth with a velvety texture that fills your glass leaving you breathless.
Portalupi Wine, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2019 L. Venturi Vineyard Charbono
Purchase: https://portalupiwine.com/wine/2019-charbono/
Phone: 707-395-0960
Date Awarded: January 2022
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, rhubarb, and dried red rose petals all come into play in the aromatics. With firm acidity yet ample viscosity, and lush, layered fruit, the wine begs for wood flame grilled rib eye steak!
Portalupi Wine, Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points), 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2019 Pauli Ranch Barbera
Purchase: https://portalupiwine.com/wine/2019-barbera-pauli-ranch/
Phone: 707-395-0960
Date Awarded: December 2021
Sleek, elegant with formidable acidity, supporting a cast of dark plum, black fig and cumin. A hint of carbonara, and white pepper round out this wine in it’s endless quest to support rich Northern Italian cuisine.
Portalupi Wine, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Best of Show
Wine: 2021 Vermentino
Purchase: https://portalupiwine.com/wine/2021-vermentino/
Phone: (707)395-0960
Date Awarded: 4/5/2022
Satisfying white rose petal and Crème Fraîche aromas. Crisp on the palate with hints of pear, white peach and grapefruit. Refreshing clean lines.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 Diamond Collection Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: January 2022
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.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Other - details in description
Wine: 2021 Diamond Collection Appellation Series Sauvignon Blanc
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: April 2022
Best of Class and Double Gold. 98 points. Flavors of lemon zest, key lime, fresh ginger. Scents of apricot blossom and fresh cut grass.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2020 Sofia Rose
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: January 2022
Scents and flavors of fresh cherry, minerals, apricot, and white flowers.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Cinema
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: January 2022
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.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 Director's Cut Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: January 2022
Enjoy scents of cherry, currant, and baking spices. Flavors of cherry and plum.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Gold
Wine: 2020 Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: April 2022
92 points. Scents of mango and apple pie with flavors of tropical fruits and citrus on the palate.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: April 2022
Scents of blackberry, wood char, and spices. Flavors of mocha and blackberry.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Director's Cut Zinfandel
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: April 2022
97 points. Scents of baking spices and jammy fruit. Flavors of strawberry, clove, cherry, and caramel.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2019 Francis Coppola Reserve San Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: January 2022
Aromas include notes of butterscotch and honeysuckle, leading to flavors of pear.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Other - details in description
Wine: 2018 Francis Ford Coppola Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 7078571471
Date Awarded: February 2022
96 points. Best of Class and Gold Medal. Aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Fruit takes center stage on the palate with flavors of blueberry jam, plum, and other dark fruits.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.thefamilycoppola.com/en/store
Phone: 707-857-1471
Date Awarded: April 2022
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.