Wine Awards

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

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

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

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

Woodenhead Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Gold
Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Ritchie Vineyard, Cinder Cone, Russian River Valley
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wines/current-releases/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 4/11/22
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 ...
Woodenhead Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Silver
Wine: 2019 Sparkl;ing "Naturale" Methode Champenoise, Russian River Valley
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2019-sparkling-naturale-methode-champenoise/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 4/11/22
Racy and tart, bone dry, with mineral expressions. A pick-me-up for the palate. Great with oysters on the half shell.
Pech Merle Winery, Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Double Gold
Wine: 2021 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Purchase: https://pechmerlewinery.com/product?productid=092A31BD-12CD-4218-A067-29E580AA22BC
Phone: 7078913015
Date Awarded: April 2022
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...
Manzanita Creek, Wine Enthusiasts Magazine (points), 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: Manzanita Creek 2020 Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://manzanitacreek.com/product/2018-red-hills-cabernet-sauvignon
Phone: (707) 433-4052
Date Awarded: March 2022
91 Points: Manzanita Creek 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills). This low-profile winery produced a really nice Cab at a good price. Full in body and flavor, it is nicely layered, ripe and rich, wrapping generous helpings of blackberries, dark cherries and milk chocolate in soft tannins for a plush mouthfeel. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/rose-of-pinot-noir/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
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.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco International Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Grand Cuvee Sparkling Wine
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/grand-cuvee/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
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.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 40th Anniversary Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/40th-anniversary-winemakers-release/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
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.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Les Pierres Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/les-pierres-vineyard/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
Les Pierres is a beautiful, pale straw color with a slightly green hue. This particular vintage is richly aromatic with bright citrus of lemon curd and Meyer lemon highlighted by peach, baking spice with just a hint of cedar and Les Pierres’ classic chalk and slate minerality. Sunny citrus flavors, melon and lime are well integrated with the oak and complemented with flavors of roasted nuts, spice, and mineral notes. The wine has a beautifully balanced mouthfeel with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature citrus-laced acidity and a long, juicy barrel spice finish that lingers on the palate.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Founders Reserve Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/founders-reserve-3/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
Each year our winemakers choose their favorite barrels from that harvest to craft our Founders Reserve wines. Sonoma-Cutrer Pinots are known for being profoundly complex and this wine showcases the “best of the best” of our estate-grown fruit from our Owsley and Vine Hill Ranch vineyards. This is an intense vintage with a beautiful deep garnet hue when poured into the glass.
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2018 Vine Hill Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.sonomacutrer.com/wine/vine-hill-2/
Phone: 707-237-3489
Date Awarded: January 2022
The first thing you notice about our Vine Hill Pinot Noir is its beautiful, reddish-purple color. This vintage offers aromas of sweet red cherries, dark chocolate and baking spices mingled with hints of cedar wood, sweet vanilla and aromatic juniper spice. This is a medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that is well-structured with firm, polished tannins. The flavors in this wine offer an expanse of savory tension and complexity that round out to lively fresh acidity with a juicy lingering finish. While this wine is drinking beautifully now, it will continue to benefit from another 2-4 years of bottle age.
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Gold
Wine: 2019 Nunes Vineyard, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-nunes-vineyard-pinot-noir-russian-river-valley--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: March 21, 2022
2022 Los Angeles Invitational - Wine & Spirits Challenge 2019 Nunes Vineyard, Pinot Noir Gold Medal 93 Points
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Gold
Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-russian-river-valley-pinot-noir--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: March 21, 2022
2022 Los Angeles Invitational - Wine & Spirits Challenge 2019 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir Gold Medal 91 Points
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Double Gold
Wine: 2019 Nunes Vineyard, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-nunes-vineyard-pinot-noir-russian-river-valley--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: January 31, 2022
AFWC's 2nd Annual All Americas Competition 2019 Nunes Vineyards, Pinot Noir Double Gold Medal 93 Points
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Double Gold
Wine: 2019 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-russian-river-valley-pinot-noir--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: January 31, 2022
AFWC's 2nd Annual All Americas Competition 2019 Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir Double Gold Medal 94 Points
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Best in Class
Wine: 2019 Pommard Clones, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-pommard-clones-pinot-noir-russian-river-valley--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: January 31, 2022
AFWC's 2nd Annual All Americas Competition 2019 Pommard Clones, Pinot Noir Best Of Class Double Gold Medal 96 Points
Papapietro Perry Winery, OTHER - details in description, Best in Class
Wine: 2019 Pommard Clones, Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://papapietro-perry.com/product/2019-pommard-clones-pinot-noir-russian-river-valley--750-ml
Phone: 707.433.0422
Date Awarded: March 21, 2022
2022 Los Angeles Invitational - Wine & Spirits Challenge 2019 Pommard Clones, Pinot Noir Awarded: Best of Class Double Gold Medal 99 Points
Dutton Estate Winery, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Thomas Road Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.duttonestate.com/product/2018-Thomas-Road-Pinot-Noir
Phone: 7078299463
Date Awarded: -
95 Points - The Tasting Panel & Somm Journal 91 Points - California Grapevine 93 Points - Prince of Pinot
Dutton Estate Winery, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.duttonestate.com/product/2018-Manzana-Vineyard-Pinot-Noir
Phone: 7078299463
Date Awarded: -
91 Points - California Grapevine 95 Points - Prince of Pinot
Dutton Estate Winery, Wine Spectator Top 100, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2019 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.duttonestate.com/product/2019-Kyndall-s-Reserve-Chardonnay-
Phone: 7078299463
Date Awarded: -
"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 Estate Winery, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2020 Kylie's Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc
Purchase: https://www.duttonestate.com/Shop/White-Wine
Phone: 7078299463
Date Awarded: -
92 Points - The Tasting Panel Magazine ♦ "Planted to the Musqué clone and grown in two sites from the vast selection of Dutton Estate’s 80 separate vineyards, aromas and flavors of wildflowers and oregano are stunning openers to an alert, tropical paradise. Pineapple, gardenia, tangerine, and a hint of caramel merge for a crisp, yet deluxe, flavor profile. The wine aged for four months in 75% stainless steel and 25% in new and neutral French oak."
Dutton Estate Winery, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2019 Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.duttonestate.com/Shop/Red-Wine
Phone: 7078299463
Date Awarded: -
94 Points - The Tasting Panel & The Somm Journal ♦ "Cherries, chocolate, clove, and rose petals dipped in cinnamon are just some of the heavenly flavors coming forth from this exquisite red. As the wine opens up, notes of mulberry and deep plum surface. There’s a fine acid structure and an earthy sweetness, with a silky mouthfeel that adds to its complexity."
Ehret Family Wines, Sante' International Spirits and Wine Competition, Best of Show
Wine: 2020 Ehret Sauvignon Blanc
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Oct. 2021
98pts; 100% Sauvignon Blanc; 100% Stainless Steel; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.
Ehret Family Wines, International Women\s Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2017 Ehret Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Jun. 2021
97pts; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot; 52% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.
Ehret Family Wines, American Fine Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2017 Ehret Merlot
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: May 2021
93pts; 84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon; 22% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.
Ehret Family Wines, Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2017 Ehret Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Feb 2022
98pts; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; 78% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.