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.

Ehret Family Wines, Sante' International Spirits and Wine Competition, Best of Show
Wine: 2017 Hillside Reserve Red Blend (club only)
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Oct. 2021
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.
Ehret Family Wines, American Fine Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2020 Zinfandel (club only)
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: May 2021
94pts; 100% Zinfandel; 22% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.
Ehret Family Wines, Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2017 Bella's Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Feb. 2022
96pts; 96% Cabenet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 1% Merlot; 65% new French Oak barrels - 18mths; Grown in Knights Valley, CA.
Ehret Family Wines, Berlin International Wine Competition, Other - details in description
Wine: Ehret Family Winery - 2021 USA Winery of the Year
Purchase: https://www.ehretwinery.com/acquire/
Phone: 7075375000
Date Awarded: Mar. 2021
Won 2021 USA Winery of the Year; 2017 Ehret Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received Double Gold award.
Dutton Estate Winery, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Amphora Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2017 Syrah, Sonoma County
Purchase: https://www.amphorawines.com/product/Syrah-2017?pageID=0E14FDD4-AE41-6175-AAD9-F99A10A26B74&sortBy=ProductTitle&maxRows=10&
Phone: 707-431-7767
Date Awarded: 1/15/2022
Our 2017 is true to the spirit of this Rhône varietal: it is blue-black in color, with deep-noted aromas of blackberry, menthol and sweet spices embraced in a substantial core of black fruit flavors and firm tannins. This wine definitely has the heft and depth to age beautifully for years. For more immediate enjoyment, decant or aerate a bottle, and have it with smoked sausages, Duck Confit, Cassoulet or braised Shortribs. We invite you to dive deeply into our latest rendition of this noble Rhône varietal, and renew your enchantment with this most enigmatic of wines.
Pedroncelli Winery, OTHER - details in description, Gold
Wine: 2019 Mother Clone Zinfandel
Purchase: https://store.pedroncelli.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=ZIM192
Phone: 707-857-3531
Date Awarded: 2021
Beverage Testing Institute, 90 Points & Gold Medal: Our Mother Clone is a classic Dry Creek Zinfandel with aromas of ripe red berries with a touch of cinnamon and white pepper. Jammy berry and cherry flavors combine with vanilla, licorice and baking spice. The dynamic berry-spice combination brings together round tannins and a zesty finish which are a hallmark of our style.
Pedroncelli Winery, Harvest Challenge, Gold
Wine: 2019 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
Purchase: https://store.pedroncelli.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=ZIB192
Phone: 707-857-3531
Date Awarded: November 2021
91 Points & Gold Medal. Tasting notes from the judges: "Classic, good pepper, boysenberry, 5 spice." Winemaker tasting notes: Inviting aromas of ripe dark fruit, pepper, toasted oak and cinnamon are up front complemented by flavors of raspberry, cola, nutmeg and vanilla notes. A spicy and full bodied Zinfandel with a long, rich finish and great balance between the fruit, acidity and firm tannins.
Pedroncelli Winery, San Francisco International Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Courage Faloni Vineyard Zinfandel
Purchase: https://store.pedroncelli.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=ZIF182
Phone: 707-857-3531
Date Awarded: November 2021
Rich deep purple in the glass followed by aromas of ripe berries and baking spices. Full bodied and plump flavors with lush blueberry, toasted cinnamon, pepper and a touch of licorice. Bright acidity and velvety tannins highlight this Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel with lingering flavors and smooth tannins.
Woodenhead Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver
Wine: 2019 Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2019-pinot-noir-mendocino-ridge/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 1/15/22
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 ...
Woodenhead Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver
Wine: 2018 Pinot Noir, Conzelman Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2018-pinot-noir-conzelman-vineyard-anderson-valley/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 1/15/22
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 ...
Woodenhead Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver
Wine: 2019 Chardonnay, Piper Ranch. Manchester Ridge
Purchase: https://woodenheadwine.com/wine/woodenhead-2016-chardonnay-piper-ranch-manchester-ridge-mendocino-ridge/
Phone: 707-887-2703
Date Awarded: 1/15/22
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, ...
Woodenhead Winery, San Francisco Chronicle 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: 1/15/22
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 ...
Trione Vineyards & Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Double Gold
Wine: 2016 Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast, Flatridge Ranch Vineyard
Purchase: https://cellar.trionewinery.com/product/2016-Flatridge-Zinfandel
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 3/13/2022
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.
Trione Vineyards & Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, River Road Ranch Vineyard
Purchase: https://cellar.trionewinery.com/product/Pinot-Noir
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 3/13/2022
A walk through a dense redwood forest, full of wild blackberry brambles, dappled sunlight and the occasional moss and mushroom covered stump. These are the images that come to mind when first tasting the 2017 Trione Pinot Noir. The mouthfeel is rich and silky with a long finish. This wine will age gracefully for the next 5-7 years.
Trione Vineyards & Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Silver
Wine: 2017 Henry's Blend, Alexander Valley
Purchase: https://trionewinery.com/trade-assets/henrys-blend/
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 3/13/2022
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.
Trione Vineyards & Winery, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, River Road Ranch Vineyard
Purchase: https://cellar.trionewinery.com/product/Chardonnay
Phone: 707-814-8100
Date Awarded: 3/13/2022
This wine is rich and inviting with a firm structure and a lingering finish. Alluring notes of butterscotch, caramel, and lemon rind fill the bouquet. A youthful and energetic wine, the Trione 2018 Chardonnay will age gracefully for years to come.
Baldassari Wines, Sunset International Wine Competition, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Carneros, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.bfwwine.com/shopping-cart
Phone: 415-235-8225
Date Awarded: April 2021
Intriguing floral notes with sweet tangerine, guava and yellow delicious apples followed with notes of brioche, vanilla beans and apricot. The flavors are pure and fresh with notes of tangerine, tropical fruits, country butter and yellow apples. The palate is rich with a brisk acidity that keeps the wine focused and fresh.
Alexander Valley Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Best in Class
Wine: 2018 Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel
Purchase: https://shop.avvwine.com/shop/p-534-2018-avv-zinfandel.aspx
Phone: 707-433-7209
Date Awarded: Oct 2021
This 100% Zinfandel was awarded 97 points & Double Gold Medal as well as Best in Class. The 2018 has elegant, jammy and spicy fruit flavors with the classic Alexander Valley Vineyards label. Rich earthy dark fruit flavors of black cherry, plum & black pepper fill the glass along with hints of warm spice & brown sugar.
Alexander Valley Vineyards, Sunset International Wine Competition, Gold
Wine: 2018 Alexander Valley Vineyards Syrah
Purchase: https://shop.avvwine.com/shop/p-412-2018-syrah.aspx
Phone: 707-433-7209
Date Awarded: Oct 2021
This aromatic wine has spicy & juicy flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry, plum, white pepper and a hint of toasty oak. 98% Syrah co-fermented with 2% Viognier, aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
Balletto Vineyards, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.ballettovineyards.com/shop/?view=product&slug=RRV_Chardonnay_2018
Phone: 7075682455
Date Awarded: October 2021
93 Points & Best Buy - Wine & Spirits Magazine. Both complex and elegant, showing its cool-climate heritage with concentrated flavors and a dark and lasting texture that has perfectly bright citrus tones for balance. It opens up with warm spices, ripe pear and lemon aromas.
Balletto Vineyards, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Cider Ridge Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.ballettovineyards.com/shop/?view=product&slug=2018CiderRidgeChardonnay
Phone: 7075682455
Date Awarded: October 2021
92 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine. This is an elegant Chardonnay wrapped in floral prettiness, bright fruit and a gorgeous structure that's layered with natural acidity and a lush, perfect texture. It's balanced and elegant, yet intense and delicious.
Balletto Vineyards, OTHER - details in description, Other - details in description
Wine: 2018 Sexton Hill Chardonnay
Purchase: https://www.ballettovineyards.com/shop/?view=product&slug=2018SextonHillChardonnay
Phone: 7075682455
Date Awarded: October 2021
92 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine. Booms out of the glass with apricot, red apple and baking spice aromas that pull this serious wine into its own class. And then there's the mouthfeel. It's weighty throughout yet maintains its focus with a laser-beam streak of natural acidity that pulls the wine together and hints at its long-term aging potential.
Balletto Vineyards, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2017 BCD Syrah
Purchase: https://www.ballettovineyards.com/shop/?view=product&slug=2017_Syrah_BCD
Phone: 7075682455
Date Awarded: March 2022
94 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine. This Syrah opens with classic-cool climate aromatics. The first impression is lightly smoked bacon, earth and savory spices. A core of dark fruit follows and holds the wine together without overstepping. it's complex and elegant. Then there's a tart blackberry foundation that runs from start to finish and is a reminder that this wine is grown in a cool site.
Balletto Vineyards, OTHER - details in description, 90 Points or higher (see details below)
Wine: 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Purchase: https://www.ballettovineyards.com/shop/?view=product&slug=pinot_noir_russian_river_valley
Phone: 7075682455
Date Awarded: July 2021
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck. Balletto's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir exhibits everything you would expect from a serious point. It combines full and captivating aromatics with a delicate texture that defines the Balletto style of Pinot Noir.