Winemaker Challenge 2015

Best of Show

Red
Amizetta Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $75

White
Ledson 2013 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $38

Sparkling
Thornton Brut Rosé, California $38

Dessert
Giesen 2012 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $40

Rosé
Wollersheim 2014 Prairie Blush, Marechal Foch, Wisconsin $10

Best of Class

Albarino
Oak Farm Vineyards 2014, Lodi $19

Barbera
Ledson 2012 Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Valley $46

Bordeaux Blend, Red
J. Lohr 2011 Cuvee St. E, Paso Robles $50

Cabernet Franc
V. Sattui 2012, Alexander Valley $37

Cabernet Sauvignon
Amizetta Estate 2012, Napa Valley $75

Carignane
Shenandoah Vineyards 2012, Amador County $18

Carmenere
Carmen 2012, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile $15

Chardonnay
Ledson 2013, Russian River Valley $38

Gewurztraminer
Maurice Carrie 2014, Temecula Valley $20

Grenache
V. Sattui 2012, Napa Valley $35

Gruner Veltliner
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2014, Finger Lakes, New York $15

Italian
Castello Banfi 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Toscana, Italy $75

Malbec
Paul Mas Estate 2014 Gardemiel Vineyard, Pays d’Oc, France $13

Merlot
Cakebread Cellars 2012, Napa Valley $54

Mourvedre
Hart Winery 2012, Vineyard Select, Temecula Valley $28

Muscat Canelli
Eberle 2014, Paso Robles $18

Petite Sirah
J. Lohr 2012 Tower Road, Paso Robles $35

Pinot Blanc
Navarro Vineyards 2014, Mendocino $15

Pinot Grigio
Castello Banfi 2013 San Angelo, Toscana, Italy $19

Pinot Gris
Giesen 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand $15

Pinot Noir
Lafond 2011, Lafond Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills $55

Primitivo
Santa Barbara Winery 2012 Joughin Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley $28

Rhone Blend, Red
Chateau Paul Mas 2013 Clos des Mures, Coteaux du Languedoc, France $20

Riesling
Zocker 2012 Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley $20

Sauvignon Blanc
Te’a Roa 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand $13

Shiraz
Dandelion Vineyards 2012 Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz, Australia $85
Alpha Crucis 2013 'Titan' Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia $24

Spanish
H & G 2010 Priorat DOQ $15

Syrah
J. Lohr 2012 Gesture Syrah, Paso Robles $30

Tempranillo
Kennedy Shah 2012 Reserve, Columbia Valley $42

Viognier
Tangent 2013, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley $20

Zinfandel
V. Sattui 2012 Old Vine, Russian River Valley $33


Wineries of the Year

California North Coast
V. Sattui, Napa Valley

California Central Coast
J. Lohr, Paso Robles

California South Coast
Thornton, Temecula Valley

Midwestern United States
Villa Bellezza, Wisconsin

Eastern United States
Swedish Hill, New York

Europe
Castello Banfi, Italy

Southern Hemisphere
Giesen, New Zealand

Worldwide Value
Barefoot Cellars, California


2015 Winemaker Challenge
International Wine Competition
Award Winners

 

10Span
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Santa Barbara County, California    $10.00    87 Points

19 Crimes
    Silver    2013    Red Wine    South Eastern Australia    $13.00    89 Points

3 Ball
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel    California    $14.99    87 Points

Acronym
    Silver    2013    Red Wine Blend    California    $8.99    87 Points

Alexander Valley Vineyards
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir, Estate Grown    Alexander Valley, California    $28.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Temptation Zinfandel    Sonoma County, California    $14.00    88 Points

Allegrini
    Gold    2011    Palazzo della Torre, Veronese IGT    Italy    $23.00    91 Points

Amizetta Estate
    Platinum    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $75.00    96 Points

Angove
    Silver    2013    Dr. Angove Recipe Red Blend    South Australia    $14.00    88 Points

Animist
    Gold    2012    Pinot Noir    Russian River Valley, California    $19.99    90 Points

Astoria
    Silver    NV    Prosecco DOC Treviso    Italy    $13.99    89 Points

August Ridge Vineyards
    Gold    2010    Jovial, Estate Reserve    Paso Robles, California    $40.00    90 Points
    Silver    2010    Nebbiolo, Estate Grown    Paso Robles, California    $28.00    87 Points
    Silver    2010    Sangiovese, Estate Grown    Paso Robles, California    $26.00    88 Points

Baileyana Winery
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir, Firepeak    Edna Valley, California    $30.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay, Firepeak    Edna Valley, California    $28.00    93 Points

Banfi
    Silver    2012    Fonte Alla Selva, Chianti Classico DOCG    Italy    $24.00    87 Points
    Platinum    2011    Chianti Classico DOCG, Riserva    Italy    $19.00    95 Points
    Gold    2013    Centine Rosso, Toscana IGT    Italy    $11.00    92 Points
    Gold    2012    ASKA, Bolgheri Rosso DOC    Italy    $22.00    93 Points
    Silver    2013    Centine Bianco, Toscana IGT    Italy    $11.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Brut, Metodo Classico    Italy    $35.00    88 Points
    Platinum    2013    Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG    Italy    $20.00    95 Points

Barbed Wire
    Gold    2012    Meritage, Vintner's Reserve    California    $12.99    90 Points

Barboursville Vineyards
    Silver    2012    Octagon    Virginia    $54.99    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Petit Verdot, Reserve    Virginia    $31.99    89 Points
    Gold    2010    Paxxito    Virginia    $31.99    93 Points

Barefoot Bubbly
    Gold    NV    Prosecco DOC    Italy    $9.99    90 Points
    Gold    NV    Brut Cuvee    California    $9.99    90 Points
    Gold    NV    Extra Dry    California    $9.99    92 Points
    Silver    NV    Peach Fusion    California    $9.99    87 Points
    Gold    NV    Berry Fusion    California    $9.99    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Citrus Fusion    California    $9.99    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Tropical Fusion    California    $9.99    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Moscato Spumante    California    $9.99    91 Points
    Silver    NV    Red Moscato    California    $9.99    89 Points
    Gold    NV    Pink Moscato    California    $9.99    91 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Grigio    California    $9.99    88 Points

Barefoot Cellars
    Silver    NV    Rosa Red Blend    American    $6.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    White Zinfandel    California    $6.99    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Malbec    California    $6.99    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Merlot    California    $6.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Noir    California    $6.99    88 Points
    Platinum    NV    Shiraz    California    $6.99    94 Points
    Silver    NV    Zinfandel    Lodi, California    $6.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Red Moscato    California    $6.99    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Moscato    California    $6.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Grigio    American    $6.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Sauvignon Blanc    California    $6.99    89 Points

Barefoot Refresh
    Gold    NV    Summer Red    California    $7.99    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Crisp Red    California    $7.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Perfectly Pink    California    $7.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Crisp White    California    $7.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Sweet White    California    $7.99    88 Points

Baron Herzog
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $13.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chenin Blanc    Clarksburg, California    $10.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Clarksburg, California    $13.00    87 Points

Black Willow Winery
    Silver    NV    Trilogy Red    New York     $14.95    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Classic Diamond    New York     $12.95    90 Points

Bolla
    Silver    2013    Chianti DOCG    Italy    $8.99    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Torr' Alta, Verona IGT    Italy    $19.99    87 Points
    Platinum    2009    Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC    Italy    $42.00    95 Points
    Gold    2011    Le Poiane Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, Ripasso    Italy    $17.00    93 Points
    Silver    NV    Prosecco DOC    Italy    $13.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Soave DOC Classico, 883 Selection    Italy    $10.00    90 Points

Brass Tacks
    Gold    2013    Riesling    Monterey, California    $15.00    90 Points

Brassfield Estate Winery
    Silver    2013    Eruption, Volcano Ridge Vineyard, Estate Grown    High Valley, California    $18.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, High Serenity Ranch Vineyard    High Valley, California    $18.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Gris, High Serenity Ranch Vineyard    High Valley, California    $18.99    87 Points

Broadside
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $14.99    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Margarita Vineyard    Paso Robles, California    $19.99    93 Points

Cakebread Cellars
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $61.50    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Merlot    Napa Valley, California    $54.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Syrah, Suscol Springs Vineyard    Napa Valley, California    $57.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay, Family Vineyards, Reserve    Carneros, Napa Valley, California    $56.00    87 Points

Callaway Vineyard & Winery
    Gold    2014    Muscat Canelli, Estate Grown, Special Selection    Temecula Valley, California    $20.00    90 Points

Cameron Hughes
    Gold    2012    Meritage, Lot 448    Napa Valley, California    $24.00    91 Points
    Gold    2012    Red Blend, Lot 447    Lake County, California    $22.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 525    Napa Valley, California    $29.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 545    Coombsville, Napa Valley    $29.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 535    Napa Valley, California    $29.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 502    Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley    $25.00    89 Points

Cameron Hughes CAM Collection
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Monterey County, California    $18.00    87 Points

Caposaldo
    Gold    2012    Chianti DOCG    Italy    $10.99    93 Points
    Silver    NV    Prosecco DOC Brut    Italy    $15.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Moscato, Provincia di Pavia IGT    Italy    $14.99    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGT    Italy    $10.99    88 Points

Carmen
    Platinum    2012    Carmenere, Alpalta Vineyard, Gran Reserva    Colchagua Valley, Chile    $14.99    94 Points
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Quillayes Vineyard, Gran Reserva    Maipo Alto Valley, Chile    $14.99    89 Points

Carol Shelton
    Gold    2013    Wild Thing, Old Vine Zinfandel    Mendocino County, California    $19.00    91 Points
    Silver    2012    Rocky Reserve Zinfandel, Florence Vineyard    Rockpile, Sonoma County, California    $35.00    87 Points

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard
    Platinum    NV    Prana, Estate    Rhode Island    $19.95    94 Points
    Silver    2012    Siren Vidal Blanc, Estate    Rhode Island    $19.95    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Expedite Happiness Chardonnay, Estate    Rhode Island    $24.95    90 Points

Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Sir Charles    California    $35.00    88 Points

Castello Banfi
    Silver    2012    Rosso di Montalcino DOC    Italy    $25.00    89 Points
    Platinum    2011    Belnero, Toscana IGT    Italy    $29.00    94 Points
    Platinum    2010    Brunello di Montalcino DOCG    Italy    $75.00    95 Points
    Gold    2013    San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Toscana IGT    Italy    $19.00    90 Points

Cedar Creek Winery   
    Gold    2014    LaBelle Vie    American    $9.00    91 Points
    Silver    2014    Gewurztraminer    American    $11.00    88 Points

Cell Block
    Silver    2013    Shackled Red    Sonoma County, California    $19.99    89 Points

Cellardoor Winery
    Gold    NV    Cabernet Sauvignon    American    $24.00    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Dolcetto    American    $21.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Noir    American    $24.00    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Petit Verdot    American    $24.00    92 Points
    Gold    NV    Chardonnay    American    $18.00    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Riesling    American    $15.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Sauvignon Blanc    American    $17.00    87 Points

Chacewater Wine Co
    Silver    2014    Rose    Sierra Foothills, California    $17.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Petite Sirah    Lake County, California    $24.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Syrah    Sierra Foothills, California    $21.00    90 Points
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Lake County, California    $17.00    90 Points

Chalkboard
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    California    $9.99    88 Points

Chateau Elan Winery
    Gold    2013    Les Petits    American    $49.95    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve    American    $39.95    88 Points
    Silver    2013    El Tempranillo    American    $49.95    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Muscadine, Duncan Creek    Georgia    $11.95    91 Points

Chateau Morrisette
    Gold    2012    5 Red Grapes    American    $14.99    91 Points
    Gold    2013    4 White Grapes    American    $14.99    93 Points
    Platinum    NV    Our Dog Blue    American    $10.99    94 Points
    Silver    2014    Vin Gris, Rose Table Wine    Virginia    $17.99    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Reserve    Virginia    $32.99    89 Points

Chateau Paul Mas
    Silver    2013    Clos de Savignac, Gres de Montpellier, Coteaux du Languedoc AOP    France    $27.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Clos des Mures, Coteaux du Languedoc AOP    France    $19.99    91 Points

Chateau St. Jean
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Alexander Valley, California    $27.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Chardonnay, Robert Young Vineyard    Alexander Valley, California    $25.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay, Belle Terre Vineyard    Alexander Valley, California    $25.00    87 Points

CK Mondavi
    Silver    2013    Scarlet Five, Wildcreek Canyon    California    $7.00    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Moscato, Willow Springs    California    $7.00    87 Points
    Gold    2014    Pinot Grigio, Willow Springs    California    $7.00    92 Points

Clos du Bois
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Briarcrest    Alexander Valley, California    $60.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Sonoma Reserve    Russian River Valley, Sonoma County    $24.00    89 Points

Complicated
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County, California    $20.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Sonoma County, California    $18.00    89 Points

Concannon Vineyard  
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $14.99    91 Points
    Gold    2013    Petite Sirah    San Francisco Bay, California    $14.99    93 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay    Monterey County, California    $14.99    91 Points

Consilience
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Santa Barbara County, California    $30.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Roussanne    Santa Barbara County, California    $24.00    90 Points

Cote Mas
    Silver    2014    Rouge Intense, Pays d'Oc IGP    France    $8.99    87 Points
    Gold    2014    Blanc Mediterranee, Pays d'Oc IGP    France    $8.99    93 Points

Criterion
    Gold    2011    Chianti Classico DOCG    Italy    $13.99    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Malbec, Reserva    Mendoza, Argentina    $13.99    89 Points

Crooked Vine Winery
    Platinum    2012    Moxie, Estate Grown    Livermore Valley, California    $34.00    96 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown    Livermore Valley, California    $33.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown    Livermore Valley, California    $36.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Petite Sirah, Estate Grown    Livermore Valley, California    $34.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Petit Verdot, Estate Grown    Livermore Valley, California    $33.00    88 Points

Cru
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir, Appellation Series    Santa Lucia Highlands, California    $29.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Richard's Pinot Noir    Santa Maria Valley, California    $32.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Richard's Pinot Noir, Aubaine Vineyard    San Luis Obispo County, California    $39.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay, Vineyard Montage    Monterey County, California    $23.00    91 Points
    Silver    2014    Chardonnay, Unoaked     Arroyo Seco, California    $23.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Unoaked    Arroyo Seco, California    $21.00    89 Points

Cycles Gladiator
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast, California    $10.99    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Central Coast, California    $10.99    87 Points
    Gold    2013    Petite Sirah    Central Coast, California    $10.99    91 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Central Coast, California    $10.99    89 Points

Dandelion Vineyards
    Platinum    2013    Menagerie of the Barossa    Australia    $25.00    94 Points
    Gold    2013    Pride of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Cabernet Sauvignon    Australia    $25.00    91 Points
    Silver    2013    Lioness of McLaren Vale, Shiraz    Australia    $25.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale, Shiraz Riesling    Australia    $25.00    93 Points
    Silver    2013    Lionheart of the Barossa, Shiraz    Australia    $25.00    89 Points
    Platinum    2012    Red Queen of the Eden Valley, Shiraz    Australia    $85.00    94 Points
    Silver    2014    Twilight of the Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay    Australia    $27.50    88 Points
    Silver    2014    Wonderland of the Eden Valley, Riesling    Australia    $60.00    88 Points
    Silver    2014    Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley, Riesling    Australia    $27.50    87 Points

Davis Bynum
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir, Jane's Vineyard    Russian River Valley, California    $35.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay, River West Vineyard    Russian River Valley, California    $25.00    90 Points

District 4
    Gold    2012    Red Blend    Napa Valley, California    $35.00    93 Points

Domenico Wines
    Gold    2011    GPSM    Lodi, California    $28.00    90 Points
    Silver    2009    Miscela, Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $39.00    88 Points

Dominant Seven
    Gold    2012    Red Blend    California    $8.99    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $8.99    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay    California    $8.99    89 Points

Don Ernesto's
    Silver    2014    Beret Rose    Napa Valley, California    $24.00    87 Points

Dona Paula
    Silver    2013    Malbec, Los Cardos    Mendoza, Argentina    $9.99    87 Points

Dr. Konstantin Frank 
    Gold    2014    Dry Rose    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    90 Points
    Gold    2014    Gruner Veltliner    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Dry Riesling    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Riesling, Reserve    Finger Lakes, New York    $24.99    88 Points

Dussek
    Gold    2012    Syrah    Columbia Valley, Washington    $20.00    91 Points

Dutcher Crossing Winery
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietor's Reserve    Dry Creek Valley, California    $30.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Zinfandel, Maple Vineyard, Bill's Block    Dry Creek Valley, California    $52.00    92 Points

Easley Winery
    Gold    2013    Chambourcin    Indiana    $9.99    92 Points

Eastpoint
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve    California    $12.95    90 Points

Eberle Winery
    Silver    2013    Cotes-du-Robles Blanc    Paso Robles, California    $24.00    88 Points
    Silver    2011    Barbera    Paso Robles, California    $28.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Vineyard Selection    Paso Robles, California    $22.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Syrah, Steinbeck Vineyard    Paso Robles, California    $26.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel    Paso Robles, California    $28.00    90 Points
    Gold    2014    Muscat Canelli    Paso Robles, California    $18.00    91 Points
    Gold    2013    Viognier, Mill Road Vineyard    Paso Robles, California    $23.00    90 Points

Echo Bay
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $12.00    89 Points

Elan Cellars
    Silver    NV    Reserve Cuvee Red Wine    Napa Valley, California    $33.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Paicines, California    $34.00    88 Points

Emiliana
    Gold    2014    Natura Sauvignon Blanc    Valle Casablanca, Chile    $12.00    90 Points

Eye Chart
    Silver    NV    Red Wine Blend    American    $17.99    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Noir    California    $17.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Chardonnay    California    $17.99    87 Points

Falkner Winery
    Silver    2011    Meritage, Special Selection    Temecula Valley, California    $42.95    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Port    Madera County, California    $39.95    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Temecula Valley, California    $22.95    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Grown    Temecula Valley, California    $19.95    88 Points

Fallbrook Winery
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve    California    $16.00    91 Points

Fancy Pants
    Silver    2013    Red Wine    California    $11.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $11.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Grigio    California    $11.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    California    $11.00    87 Points

Fifty Shades Of Grey
    Silver    2012    Red Satin    California    $17.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    White Silk    California    $17.99    88 Points

Fleur Bleu
    Silver    NV    Seven Petals Blend, Red Table Wine    California    $27.00    89 Points

Florio
    Silver    NV    Fine Ambra Dolce Marsala DOP    Italy    $14.00    88 Points

Folie A Deux
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County, California    $20.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Russian River Valley, California    $18.00    89 Points

Fontana Candida
    Silver    2013    Terre dei Grifi Frascati DOC    Italy    $13.00    89 Points

Four Lanterns Winery
    Silver    2013    Shadow    Paso Robles, California    $39.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Fire Light, Estate Grown    Paso Robles, California    $62.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Lamplight, Estate Grown    Paso Robles, California    $28.00    93 Points

Gallo Family Vineyards   
    Silver    NV    Sweet Red    American    $4.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    White Zinfandel    California    $4.99    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Merlot    California    $4.99    90 Points
    Gold    NV    Moscato    California    $4.99    91 Points
    Silver    NV    Pink Moscato    California    $4.99    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Red Moscato    California    $4.99    87 Points

Giesen
    Silver    2013    The Brothers Pinot Noir    Marlborough, New Zealand    $35.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Brookby Rd Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Selection    Marlborough, New Zealand    $65.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Clayvin Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Selection    Marlborough, New Zealand    $65.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Ridge Block Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Selection    Marlborough, New Zealand    $65.00    90 Points
    Platinum    2012    Waihopai Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Selection    Marlborough, New Zealand    $65.00    94 Points
    Platinum    2012    The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $40.00    97 Points
    Gold    2014    Pinot Gris    Marlborough, New Zealand    $15.00    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Riesling    New Zealand    $15.00    87 Points
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $15.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    The Fuder Sauvignon Blanc, Single Vineyard Selection: Dillons Point     Marlborough, New Zealand    $40.00    91 Points
    Silver    2012    The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $45.00    89 Points

Giovinazzo
    Gold    2013    Teroldego    California    $34.00    93 Points

Globerati
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    France    $6.99    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Sangiovese, Rubicone IGT    Italy    $6.99    88 Points
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Valle Central, Chile    $6.99    91 Points

Gloria Ferrer
    Gold    2012    Pinot Noir, Estate Grown    Carneros, California    $28.00    93 Points
    Gold    NV    Blanc De Blancs    Carneros, California    $22.00    93 Points
    Gold    NV    Blanc De Noirs    Carneros, California    $22.00    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Sonoma Brut    Sonoma County, California    $22.00    87 Points
    Gold    2006    Royal Cuvee    Carneros, California    $35.00    92 Points
    Silver    NV    Va de Vi    Sonoma County, California    $22.00    87 Points
    Gold    2003    Carneros Cuvee    Carneros, California    $70.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay, Estate Grown    Carneros, California    $25.00    88 Points

Goyette
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County, California    $19.99    87 Points

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards
    Gold    2012    Philosophy    Virginia    $45.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Superstition    Virginia    $39.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Virginia    $36.00    89 Points

Greenlip
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $16.00    91 Points

Greg Norman Estate
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir    Santa Barbara County, California    $15.00    88 Points

H & G
    Platinum    2010    Priorat DOQ    Spain    $14.99    95 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel    Sonoma Coast, California    $14.99    93 Points

Hagafen Cellers
    Gold    2014    Dry White Riesling, Rancho Wieruszowski Vineyard    Coombsville, Napa Valley    $24.00    91 Points

Handley Cellars
    Gold    2011    Pinot Noir    Anderson Valley, California    $32.00    91 Points
    Gold    2011    Pinot Noir, RSM Vineyard    Anderson Valley, California    $52.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard    Anderson Valley, California    $25.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Gewurztraminer    Anderson Valley, California    $20.00    87 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Gris    Anderson Valley, California    $22.00    91 Points
    Silver    2013    Riesling    Anderson Valley, California    $22.00    87 Points

Hart Winery
    Platinum    2012    Mourvedre, Vineyard Select, Limited Release    Temecula Valley, California    $28.00    94 Points
    Silver    2014    Arneis, Vineyard Select, Limited Release    Temecula Valley, California    $26.00    89 Points
    Silver    2014    Sauvignon Blanc, Vineyard Select, Two-Vineyard Blend, Limited Release    Temecula Valley, California    $26.00    88 Points

Hawk And Horse Vineyards
    Silver    2011    Petite Sirah    Red Hills, Lake County, California    $48.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Petite Sirah    Red Hills, Lake County, California    $48.00    88 Points

Hawkstone  
    Silver    2012    Petite Sirah, Connoisseur Series    Napa Valley, California    $24.99    89 Points

Heirloom Vineyards
    Silver    2013    Shiraz    McLaren Vale, Australia    $35.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Shiraz    Barossa, Australia    $35.00    91 Points
    Platinum    2013    Shiraz    Eden Valley, Australia    $70.00    94 Points
    Silver    2014    Riesling    Eden Valley, Australia    $25.00    88 Points
    Silver    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Adelaide Hills, Australia    $25.00    87 Points

Heron Hill Winery
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Franc    Finger Lakes, New York    $15.99    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay, Unoaked, Ingle Vineyard    Finger Lakes, New York    $17.99    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Blanc, Morris Vineyard, Reserve    Finger Lakes, New York    $17.99    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Dry Riesling    Finger Lakes, New York    $13.99    87 Points

Herzog Wine Cellars
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve    Napa Valley, California    $42.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve    Alexander Valley, California    $42.00    91 Points
    Gold    2012    Chardonnay, Special Reserve    Russian River Valley, California    $40.00    90 Points

Houdini
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Dean Block    Napa Valley, California    $24.95    88 Points

Hyatt Vineyards
    Silver    2012    Roadside Market Red, Estate Grown    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $13.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $13.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Syrah, Estate Grown    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $13.00    87 Points

J. Lohr
    Platinum    2011    Cuvee St. E    Paso Robles, California    $50.00    96 Points
    Gold    2011    Cuvee POM    Paso Robles, California    $50.00    90 Points
    Gold    2011    Cuvee PAU    Paso Robles, California    $50.00    93 Points
    Gold    2012    Gesture GSM, Limited Release    Paso Robles, California    $30.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Gesture Grenache Rose, Limited Release    Paso Robles, California    $18.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $35.00    88 Points
    Platinum    2012    Carol's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon    St. Helena, Napa Valley    $40.00    95 Points
    Silver    2012    Gesture Mourvedre, Limited Release    Paso Robles, California    $30.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Fog's Reach Pinot Noir    Arroyo Seco, California    $35.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Highlands Bench Pinot Noir    Santa Lucia Highlands, California    $35.00    89 Points
    Platinum    2012    Tower Road Petite Sirah    Paso Robles, California    $35.00    95 Points
    Platinum    2012    Gesture Syrah, Limited Release    Paso Robles, California    $30.00    94 Points
    Gold    2012    Gesture Zinfandel, Limited Release    Paso Robles, California    $25.00    91 Points
    Silver    2013    Arroyo Vista Chardonnay    Arroyo Seco, California    $25.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Highlands Bench Chardonnay    Santa Lucia Highlands, California    $25.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc    St. Helena, Napa Valley    $25.00    87 Points

Jamieson Ranch
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Lariat    Napa Valley, California    $45.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc, Silver Spur    Napa Valley, California    $28.00    89 Points

Jeff Cohn Cellars
    Platinum    2013    The Impostor    California    $35.00    94 Points

Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards
    Gold    NV    Oloroso    Cucamonga Valley, California    $19.00    91 Points

Kennedy Shah
    Gold    2012    Syrah, Reserve    Yakima Valley, Washington    $42.00    91 Points
    Gold    2012    Tempranillo, Reserve    Columbia Valley, Washington    $42.00    90 Points

Kooksoondang
    Silver    NV    Komju Rice Wine, Citron Flavored    South Korea    $1.99    88 Points
    Gold    NV    iCing, Grapefruit Flavored Makgeolli Rice Wine    South Korea    $1.99    91 Points

La Forge Estate
    Silver    2014    Viognier, Reserve, Pays d'Oc IGP    France    $11.99    89 Points

La Rusticana D'Orsa
    Silver    2012    Cinque    Santa Cruz Mountains, California    $45.00    88 Points

Lafond
    Platinum    2011    Pinot Noir, Lafond Vineyard    Sta. Rita Hills, California    $55.00    94 Points
    Silver    2011    Syrah, SRH    Sta. Rita Hills, California    $23.00    88 Points

Lang Wines
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel    Amador County, California    $19.99    87 Points

Lava Cap Winery
    Silver    2012    American River Red    El Dorado, California    $18.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    El Dorado, California    $25.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Merlot    El Dorado, California    $24.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Reserve    El Dorado, California    $24.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Reserve    El Dorado, California    $18.00    87 Points

Ledson Winery & Vineyard
    Gold    2012    Barbera, Estate Vineyard    Sonoma Valley, California    $46.00    91 Points
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyard    Alexander Valley, California    $90.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Estate Ancient Vine, Reserve    Sonoma Valley, California    $88.00    90 Points
    Platinum    2013    Chardonnay    Russian River Valley, California    $38.00    94 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Reserve    Russian River Valley, California    $48.00    88 Points

Light Horse
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Three County    California    $14.99    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    California    $14.99    87 Points

Lindemans
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 45    South Eastern Australia    $6.00    87 Points

Little Lakes
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $11.95    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    California    $10.95    88 Points

Lorimar Vineyards And Winery
    Gold    2012    Montepulciano, Mosso    Temecula Valley, California    $54.00    92 Points
    Gold    2012    Malbec, Sianico    Temecula Valley, California    $46.00    92 Points
    Gold    2012    Petite Sirah, Crescendo    Temecula Valley, California    $58.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Syrah, Estate, Nocturne    Temecula Valley, California    $42.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Tempranillo, Tempo    Temecula Valley, California    $36.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel / Petite Sirah, Fusion    Temecula Valley, California    $48.00    91 Points

Magistrate
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $8.99    89 Points

Malibu At Sunset
    Silver    2012    Syrah    California    $79.90    87 Points

Mariposa
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $23.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Tempranillo    Paso Robles, California    $23.00    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Albarino    Edna Valley, California    $24.00    89 Points
    Silver    2014    Malvasia Bianca    Madera, California    $18.00    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Pinot Grigio    Arroyo Seco, California    $18.00    88 Points

Matua Valley
    Silver    2014    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $13.00    89 Points

Maurice Carrie Winery
    Gold    2012    Syrah    Temecula Valley, California    $24.95    91 Points
    Platinum    2014    Gewurztraminer    Temecula Valley, California    $19.95    94 Points

McPherson Cellars
    Gold    2014    Les Copains White    Texas    $12.99    91 Points

Melrose Vineyards
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir, Estate Grown    Umpqua Valley, Oregon    $28.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Parker's Pinot Noir, Estate Grown    Umpqua Valley, Oregon    $42.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Gris, Estate Grown    Umpqua Valley, Oregon    $16.00    88 Points

Menage A Trois
    Silver    2013    Midnight Dark Red Blend    California    $10.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Red Wine    California    $10.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    North Coast, California    $14.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel    Lodi, California    $14.00    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Prosecco DOC    Italy    $14.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    California    $12.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    California    $12.00    88 Points

Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery
    Silver    2012    Raggio Rosso, Estate Grown    Ramona Valley, California    $32.00    87 Points
    Silver    2014    Rose of Sangiovese, Estate Grown    Ramona Valley, California    $22.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Barbera, Estate Grown    Ramona Valley, California    $32.00    88 Points

Mullan Road Cellars
    Gold    2012    Red Wine Blend    Columbia Valley, Washington    $44.99    90 Points

Naked Grape
    Silver    NV    Harvest Red Blend    California    $5.75    87 Points
    Gold    NV    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $5.75    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Noir    California    $5.75    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Moscato    California    $5.75    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Grigio    California    $5.75    87 Points

Napa Cellars 
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $26.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Merlot    Napa Valley, California    $22.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay    Napa Valley, California    $24.00    90 Points

Narmada Winery
    Gold    2011    Mom    Virginia    $20.00    93 Points
    Silver    2010    Tannat    Virginia    $32.00    89 Points
    Silver    2011    Dream, Traminette    Virginia    $21.00    89 Points

Navarro Vineyards
    Gold    2013    Navarrouge    Mendocino, California    $16.00    90 Points
    Silver    2014    Rose    Mendocino, California    $17.50    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Anderson Valley, California    $19.50    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Petite Sirah    Mendocino, California    $27.00    93 Points
    Silver    2013    Zinfandel    Mendocino, California    $19.50    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Zinfandel, Old Vine    Mendocino, California    $27.00    91 Points
    Platinum    2014    Pinot Blanc    Mendocino, California    $15.00    94 Points

Navigator Wines
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Captain's Private Reserve    Oakville, Napa Valley, California    $85.00    88 Points

New Clairvaux Vineyard
    Silver    NV    Vina Dolce, Dessert Wine    California    $23.00    88 Points

Nunum
    Gold    2011    Blend    Uco Valley, Argentina    $45.00    90 Points
    Silver    2011    Malbec    Uco Valley, Argentina    $45.00    88 Points

Oak Farm Vineyards
    Gold    2013    Barbera    Lodi, California    $25.00    93 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Wegat Vineyard    Lodi, California    $29.00    88 Points
    Platinum    2014    Albarino    Lodi, California    $19.00    94 Points

Open Kimono
    Silver    2013    Riesling    Washington    $9.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $9.99    87 Points

Pamela's
    Silver    2013    Un-Oaked Chardonnay    Sonoma County, California    $16.00    87 Points

Parkers Estate
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Blue Ash Road    Sonoma County, California    $8.99    88 Points

Paul Mas Estate
    Gold    2014    Malbec, Gardemiel Vineyard, Pays d'Oc IGP    France    $12.99    92 Points
    Gold    2014    Chardonnay, Saint Hilaire Vineyard, Pays d'Oc IGP    France    $12.99    90 Points

Pepperjack
    Gold    2012    Barossa Red    Australia    $24.00    90 Points

Poggio al Tesoro
    Gold    2013    Solosole Vermentino, Toscana IGT    Italy    $23.00    92 Points

Prime
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Coombsville, Napa Valley    $38.00    87 Points

Prix
    Silver    2009    Cabernet Sauvignon, Weir Family Vineyards, MJT Block, Reserve    Napa Valley, California    $70.00    89 Points

Quady Winery
    Gold    2013    Elysium, Black Muscat Dessert Wine    California    $24.99    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Essensia, Orange Muscat Sweet Dessert Wine    California    $24.99    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Vya Extra Dry Vermouth    California    $22.99    88 Points

R & B Cellars
    Platinum    2011    Saxy Syrah    Sierra Foothills, California    $20.00    94 Points

Reata
    Gold    2013    Pinot Noir, Three County    California    $30.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Chardonnay, Egan Vineyard    Sonoma Coast, California    $35.00    91 Points

Rideau Vineyard
    Silver    2012    Chateau Duplantier Cuvee    Santa Ynez Valley, California    $48.00    88 Points

Riunite
    Gold    NV    Lambrusco Emilia IGT    Italy    $7.99    90 Points

Rock Falls Vineyards
    Silver    2013    Merlot    California    $11.95    88 Points

Rock Wren Winery
    Silver    2009    Syrah    Solano County Green Valley, California    $25.00    87 Points
    Gold    2010    Syrah    Solano County Green Valley, California    $25.00    92 Points

Rodney Strong
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County, California    $20.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyards    Alexander Valley, California    $28.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Merlot    Sonoma County, California    $20.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyards    Russian River Valley, California    $25.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Knotty Vines, Estate Vineyards    Northern Sonoma, California    $25.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Estate Vineyards    Chalk Hill, California    $22.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Sonoma County, California    $17.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc, Charlotte's Home, Estate Vineyards    Northern Sonoma, California    $17.00    87 Points

Ron Rubin Vineyards And Winery
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Russian River Valley, California    $25.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir    Green Valley of Russian River Valley    $40.00    89 Points

Roza Ridge
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 2 Reserve    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $20.00    87 Points
    Silver    2011    Malbec    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $15.00    87 Points
    Gold    2010    Syrah    Rattlesnake Hills, Washington    $15.00    92 Points

Rue De Perle
    Silver    2012    Bordeaux AOC    France    $10.99    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Cotes du Rhone Villages    France    $10.99    87 Points

S.V.I.
    Silver    NV    The Goddess    Lodi, California    $32.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Delicate Princess    Lodi, California    $32.00    87 Points

Santa Barbara Winery
    Silver    2013    Pinot Noir    Santa Barbara County, California    $17.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Primitivo, Joughin Vineyard    Santa Ynez Valley, California    $28.00    93 Points
    Gold    2012    Petit Verdot, Curtis Vineyard    Santa Ynez Valley, California    $30.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Sangiovese, Stolpman Vineyard    Santa Ynez Valley, California    $26.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Orange Muscat    Santa Barbara County, California    $17.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Gris, Thompson Vineyard    Santa Barbara County, California    $17.00    88 Points

Sartori di Verona
    Gold    2010    Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG    Italy    $40.00    90 Points
    Platinum    2012    Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC    Italy    $15.00    94 Points

Sea Monster
    Silver    2013    Octopussy, Eclectic White Wine    Central Coast, California    $19.99    88 Points

SeaGlass
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $12.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Noir    Santa Barbara County, California    $12.00    93 Points
    Silver    2014    Pinot Grigio    Santa Barbara County, California    $12.00    87 Points
    Gold    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    Santa Barbara County, California    $12.00    91 Points

Serena's Vineyard
    Silver    2010    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $24.99    87 Points

Shenandoah Vineyards
    Platinum    2012    Carignane    Amador County, California    $18.00    96 Points

Sister's Run
    Silver    2013    Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro, Cow's Corner    Barossa, Australia    $20.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Bethlehem Block    Barossa, Australia    $20.00    89 Points

Sobon Estate
    Gold    2012    Tannat, ReZerve    Lodi, California    $24.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Zinfandel, Old Vines    Amador County, California    $13.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Cougar Hill    Amador County, California    $18.00    88 Points

Souverain
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    North Coast, California    $15.00    92 Points
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Winemaker's Reserve    Alexander Valley, California    $45.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay    North Coast, California    $15.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay, Winemaker's Reserve    Russian River Valley, California    $35.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    North Coast, California    $15.00    87 Points

Spanish Story
    Gold    NV    Cava DO, Brut    Spain    $10.99    92 Points
    Silver    2014    Verdejo, Rueda DO    Spain    $8.99    89 Points

Spicewood Vineyards
    Silver    2012    The Good Guy, Estate    Texas Hill Country    $40.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Tempranillo, Estate    Texas Hill Country    $29.99    87 Points

Stephen Vincent
    Silver    2012    Crimson    Monterey County, California    $12.99    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Central Coast, California    $14.99    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Merlot    Central Coast, California    $12.99    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir    Sonoma County, California    $14.99    87 Points

Stone's
    Silver    NV    Original Ginger Wine    England    $13.00    87 Points

Stony Ridge Winery
    Gold    2012    Trifecta    Livermore Valley, California    $28.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Produced    Livermore Valley, California    $29.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Merlot, Estate Produced    Livermore Valley, California    $27.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Syrah, Estate Produced    Livermore Valley, California    $27.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Estate Produced    Livermore Valley, California    $27.00    87 Points

Storyteller
    Silver    2013    Ever After, Red Blend    Sonoma County, California    $13.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Got Away    Sonoma County, California    $13.99    87 Points

Sutter Home
    Silver    NV    White Zinfandel    California    $6.00    87 Points
    Silver    NV    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $6.00    88 Points
    Silver    NV    Merlot    California    $6.00    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Moscato    California    $6.00    90 Points
    Gold    NV    Chardonnay    California    $6.00    90 Points
    Silver    NV    Pinot Grigio    California    $6.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Riesling    California    $6.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Sauvignon Blanc    California    $6.00    87 Points

Swedish Hill Winery
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Franc Lemberger    Finger Lakes, New York    $15.99    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Franc    Finger Lakes, New York    $16.99    88 Points
    Gold    NV    Blanc de Blanc    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    92 Points
    Silver    NV    Naturel    Finger Lakes, New York    $17.99    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Vidal Blanc    Finger Lakes, New York    $11.99    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Blue Waters Gewurztraminer    Finger Lakes, New York    $13.99    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Riesling    Finger Lakes, New York    $15.99    88 Points

Tackitt Family Vineyards
    Gold    2012    Petite Sirah    Paso Robles, California    $32.00    93 Points

Taken Wine Co.
    Silver    2012    Red Wine    Napa Valley, California    $30.00    89 Points

Tangent
    Gold    2013    Albarino, Paragon Vineyard    Edna Valley, California    $17.00    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard    Edna Valley, California    $13.00    88 Points
    Platinum    2013    Viognier, Paragon Vineyard    Edna Valley, California    $20.00    94 Points

Te'a Roa
    Platinum    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    Marlborough, New Zealand    $12.99    94 Points

Terra d'Oro
    Silver    2013    Chenin Blanc / Viognier    Clarksburg, California    $16.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel    Amador County, California    $18.00    87 Points

Tess
    Silver    NV    Red Wine Blend    Napa Valley, California    $20.00    88 Points

The Divining Rod
    Silver    2012    Divine Red    Lodi, California    $12.99    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Alexander Valley, California    $17.99    87 Points

The Show
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    California    $14.00    91 Points
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir    California    $14.00    87 Points

The Specialyst
    Silver    2013    Red Blend    California    $13.99    89 Points

Thornton Winery
    Platinum    2009    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $29.00    94 Points
    Silver    2012    Nebbiolo, Limited Release    Temecula Valley, California    $42.00    89 Points
    Silver    2011    Tempranillo    Yolo County, California    $36.00    89 Points
    Silver    NV    Blanc De Noirs    California    $32.00    89 Points
    Gold    NV    Sweet Angels Waltz    California    $34.00    90 Points
    Platinum    NV    Brut Rose    California    $38.00    94 Points

Three Thieves
    Gold    2013    Pinot Noir    California    $7.99    91 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay    California    $7.99    91 Points

Tour Guide
    Silver    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon, Escamas Del Dragon    Valle Central, Chile    $9.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Malbec, Rancho Alto    Mendoza, Argentina    $9.99    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Pinot Grigio, Nolito, Venezia DOC    Italy    $9.99    87 Points
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc, Sea Cave    Marlborough, New Zealand    $9.99    91 Points

Trefethen Family Vineyards
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown    Oak Knoll District, California    $60.00    89 Points
    Silver    2012    Merlot, Estate Grown    Oak Knoll District, California    $40.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay    Oak Knoll District, California    $35.00    90 Points
    Gold    2014    Dry Riesling, Estate Grown    Oak Knoll District, California    $25.00    90 Points

Trinchero Napa Valley
    Gold    2011    Meritage    Napa Valley, California    $50.00    92 Points
    Silver    2011    Merlot, Chicken Ranch Vineyard    Rutherford, Napa Valley, California    $30.00    89 Points

True Myth
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $24.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Edna Valley, California    $18.00    88 Points

V. Sattui Winery
    Gold    2011    Paradiso    Napa Valley, California    $75.00    93 Points
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Franc    Alexander Valley, California    $37.00    91 Points
    Gold    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $39.00    92 Points
    Silver    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Vittorio's Vineyard    Napa Valley, California    $49.00    89 Points
    Platinum    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Preston Vineyard    Napa Valley, California    $60.00    94 Points
    Gold    2011    Cabernet Sauvignon, Morisoli Vineyard    Napa Valley, California    $65.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Grenache    Napa Valley, California    $35.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Malbec    Napa Valley, California    $37.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Merlot    Napa Valley, California    $35.00    91 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Noir, Doctor's Vineyard    Santa Lucia Highlands, California    $42.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir, Reserve Stock    Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California    $49.00    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Syrah    Napa Valley, California    $36.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Ramazzotti Vineyard    Dry Creek Valley, California    $37.00    90 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Pilgrim Vineyard, Old Vine    Lodi, California    $35.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Gilsson Vineyard, Old Vine    Russian River Valley, California    $38.00    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Amador Ridge Vineyard    Amador County, California    $36.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Old Vine    Russian River Valley, California    $33.00    93 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Quaglia Vineyard, Ancient Vine    Napa Valley, California    $42.00    92 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Black Sears Vineyard    Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California    $45.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Zinfandel, Crow Ridge Vineyard, Ancient Vine    Russian River Valley, California    $42.00    90 Points
    Silver    2011    Prestige Cuvee, Brut    Napa Valley, California    $29.00    88 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Carsi Vineyard    Napa Valley, California    $38.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Chardonnay    Napa Valley, California    $29.00    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Chardonnay, Reserve Stock    Napa Valley, California    $52.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Riesling    Anderson Valley, California    $26.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Off-Dry Riesling    Napa Valley, California    $24.00    91 Points
    Silver    2014    Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Grown    Napa Valley, California    $25.00    88 Points

Van Roekel Winery
    Silver    2012    Tempranillo    Temecula Valley, California    $24.95    89 Points

Villa Bellezza Winery And Vineyards
    Silver    2013    Cotes du Pepin White    Upper Mississippi River Valley    $21.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Frontenac    Upper Mississippi River Valley    $25.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Marquette    Upper Mississippi River Valley    $25.00    90 Points
    Platinum    2013    Cinque Figlie    Upper Mississippi River Valley    $25.00    94 Points
    Platinum    2013    Frontenac Gris Ice Wine    Upper Mississippi River Valley    $35.00    94 Points

Villa San-Juliette Winery
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Franc, Reserve    Paso Robles, California    $48.99    87 Points
    Silver    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Paso Robles, California    $18.99    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Petite Sirah    Paso Robles, California    $18.99    92 Points

Vintners Path
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    California    $11.95    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Sauvignon Blanc    California    $12.95    89 Points

Wagner Vineyards
    Silver    2013    Fathom 107    Seneca Lake, New York    $19.99    87 Points
    Gold    2013    Riesling Select    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Riesling Semi-Dry    Finger Lakes, New York    $14.99    88 Points

Wakefield / Taylors
    Silver    2013    CMMC, Taylors Winemakers Project    Clare Valley, Australia    $25.00    88 Points
    Gold    2013    Cabernet Sauvignon    Clare Valley, Australia    $15.00    92 Points
    Silver    2014    Shiraz    Clare Valley, Australia    $15.00    88 Points
    Gold    2012    Shiraz, St. Andrews    Clare Valley, Australia    $47.00    93 Points
    Platinum    2014    Unwooded Chardonnay, Promised Land    South Australia    $10.00    94 Points
    Silver    2014    Riesling, Promised Land    South Australia    $10.00    87 Points

Wallis Family Estate
    Silver    2012    Little Sister Cabernet Sauvignon    Diamond Mountain District, California    $65.00    87 Points

Wave Series
    Gold    2014    Sauvignon Blanc, Left Wave    Leyda Valley, Chile    $9.99    92 Points

Whiplash
    Silver    2012    Red Wine    California    $14.99    88 Points
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel    Lodi, California    $14.99    88 Points

Williamsburg Winery
    Silver    2010    Gabriel Archer Reserve    Virginia    $36.00    87 Points
    Silver    2013    Viognier, Wessex Hundred    Virginia    $18.00    87 Points

Wine Spots
    Silver    2013    Merlot    Napa Valley, California    $25.00    89 Points

Wolffer Estate
    Platinum    2012    Diosa Late Harvest Wine    The Hamptons, Long Island    $37.00    95 Points
    Silver    2012    Perle Chardonnay    The Hamptons, Long Island    $30.00    87 Points

Wollersheim Winery
    Gold    2014    Prairie Blush, Marechal Foch    Wisconsin     $10.00    92 Points
    Gold    2014    Praire Fume, Seyval    American    $9.00    91 Points
    Gold    2014    Dry Riesling    American    $9.00    92 Points

Woodworth Vineyards
    Silver    2012    Pinot Noir, Estate Grown    Temecula Valley, California    $33.00    88 Points
    Gold    2010    Syrah, Estate Grown    Temecula Valley, California    $30.00    90 Points

Wynns
    Platinum    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Label    Coonawarra, Australia    $40.00    94 Points

Yorkville Cellars
    Silver    2012    Richard the Lion-Heart, Rennie Vineyard    Yorkville Highlands, California    $44.00    87 Points

ZD Wines
    Gold    2012    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley, California    $65.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Pinot Noir    Carneros, California    $50.00    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    California    $38.00    89 Points
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay, Reserve    Carneros, California    $70.00    87 Points

Zin Your Face
    Silver    2012    Zinfandel, Old Vine    Lodi, California    $12.00    87 Points

Zina Hyde Cunningham
    Silver    2013    Chardonnay    Anderson Valley, California    $48.00    89 Points

Zocker
    Silver    2013    Gruner Veltliner, Paragon Vineyard, Estate Grown    Edna Valley, California    $20.00    89 Points
    Gold    2012    Riesling, Paragon Vineyard, Estate Grown    Edna Valley, California    $20.00    92 Points

Zonte's Footstep
    Silver    2013    Canto di Lago Sangiovese Barbera    Adelaide, Australia    $22.00    87 Points
    Gold    2012    Z Force     McLaren Vale, Australia    $44.00    92 Points
    Gold    2014    Scarlet Ladybird Rose    Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia    $15.90    90 Points
    Silver    2012    Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon    Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia    $22.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon    Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia    $22.00    92 Points
    Silver    2013    Violet Beauregard Malbec    Langhorne Creek, Australia    $22.00    89 Points
    Gold    2013    Baron von Nemesis Shiraz    Barossa Valley, Australia    $22.00    90 Points
    Gold    2013    Lake Doctor Shiraz Viognier    Langhorne Creek, Australia    $22.00    90 Points
    Silver    2013    Chocolate Factory Shiraz    McLaren Vale, Australia    $22.00    88 Points
    Silver    2014    Doctoressa Di Lago Pinot Grigio    Adelaide Hills, Australia    $15.90    88 Points
    Silver    2014    Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc    Adelaide Hills, Australia    $15.90    89 Points

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews of the 2015 Winemaker Challenge
International Wine Competition
Platinum Award Winners

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Dandelion Vineyards, Barossa Valley (Australia) 'Menagerie of the Barossa' 2013 ($25): Dandelion's Menagerie is a typical red Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Typical yes, ordinary no. This vintage shows intense red-fruit aroma, exceptional purity and balance, and length and persistence through the finish. And the price is a stunning value. Bravo!  Platinum award winner at 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Wynns, Coonawara (Australia) Cabernet Sauvignon 'Black Label' 2012 ($40): South Australia's finest terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the red soil of the Coonawarra region, which produces long-lived Cabernet with structure and complexity. Wynn's Black Label is beautifully sculpted, with firm tannins and fine balance between fruit and acidity. On the palate it shows blackberry and cassis aromas with a hint of lead pencil. The tension is exceptional and bodes well for long-term cellaring.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   95 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Heirloom Vineyards, Eden Valley (South Australia) Shiraz 2013 ($70): The Eden Valley is producing some amazing fruit, and it's being made into some great wine, like this bottling from Heirloom.  Bold black fruit, menthol, orange zest and spice aromas lead to a palate that's deliciously dry and delivers the promise of the nose over firm structure that's going to need a few years to soften and give all its charms up fully.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Dandelion Vineyards, Edna Valley (Australia) Shiraz 'Red Queen of the Eden Valley' 2012 ($85): This spicy, pricy shiraz from Dandelion shows an inviting nose of violets and spice, with lovely notes on the palate of blueberry and raspberry and a hint of white pepper. The tannins are nicely integrated and the wine is supple and juicy of the palate. It finishes with tremendous persistence.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  95 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Alpha Crucis, McLaren Vale (Australia) Shiraz Titan 2013 ($24): "When you see the Southern Cross for the first time…" you may want to have a bottle of this along with you - in addition to pointing out the location of the star Alpha Crucis on the label, it's a fine glass of wine at a steal of a price.  Bright black cherry, blackberry and tar aromas lead to a palate that shows the lighter side of Aussie Shiraz - racy acidity keeps the well translated flavors lively and extends the integrated finish for a good while.  "What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten" and you'll have no trouble remembering this wine. Well Done!  And thanks to CSN&Y.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

 

Wakefield / Taylors, South Australia (Australia) Unwooded Chardonnay Promised Land 2014 ($10, Hess): I've taken some grief for scoring wines in this price range at this level, but when a wine of this quality pops itself up in a blind tasting and has agreement from a panel of judges, and it hits my markers, I'm happy to stand by it.  This is a refreshing wine with a bright nose of flowers, lemon, apple and a little guava, followed by a palate that's silky on entry, delivers the aromas as flavors, and finishes long and zesty.  More wines of this quality at this price would be welcome!  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

CHILE

Carmen, Colchagua Valley (Chile) Carmenere Alpalta Vineyard Gran Reserva 2012 ($15, Trinchero Vineyards): Tasters seem to agree that Carmenere from Chile makes itself known in the glass more than any other red wine on earth. This wine trumpets the fact, with signature meatiness and bell pepper character over black cherry and brown spice, all delivered with moderate tannins and a firm finish that keeps the flavors lingering.  I'm thinking an herbaceous beef preparation will make a great match.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

ITALY

Banfi, Brachetto d'Acqui (Piedmont, Italy) 'Rosa Regale' 2013 ($20): This gem of a bubbly is from northern Italy's Piedmont region and is made in a slightly sweet style with low alcohol. The signature of Brachetto is vivid, pure strawberry and red raspberry fruit. The wine finishes clean despite its sweetness because of a bit of lingering tannin. What is remarkable is that this wine works as an aperitif or with fruit-based desserts after dinner. And it is a marriage made in heaven with chocolate.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Castello Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) 2010 ($75, Banfi Vintners): The heralded 2010 vintage in Tuscany is all that it's cracked up to be in this powerful Brunello -- Banfi's "regular" bottling.  Deep cherry, sage, tobacco, brown spice and earth come through in scent and flavor, with a long, leathery finish with grip that pulls it all together.  This is very nice now with a long decant, and will age for years and years.  I can't wait to taste Banfi's reserve bottlings!  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

Banfi, Chianti Classico DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) Riserva 2011 ($19): No winery in Tuscany's Chianti Classico district is delivering more bang for the buck than Banfi. The 2011 Riserva offers the classic aroma of black cherry, with an inviting floral note and firm acidity that gives it the backbone to tackle savory Tuscan meat and pasta dishes. Banfi is best known for its fine Brunello from Montalcino, but in recent years has ventured quite successfully into the world of top-notch Chianti.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.    94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Castello Banfi, Toscana IGT (Italy) 'Belnero' 2011 ($29): As so-called "super Tuscans" go, Castello Banfi's Belnero is modestly priced. As delicious, high-quality red wines go, you might say the same thing. The 2011 Belnero is a dynamic Tuscan red, packed with black cherry fruit and spice, a hint of anise and vanilla, and firm backbone. It is 100 percent sangiovese that gives much more expensive Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico Riserva a run for its money. One of the finest vintages yet from Belnero.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.    94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Bolla, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC (Veneto, Italy) 2009 ($42): No winery in Italy has made greater strides in the quality arena over the past ten years than Bolla, a pillar of the Valpolicella region. The stunning turnaround in quality and fortunes is embodied in its flagship Amarone. The 2009 vintage shows richness and balance, with aromas of dried raisins and licorice, hints of vanilla, and supple tannins. The wine finishes with tremendous elegance and length.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.    95 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Sartori, Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC (Veneto, Italy) 2012 ($15): This isn't your father's Valpolicella. The pale, thin, uninteresting Valpolicellas of the past are now squarely in the rear-view mirror, having been replaced by a new generation of Valpolicellas that have depth, structure, balance and charm. This vintage from Sartori is a beautiful example of the modern Valpolicella. The red-fruited aromas are pure and intense, buttressed by firm acidity that will not only pair nicely with Italian sausages and tomato-based dishes, but also extend its shelf life. Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 
94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

NEW ZEALAND

Giesen, Marlborough (New Zealand) Pinot Noir Waihopai Vineyard 2012 ($65): I recently had the opportunity to taste this wine with Theo Giesen, and I'm not surprised at all to see it rise to the top in a blind tasting of Pinot Noir from several regions.  Aromas of strawberry, cherry, mushroom, mild cola, soft fall spice and damp earth are translated beautifully on the palate, in a soft, elegant package that is ready to drink right now.  If you're a fan of the red fruit side of Pinot, you'll want to give this one a look. A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Giesen, Marlborough (New Zealand) Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 'The Brothers; 2012 ($40): A stunning dessert wine that's ready to pair with bold cheeses or an apricot upsidedown cake.  Dried apricot, toffee and faint smoky aromas all come through as flavors on the palate, with enough acidity to balance the sweetness and not so much as to add sharp edges.  You may want to skip the pairing idea altogether and let this stand on its own.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 97 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Te'a Roa, Marlborough (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($13): This vintage of Te'a Roa shows the trademark pungency of Marlborough with an intense whiff of gooseberry and citrus. It is crisp, fresh and clean on the finish.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   91 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

SPAIN

H & G, Priorat (Spain) 2010 ($15): Wine of this quality is almost non-existent at this price point.  A deep nose of blackberry, black cherry, citrus zest and pie spice lead to a wonderfully dry palate that delivers the nose and adds vibrant white pepper and a touch of dill.  You'll need some food to balance the grip -- something like a grilled ribeye with olive oil, salt and pepper will be elevated, and you can go for the thick cut with what you saved on the wine!  Contains 50% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and 10% Syrah.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

UNITED STATES

California:

Shenandoah Vineyards, Amador County (California) Carignane 2012 ($18): An argument can be made that there isn't enough Carignane being bottled as a stand-alone varietal wine thanks to wines like this one. The fruit shows its Amador roots, coming from Rocky Top vineyard's 60 year old vines, and it delivers huge cherry cola aromas, peppery cherry and spice flavors and a long finish with a firm grip throughout.  Grilled steak, braised short ribs or a blackened fish dish will work well.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 96 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Jeff Cohn Cellars, California (United States) 'The Impostor' 2013 ($35): A name like The Impostor might suggest to you that this wine isn't what it appears to be, when in fact it delivers exactly what you'd expect from the blend. It presents immediately as a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah, with aromas of black fruit, pepper and tar up front and a floral top note.  It's dry and deep on the palate, with nice aroma to flavor delivery, and a long finish with moderate grip and nice oak spice.  This is ready for a bold red meat dish.  I liked the 2012 bottling, and this is a step up.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Barefoot Cellars, California (United States) Shiraz NV ($7): No winery in America delivers better value than Barefoot Cellars. Winemaker Jennifer Wall and her team are master blenders, crafting excellent wines that most anyone can afford while not sacrificing flavor and body. This inexpensive syrah shows juicy blueberry fruit, excellent weight and length on the palate, and excellent balance. The finish has good persistence. A complete red wine at an outstanding price.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  90 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Crooked Vine, Livermore Valley (California) 'Moxie' 2012 ($34): A beautiful red from the Livermore Valley, one of California's most underrated appellations, the Moxie from Crooked Vine exhibits intense aromas of blackberry and plum, with a back note of cedar and spice. It is firmly structured and will likely improve as it ages over the next six to nine years.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.
94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Amizetta Estate, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($75): This is a powerhouse offering from Amizetta. Rich and dense of the palate, it shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackberry and cassis. With a touch of wood smoke to add complexity, and a note of cedar, this is a masterpiece of a Cabernet from the Napa Valley, where Cab is king. Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  97 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Thornton Winery, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($29): There is much to be said for Cabernet Sauvignon with age, and Thornton Winery says it. This winery is located in the southern California appellation of Temecula, but winemaker David Vergari spent part of his career in Napa and knows the terrain. This bottling shines because the rough edges are gone, the tannins are sweet and supple, and the fruit is allowed to shine.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

V. Sattui, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon Preston Vineyard 2011 ($60): This wine has now won a Platinum award at the San Diego International Wine Competition and the more recent 2015 Winemaker Challenge. It's easy to see why. Richly layered black fruits are supported by firm tannins that offer the promise of long life. The oak is well judged, lending nuances of spice and cedar. And the balance and length in the mouth are exquisite. 94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

J. Lohr, Paso Robles (California) 'Cuvee St. E' 2011 ($50): One of three of the J. Lohr "homage to Bordeaux" bottlings, this Right Bank styled wine is a fitting tribute to St. Emilion, showing aromas of blackberry, currants, saddle, dry earth and dried herbs.  The palate is mineral driven, with dust and stone balanced by blackberry and brown spice that are already extremely well integrated and finishes long and complex.  I've been very impressed with J. Lohr wines from 2011.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   96 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

J. Lohr, Paso Robles (California) Petite Sirah Tower Road 2012 ($35): J. Lohr made a big splash at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, with four Platinum Awards.  This Petite Sirah shows power and grace, with deep blackberry, plum, vanilla and brown spice aromas leading to a mouthful of structured tannins, blue and black berry fruit, subtle pepper and moderate oak toast.  This is a long term ager, or you can give it a long decant now and serve it with moderate strength cheeses.  Very solid Petite Sirah! 95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

J. Lohr, Paso Robles (California) Syrah 'Gesture' 2012 ($30): A new venture into Rhone varieties is off to a great start at J. Lohr with this Syrah that brings blackberry, black pepper, tar and soft fall spice in aroma and flavor, with supple tannins and a long finish with enough grip to suggest serving with something gamey -- wild boar or roast pheasant will be enhanced with this wine.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

J. Lohr, Saint Helena (Napa Valley, California) Cabernet Sauvignon Carol's Vineyard 2012 ($40): J. Lohr has been sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard for a while now, and this bottling really shows that they've paid close attention to how to handle it. It's the best I've tasted to date, showing classic Napa character with blackberry, currants, faint dried herbs, pepper and moderate oak spice in both aroma and flavor profiles, with supple tannins, food friendly acidity and a long finish.  I'd let this age a few years for full integration.  Very well made, and a Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 95 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

R & B Cellars, Sierra Foothills (California) Syrah 2011 ($20): This is a savory syrah from the Sierra Foothills, perfect for the summer grilling season with smoky, charred steaks. It shows juicy red fruit aroma with a back note of dried herbs and spice. A steal at the price.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.
94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Lafond, Sta. Rita Hills (Santa Barbara County, California) Pinot Noir Lafond Vineyard 2011 ($55): The Sta. Rita Hills produce some of California's most intensely flavored Pinots and this 2011 from Lafond winery's Lafond Vineyard is an excellent example. Rich, supple and luxurious on the palate, it shows flashy strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas that carry through a long, persistent finish. The wine is well balanced and beautifully structured, a true gem from the 2011 vintage.  Winner of a Platinum award at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.
94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Hart Winery, Temecula Valley (California) Mourvedre 'Vineyard Select' 2012 ($28): The red fruit side of Mourvedre is on display here, with macerated strawberry, soft vanilla and white pepper on the nose and in the mouth, with just a touch of smoky oak adding interest. Try this where you would use a Pinot Noir, but need a little pepper character to match your dish.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Thornton Winery, California (United States) Brut Rose NV ($38): Thornton Winery in Temecula was long the leader in sparkling wine produced in Southern California when the Texan Jon McPherson held forth as the winemaker. The program suffered to say the least after McPherson departed to launch the South Coast winery nearby. Winemaker David Vergari was brought in a few years ago to get Thornton back on track and it's safe to say this beautifully structured rose is the finest sparkling wine Thornton has made since the McPherson era. It is 100 percent Syrah and recently was Best of Show sparkling wine at the annual Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Tangent, Edna Valley (California) Viognier Paragon Vineyard 2013 ($20): Christian Roguenant is perhaps the most versatile winemaker in California. The Burgundy-born Roguenant made brilliant sparkling wine at one time at Maison Deutz, which no longer exists. He later made his mark with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Baileyana, which he still does. And lately he's been blowing us away with some of the most scintillating aromatic white wines in America with Zocker and Tangent. This Tangent Viognier shows an intense nose of honeysuckle and stone fruit. On the palate it offers mouth-watering acidity and wonderful length, with a long, lingering finish. It's one of the finest California Viogniers I've ever tasted.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   95 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Oak Farm Vineyards, Lodi (California) Albarino 2014 ($19): Albariño is beginning to expand its California footprint beyond the Central Coast, with a few examples now starting to hit the marketplace from unexpected areas.  This Lodi bottling shows peach, nectarine, lychee, white flowers and stony minerality aromas and flavors, with good viscosity on entry followed by a bright acid pop that helps bring out a touch of fresh herb.  This will make a great seafood accompaniment, from shellfish to halibut.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino (California) Pinot Blanc 2014 ($15): Navarro continues to be one of America's premiere producers of aromatic white wines. Located in Mendocino County and close to the Pacific, the conditions are conducive for whites that are fresh, floral and crisp. This vintage of Pinot Blanc shows mouth-watering pear and apple fruit on the palate and a long, clean finish.  Platinum winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Ledson Winery & Vineyard, Russian River Valley (California) Chardonnay 2013 ($38): I don't get too many Chardonnays passing my desk that have this kind of acidity.  This will cut the thickest white sauce based meals with ease while delivering tart apple, lemon and mild fresh herb tones and a touch of flint.  This has the structure for aging, and I see it benefitting with at least three years more in bottle.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Maurice Carrie Winery, Temecula Valley (California) Gewurztraminer 2014 ($20): Very balanced for a wine at four percent residual sugar. Jasmine, lychee, tangerine & spice aromas are translated directly to flavors, with vibrant acidity handling the sweetness with ease and extending the finish while a note of nectarine comes forward.  A great summer sipper or a pairing solution for dried fruit and nuts.  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

New York:

Wolffer Estate, The Hamptons (New York) Diosa Late Harvest Wine 2012 ($37): Wolffer's big wine is Merlot, but winemaker Roman Roth has talents in other areas as well. Diosa is a late-harvest blend of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Vignoles. On the nose is shows honey and bees wax, with a hint of rose petal. On the palate it is balanced, showing notes of apricot, peach and pear with good sweetness without being cloying. Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   95 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Rhode Island:

Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, Rhode Island (United States) Estate 'Prana' NV ($20): Rhode Island, you say?  This is a beautiful blend of Vidal Blanc and Gewurztraminer shows bright jasmine, lychee, mixed stone fruit and spice on the nose and in the mouth, with a soft mouthfeel, bright acid and a long elegant finish -- I'm seeing several bottles of this sailing out of Providence this summer…  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

Virginia:

Chateau Morrisette, American (United States) 'Our Dog Blue' NV ($11): Primarily riesling (65 percent) this unusual blend from Chateau Morrisette in Virginia offers mouth-watering aromas of pineapple and pear. The wine is well balanced and clean, with fresh, pure flavors and a refreshing finish that begs another sip.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.  94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

 

Wisconsin:

Villa Bellezza, Upper Mississippi River Valley (Wisconsin) 'Cinque Figlie' 2013 ($25): Slightly sweet but exceptionally well balanced, Villa Bellezza's Cinque Figlie exhibits pure red-fruit aromas that coat the palate, with excellent weight and length and a long, spicy finish.  Platinum award winner of the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.
94 Robert Whitley Mar 24, 2015

Villa Bellezza Winery & Vineyards, Upper Mississippi River Valley (Wisconsin) Frontenac Gris Icewine 2013 ($35): Okay, this is the second review I've written on a Frontenac in as many weeks. Could this be a sign?  This white strain of this native American grape makes for a very interesting icewine, showing aromas of intensely concentrated apricot and caramel, which come through as equally intense flavors expressed through perfectly balanced acidity.  I'm reminded of a breakfast of crepes and peaches with light brown sugar.  Pair this wine with it and call it retirement dining!  A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Rich Cook Mar 24, 2015

 

 

 

 


 

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