Winemaking Awards And Review Highlights

 

Partial List:  These represent some highlights to date of my currently released work as Winemaker (and Partner) for all Windsor Oaks Estate production and bottlings, 2005 - 2011 vintages.  (Many wines not yet released.)

All are 100% Estate grown & bottled wines using my personally selected vineyard blocks, clones and hand-crafted artisan winemaking techniques to show both terroir and vintage characters for each varietal.

2013 Wine & Spirits “Top 10 Red Blends” June 2013

2009 Super Tuscan Style Blend, Chalk Hill  Rated “Appealingly fresh…lasting red berry and darker plum…clean, plush, delicious,” 91 points, Top 10 red non-Bordeaux blends of past year.

2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley - Gold
  • 2009 Malbec, Mountainside Block 35, Chalk Hill – Gold
  • 2009 Super Tuscan Blend, Chalk Hill  - Gold

2012 Wine & Spirits “Year’s Best Sauvignon Blanc” June 2012

2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley – Rated “exceptional,” 90 points, tie #3 of 235 wines published

 2012 / 2013 Wine Enthusiast - November 2012 & Spring Issues 2013

2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Rated “So rich and ripe…Showy and flashy…raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors, with a jacket of smoky oak,” 90 points

2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Rated “Great structure, fine acidity. Ripe black cherries, cherry liqueur,” 90 points

2009 Reserve Pinot Noir, 4 Dijon Clones – Rated “rich, fruity Dijon flavors…silky, delicious, fun to drink,” 90 points

 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir, 4 Dijon Clones – Rated “textbook Russian River Pinot Noir,” 91 points

2007 Clonal Series of Pinot Noirs: 2 Dijon Clones, 3 Dijon Clones and Clone 459 – Rated “ripe, pure fruit…silky textures…rich flavors…spicy with sweet oak note…polished, dry elegant wine with good acidity,” each 89 points 

2011 Pinot Noir, 4 Dijon Clones (personally fermented / preblended, but not bottled at time of Winery sale) – Rated “fresh jammy berry flavors, spice and juicy acidity,” 90 points

2013 San Diego International Wine Competition

2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - Gold (Being released under Windsor Oaks’ Balverne brand, Fall 2013 as flagship red)

2013 Riverside International Wine Competition

2010 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - Gold

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar  June 2012

2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Rated “Opulent cherry pie, dark berry liqueur, woodsmoke, vanilla, with a peppery overtone. Fleshy…broad, palate-coating dark fruit and mocha flavors...Soft tannins shape the long finish,” 90 points

2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

  • 2008 Malbec, Mountainside Block 35, Chalk Hill – Gold
  • 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir “Vin Gris” – Gold
  • 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay - Gold

2011 International Women's Wine Competition

  • 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley - Best of Show, All White Wines, Best of Class and Double Gold
  • 2008 Pinot Noir 4-Dijon Clone, Russian River Valley - Best of Class, All Pinot Noir $30 - $80
  • 2009 Late Harvest Zinfandel, Russian River Valley - Gold

2011 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition

  • 2009 Reserve Zinfandel, Russian River Valley  - "Chairman's Choice" Best of Class - Double Gold
  • 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill  - "Chairman's Choice" Best of Class - Double Gold
  • 2008 Super Tuscan Blend, Chalk Hill  - "Chairman's Choice" Best of Class - Double Gold
  • 2010 Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley  - Gold

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2009 Vin Gris, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley  - Double Gold and Best of Class
  • 2007 Pinot Noir 5-Dijon Clone, Russian River Valley  - Gold
  • 2008 Malbec, Mountainside Block 35, Chalk Hill – Gold

2010 National Women's Wine Competition

  • 2007 Super Tuscan Blend, Chalk Hill  - FedEx Judges' Choice (Best of Show), Women Winemakers' Challenge
  • 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley  - Double Gold
  • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill Gold
  • 2007 Malbec, Mountainside Block 35, Chalk Hill – Gold

2010 West Coast Wine Competition

  • 2007 Malbec, Mountainside Block 35, Chalk Hill – Gold

2010 North of the Gate Wine Competition

  • 2009 Unoaked Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – Double Gold,  Best of Class

2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • 2007 Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley  - Gold
  • 2007 Pinot Noir 3 Dijon Clones, Russian River Valley  - Gold
  • 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill  - Gold

2009 National Women's Wine Competition

  • 2006 Super Tuscan Blend, Chalk Hill  - FedEx Judges' Choice (Best of Show), Women Winemakers' Challenge

2008 Colorado State Fair

  • 2006 Pinot Noir - Overall Competition Best of Show - All Wines, Best of Show - All Reds, Best of Class
  • 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley  - Gold

2008 Pacific Rim International Competition

  • 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley - Double Gold and Best of Class

2008 West Coast Wine Competition

  • 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley  - Double Gold

2008 National Women's Wine Competition

  • 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley –Grand Sweepstakes First Runner Up, Double Gold and Best of Class

2008 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

  • 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill  - Gold

2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits

  • 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley  - Gold
  • 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill  - Gold
  • 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - Gold

2007 Colorado State Fair

  • Late Harvest Zinfandel, Russian River Valley  - Best of Class, Best of Show - Dessert Wines

2006 Long Beach Grand Cru

  • Late Harvest Zinfandel, Russian River Valley  - Best of Class - Dessert Wines