The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016

This year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was the not only the largest competition of its kink in the world, it broke its own record for the number of wines entered. Over 7,000 wines from across the country competed for awards in a dizzying number of categories. We were thrilled to learn that some of our favorite wineries won awards!

So how do we define our “favorite” wineries? All of the wineries that we have visited are our favorites, of course! Less favorite are the wineries that we haven’t visited yet. Simple, yet effective system, you must admit. Here is a list of award winning wines submitted by our favorite wineries. If something catches your eye, just click on the winery’s name to see our review. Apologies in advance for the inevitable mistakes. Sorting through massive lists is not really my strong suit.

IMG_31183 Steves Winery

2013 Three Brunettes received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $35.00 – $39.99
2013 Three Cabs received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $35.00 – $39.99
2013 Cabernet Franc received a Double Gold award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $43.00 – $46.99
NV Three Blondes received a Bronze award for White Blends – $20.00 and above

BallettoGlassBalletto Vineyards

2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $36.00 – $39.99
2014 Teresa’s Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $18.00 – $21.99
2013 Chardonnay received a Bronze award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2013 Chardonnay – Sexton Hill Vineyard received a Double Gold award for Chardonnay – $38.00 – $41.99
2014 Rose of Pinot Noir received a Double Gold award for Dry Rose/Blush – RS <.2499
2013 Gewurztraminer received a Bronze award for Gewurztraminer – $15.00 and above
2013 Pinot Gris received a Silver award for Pinot Gris/Grigio – $10.00 – $19.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Best of Class award for Pinot Noir – $28.00 – $31.99
2013 Pinot Noir – Winery Block received a Double Gold award for Pinot Noir – $40.00 – $43.99
2013 Pinot Noir – Cider Ridge Vineyard received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $40.00 – $43.99
2013 Pinot Noir – Burnside Road received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $40.00 – $43.99
2013 Syrah received a Best of Class award for Syrah/Shiraz – $25.00 – $28.99
2012 Zinfandel received a Bronze award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99

Bent Creek Wines

2013 Red on Red received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $25.00 – $29.99
2013 Cabernet Franc received a Double Gold award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $27.00 – $30.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $25.00 – $28.99
2013 Syrah received a Bronze award for Syrah/Shiraz – $25.00 – $28.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Double Gold award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Black Stallion Estate Winery

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Double Gold award for Cab Sauv – $27.00 – $30.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $67.00 and above
2012 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $67.00 and above
2014 Chardonnay received a Best of Class award for Chardonnay – $18.00 – $21.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $24.00 – $27.99
2014 Sauvignon Blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $23.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Bronze award for Syrah/Shiraz – $37.00 – $40.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $44.00 – $47.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $48.00 and above

Caddis Winery

2013 Red Blend received a Gold award for All Red Blends – $40.00 – $44.99
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Best of Class award for Cab Sauv – $43.00 – $46.99
2013 Merlot received a Bronze award for Merlot – $35.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Gold award for Syrah/Shiraz – $37.00 – $40.99
2012 Tempranillo received a Double Gold award for Tempranillo – $25.00 and above
2013 Zinfandel received a Bronze award for Zinfandel – $44.00 – $47.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Caliza Winery

2013 Companion received a Double Gold award for All Red Blends – $45.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $41.00 and above
2014 Kissin’ Cousins – Rhone White Blend received a Bronze award for White Blends – $20.00 and above

Charles R Vineyards

2012 Barbera received a Silver award for Barbera – $20.00 and above
2010 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $29.00 – $32.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Concannon Vineyards

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $10.00 – $14.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $39.00 – $42.99
2013 Chardonnay received a Gold award for Chardonnay – $14.00 – $17.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $0.00 – $24.99
2010 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $33.00 and above

Crooked Vine Winery

2013 Moxie received a Silver award for Bordeaux Blends – $37.00 – $42.99
2013 Cabernet Franc received a Silver award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Double Gold award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $51.00 – $54.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $33.00 and above
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $36.00 – $39.99
2014 Fume Blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $23.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Gold award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99
2014 Viognier received a Double Gold award for Viognier – $25.00 and above

Cuda Ridge Winery

2013 Cabernet Franc received a Silver award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2013 Malbec received a Gold award for Malbec – $25.00 and above
2013 Merlot received a Gold award for Merlot – $27.00 – $30.99
2013 Petit Verdot received a Gold award for Petit Verdot

HollyDanteDoorDante Robere Vineyards

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2013 Dante’s Inferno received a Silver award for Rhone Blends – $30.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99
2013 Syrah received a Bronze award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99

Darcie Kent Vineyards

2013 Firepit received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $30.00 – $34.99
2012 Choreography received a Silver award for Bordeaux Blends – $37.00 – $42.99
2012 Crown Block received a Silver award for Bordeaux Blends – $43.00 – $48.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $18.00 – $21.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $30.00 – $33.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Bronze award for Pinot Noir – $28.00 – $31.99

d’Art Wines

2013 Barbera received a Gold award for Barbera – $20.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $23.00 – $26.99
2014 Sangiovese received a Bronze award for Sangiovese – $20.00 and above
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Eagle Ridge Vineyard

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $31.00 – $34.99
2011 Petite Sirah received a Double Gold award for Petite Sirah – $29.00 – $32.99
2012 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $28.00 – $31.99

Fenestra Winery

2012 Graciano received a Best of Class award for All Other Red Varietals
2010 Conjugation received a Bronze award for Bordeaux Blends – $37.00 – $42.99
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2011 Grenanche received a Double Gold award for Grenache – $20.00 and above
2011 Malbec received a Silver award for Malbec – $25.00 and above
2014 Verdelho received a Gold award for Other White Varietals
2012 Petite Sirah received a Bronze award for Petite Sirah – $25.00 – $28.99
2012 Infrared received a Silver award for Rhone Blends – $30.00 and above
2014 Riesling received a Silver award for Riesling – Sweet RS > 2.00
2011 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $25.00 – $28.99
2011 Tempranillo received a Gold award for Tempranillo – $0.00 – $24.99
2011 Tempranillo received a Silver award for Tempranillo – $25.00 and above
2014 Semonnay received a Bronze award for White Blends – $0.00 – $19.99

Garre Vineyard and Winery

2011 Tres Rouge received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $20.00 – $24.99
2013 Nonnas Rosso received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $20.00 – $24.99
2010 Primitivo received a Bronze award for Primitivo

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Gary Farrell Winery

2013 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $34.00 – $37.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $44.00 – $47.99

Gianelli Vineyards

2012 Barbera received a Silver award for Barbera – $20.00 and above
2010 Dolcetto received a Bronze award for Dolcetto

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Graton Ridge Cellars

2014 Chardonnay received a Gold award for Chardonnay – $34.00 – $37.99
2014 Petite Sirah received a Double Gold award for Petite Sirah – $33.00 and above
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $44.00 – $47.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $48.00 – $51.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $52.00 and above
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $48.00 and above

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Halter Ranch Winery

2013 Ancestor received a Gold award for Bordeaux Blends – $55.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2014 Grenache Blanc received a Silver award for Other White Varietals
2013 CDP received a Gold award for Rhone Blends – $30.00 and above
2013 Syrah received a Gold award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99

Harmony Cellars

NV Repertoire received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $20.00 – $24.99
2014 White Riesling received a Silver award for Riesling – Medium RS 1.00 – 1.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $20.00 – $23.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Harney Lane Winery

2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $22.00 – $25.99
2014 Albarino received a Bronze award for Muscat/Albarino/Chenin Blanc
2013 Petite Sirah received a Gold award for Petite Sirah – $25.00 – $28.99
2013 Tempranillo received a Silver award for Tempranillo – $25.00 and above
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $20.00 – $23.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $36.00 – $39.99

Inner Sanctum Cellars

2013 The Don received a Silver award for Barbera – $20.00 and above
2013 The Beginning “Reserve” received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $31.00 – $34.99
2014 Mateo the Matador received a Bronze award for Other White Varietals

John Evan Cellars

2012 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $41.00 and above

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Korbel Champagne Cellars

NV Chardonnay Champagne received a Gold award for Blanc de Blancs
NV Blanc de Noirs received a Silver award for Blanc de Noirs
NV Brut received a Sparkling Sweepstakes award for Brut
NV Brut received a Best of Class award for Brut
NV Brut received a Silver award for Brut
2012 Natural received a Silver award for Brut
NV Extra Dry received a Gold award for Other Sparkling
NV sweet Cuvee received a Silver award for Other Sparkling
NV Sweet Rose received a Bronze award for Other Sparkling
NV Brut Rose received a Bronze award for Other Sparkling

Longevity Winery

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Best of Class award for Cab Sauv – $27.00 – $30.99
2012 Grenache received a Silver award for Grenache – $20.00 and above
2011 deb-ru-vee’ received a Silver award for Rhone Blends – $30.00 and above

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Martin Ray Winery

2014 Chardonnay received a Gold award for Chardonnay – $34.00 – $37.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $52.00 and above

McGrail Vineyards

2013 Shamus Patrick Red Blend received a Bronze award for All Red Blends – $35.00 – $39.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $39.00 – $42.99

Mettler Family Vineyards

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $23.00 – $26.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Bronze award for Petite Sirah – $0.00 – $24.99

Mitchell Katz Winery

2013 Chardonnay received a Bronze award for Chardonnay – $34.00 – $37.99
2012 Merlot received a Silver award for Merlot – $31.00 – $34.99
2012 Petite Sirah received a Gold award for Petite Sirah – $33.00 and above
2013 Zinfandel Port received a Gold award for Port
2012 Sangiovese received a Bronze award for Sangiovese – $20.00 and above
2012 Sangiovese received a Bronze award for Sangiovese – $20.00 and above
2012 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Moshin Winery

2014 Gewurztraminer received a Silver award for Gewurztraminer – $15.00 and above
2012 Pinot Noir – Estate received a Bronze award for Pinot Noir – $36.00 – $39.99
2012 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $44.00 – $47.99

Murrieta’s Well Winery

2012 The Spur received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $25.00 – $29.99
2012 Los Tesoros Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $43.00 – $46.99
2013 The Whip received a Silver award for White Blends – $20.00 and above

Nottingham Cellars

2013 Supremacy received a Bronze award for Bordeaux Blends – $55.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Franc received a Silver award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $59.00 – $62.99
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $59.00 – $62.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2013 Malbec received a Gold award for Malbec – $25.00 and above

Occasio Winery

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $39.00 – $42.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2013 Merlot received a Silver award for Merlot – $35.00 and above

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Omega Cellars

2013 Syrah received a Silver award for Syrah/Shiraz – $33.00 – $36.99
2013 Malbec received a Bronze award for Malbec – $0.00 – $24.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $0.00 – $24.99

Page Mill Winery

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2014 Angela’s Cuvee received a Silver award for Dry Rose/Blush – RS <.2499
2013 Petite Sirah received a Gold award for Petite Sirah – $33.00 and above
2014 Pinot Noir received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $44.00 – $47.99
2014 Sauvignon Blanc received a Gold award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $15.00 – $18.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Silver award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99

Retzlaff Winery

2013 Merlot received a Silver award for Merlot – $27.00 – $30.99
2014 Sauvignon Blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $23.00 and above

Road House Winery

2014 Pinot noir received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $52.00 and above
2014 Pinot noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $52.00 and above
2014 Pinot Noir received a Bronze award for Pinot Noir – $52.00 and above

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Rock Wall Wine Company

2013 Tannat received a Best of Class award for All Other Red Varietals
2014 Super Alamedan received a Double Gold award for All Red Blends – $25.00 – $29.99
2013 Obsideana received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $25.00 – $29.99
2012 Baydeux Blen received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $25.00 – $29.99
2012 Le Mur de Roche received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $45.00 and above
2014 Blanc de Blancs received a Gold award for Blanc de Blancs
2014 Sparkling Grenache Rose received a Best of Class award for Other Sparkling
2014 Alverd received a Silver award for Other White Varietals
2014 Sauvignon Blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $15.00 – $18.99
2012 Jesse’s Zinfandel received a Double Gold award for Zinfandel – $28.00 – $31.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $40.00 – $43.99
2013 Monte Rosso Zinfandel received a Bronze award for Zinfandel – $44.00 – $47.99

Rubino Estates Winery

2012 Barbera received a Double Gold award for Barbera – $20.00 and above
2012 Sangiovese received a Bronze award for Sangiovese – $20.00 and above

Ruby Hill Winery

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Double Gold award for Cab Sauv – $27.00 – $30.99
2013 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $22.00 – $25.99

Seghesio Family Vineyards

2014 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $24.00 – $27.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $40.00 – $43.99

Stony Ridge Winery

2013 Trifecta received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $30.00 – $34.99
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $27.00 – $30.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Bronze award for Chardonnay – $22.00 – $25.99
2013 Petite Sirah received a Silver award for Petite Sirah – $29.00 – $32.99
2013 Syrah received a Gold award for Syrah/Shiraz – $29.00 – $32.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $28.00 – $31.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016Taft Street Winery

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Bronze award for Cab Sauv – $23.00 – $26.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $18.00 – $21.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Bronze award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2014 Rose of Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Dry Rose/Blush – RS <.2499
2013 Merlot received a Gold award for Merlot – $19.00 – $22.99
2014 Pinot Gris received a Gold award for Pinot Gris/Grigio – $10.00 – $19.99
2013 Pinot Noir received a Silver award for Pinot Noir – $24.00 – $27.99
2014 sauvignon blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $15.00 – $18.99
2013 Syrah received a Bronze award for Syrah/Shiraz – $0.00 – $24.99

The Chronicle Wine Competition 2016The Steven Kent Winery

2013 Cabernet Franc received a Gold award for Cab Franc – $25.00 and above
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $47.00 – $50.99
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $63.00 – $66.99

Wente Vineyards

2013 Artist Series GSM received a Silver award for All Red Blends – $45.00 and above
2013 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $15.00 – $$18.99
2014 Morning Fog Chardonnay received a Gold award for Chardonnay – $14.00 – $17.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Gold award for Chardonnay – $22.00 – $25.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Bronze award for Chardonnay – $22.00 – $25.99
2012 Sandstone Merlot received a Silver award for Merlot – $15.00 – $18.99
2013 Riva Ranch Pinot Noir received a Gold award for Pinot Noir – $28.00 – $31.99
2013 Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc received a Silver award for Sauvignon Blanc/Fume – $15.00 – $18.99

Wood Family Vineyards

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver award for Cab Sauv – $35.00 – $38.99
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold award for Cab Sauv – $51.00 – $54.99
2014 Chardonnay received a Silver award for Chardonnay – $26.00 – $29.99
2013 Zinfandel received a Gold award for Zinfandel – $32.00 – $35.99

 

Congratulations to all of the winners! We can’t wait to revisit our favorites and visit the rest of the winners to add them to our favorites list.

Cheers!

 


About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?

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