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McFadden Awards + Reviews

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Awards, Ratings, and Reviews for Current McFadden Vineyard Wines


 

NV McFadden Sparkling Cuvee Brut


GOLD MEDAL – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

Silver Medal – 2016 Grand Harvest Challenge

Silver Medal – 2016 Mendocino County Fair

GOLD MEDAL, Best Of Class Of Region, 94 Points – 2016 CA State Fair

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 New York International Wine Competition

Silver Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition 

Silver Medal – 2016 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition

Silver Medal – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards

Silver Medal – 2016 North of the Gate

DOUBLE GOLD – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

DOUBLE GOLD 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 

BEST OF SHOW 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

•BEST OF CLASS – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
•BEST OF CLASS - 2015 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition

98 Points - BEST OF SHOW – 2014 CA State Fair Wine Competition

DOUBLE GOLD – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL – 2013 Mendocino County Wine Competition
DOUBLE GOLD - 2012 Mendocino County Wine Competition
 

97 Points - “Pretty aromas of green apple, grapefruit, pineapple/tropical fruit, nuts, floral elements/rose petal, and vanilla cream. Everything is delivered on the palate in a wonderfully-balanced, crisp, refreshing sparkler. One of the best New World sparklers we’ve tasted.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
90 Points – “Fine, dry and persistent with notes of lemon zest, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla pudding and honeycomb.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape
•89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine “
This wine is a light gold color, with appetizing pear and crisp apple aromas. Firm acidity, a lively texture and absolutely fresh flavors make it a pleasure to drink.” –Jim Gordon
•88 Points   – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines “Although at first hinting of lemons and chalk in a way that suggests Blanc de Blancs, this well-crafted sparkler broadens slightly as it goes and takes on a nice touch of cream and quiet toastiness. Its ample bubbles may fade just a bit, but its calcium and lemon-cream flavors do not, and it finishes on a pleasant, minerally note that invites service with oysters on the half-shell.”
Top 8 America Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving- Forbes.com

 


Chardonnay


Silver Medal – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail

Silver Medal, 88 Points – 2016 California State Fair - 2015 Blue Quail 

Bronze Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition - 2015 Blue Quail 

Silver Medal – 2016 New York International Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards- 2014 Blue Quail

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition  -  2014 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition-  2014 Blue Quail 

Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition -  2014 McFadden 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards - 2014 McFadden
98 Points – “
All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on.” – Jenna Corwine, JWP/Wine X
90 Points – “Crisp and delicious with notes of yellow apple, Bosc pear, and dried mango.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 


Sauvignon Blanc


BEST OF CLASS – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Mendocino County Fair - 2015 Blue Quail

Silver Medal, 87 Points – 2016 California State Fair - 2015 Blue Quail 

Bronze Medal – 2016 New York International Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards- 2014 McFadden 

Silver Medal –2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2014 Blue Quail

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition- 2014 McFadden

GOLD MEDAL 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2014 McFadden

Silver Medal – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition- 2014 Blue Quail

Bronze Medal – 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge- 2014 Blue Quail

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards - 2014 McFadden

98 Points – “Fresh grapefruit, lemon/lime, melon, orange blossoms, lemongrass and stone fruit. Crisp, clean and well-balanced, with nice vibrant fruit on the palate leading to a fruit-filled long, lingering finish.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X- 2014 Blue Quail
•88 Points – “Soft, crisp and fresh with notes of green apple, lemon tart, violet and spring peas.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 


Pinot Gris


Bronze Medal – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail

Silver Medal – 2016 Mendocino County Fair - 2015 Blue Quail

GOLD MEDAL  – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition - 2015 Blue Quail

Silver Medal – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards- 2015 Blue Quail 

Silver Medal – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition - 2014 McFadden 

Silver Medal – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition-  2014 Blue Quail 

Silver Medal – 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge- 2014 Blue Quail 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards - 2014 McFadden
98 Points – 2016 JustWinePoints.com- 2015 Blue Quail
 

95 Points – “Pretty nose of citrus, pear, apple and peach, nicely complemented by floral blossoms and clove. Crisp, clean and well-balanced on the palate, this is a fruit-forward wine, with a long, lingering finish.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X- 2014 Blue Quail
•88 POINTS – “Soft and gingery with notes of bosc pear, golden delicious apple, nutmeg and daffodil.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 


Riesling


DOUBLE GOLD – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail

Bronze Medal, 85 Points – 2016 California State Fair - 2015 Blue Quail

Bronze Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition - 2015 Blue Quail

Bronze Medal – 2016 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition- 2015 Blue Quail 

•Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2014 McFadden 

92 Points – 2016 JustWinePoints.com- 2015 Blue Quail 

93 Points – “Pretty floral/blossom notes mingle with apricots, honey, peach skin, pear, mango and apple rind. Nicely balanced, smooth and sweet, with a full mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
•89 Points – “Zippy, weighty and slightly sweet with notes of lemon, green apple, and apricot.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 


Late Harvest Riesling 375ml


GOLD MEDAL – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2011 McFadden

Silver Medal – 2016 Grand Harvest Challenge – 2011 McFadden 

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Mendocino County Fair - 2011 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition – 2011 McFadden 

FOUR STAR GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition - 2011 McFadden
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition -
2011 McFadden
GOLD MEDAL – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition -
2011 McFadden 

Silver Medal – 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge - 2011 McFadden 

BEST OF CLASS AWARD - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2011 McFadden
Silver Medal – 2013 Orange County Wine Competition -
2011 McFadden
90 Points - Silver Medal – 2013 CA State Fair Wine Competition -
2011 McFadden
94 Points - “Pretty floral/blossom notes mingle with apricots, honey, peach skin, pear, mango and apple rind. Nicely balanced, smooth and sweet, with a full mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
•87 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine “A botrytis-blessed Riesling with 10.2 residual sugar, this dessert wine is decadent in stone fruit and sweet honey, with balanced acidity and a long finish.” –Virginie Boone

 


Gewurztraminer


Silver Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition – 2013 McFadden

Silver Medal– 2016 North of the Gate- 2013 McFadden

Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition -  2013 McFadden 

Silver Medal – 2014 Grand Harvest Awards - 2013 McFadden
Silver Medal – 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge -
2013 McFadden

90 PointsEDITORS’ CHOICE – Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Definitely dry, this wine conveys precise rose petal, lychee fruit and Gravenstein apple aromas and flavors and a lively texture. Because it’s rich in body, flavors linger on the finish. It will make a great apéritif with such appetizers as goat cheese toasts and roasted almonds “ – Jim Gordon
96 Points – “Aromas of floral spices/blossoms, honeysuckle, white pepper and hints of ginger complement peach, green/red apple, apricot, pear and stone fruit. Crisp, clean and very refreshing, this dry wine is well-balanced and offers a wonderful lingering tart finish.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
•88 Points - Silver Medal – 2014 CA State Fair Wine Competition

 


Pinot Noir


Bronze Medal – 2016 Grand Harvest Challenge - 2013 McFadden
 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Mendocino County Fair - 2014 Blue Quail 

Silver Medal – 2016 Mendocino County Fair - 2013 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Orange County Wine Competition - 2014 Blue Quail 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards- 2013 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2013 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition- 2013 Blue Quail 

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition - 2013 McFadden 

Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2013 McFadden 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards - 2013 McFadden 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge- 2013 Blue Quail
96 Points – “Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied, this wine is still young, with nice but tight-ish fruit flavors leading to a slightly sticky finish. It did open-up well overnight, so a little decanting and this wine should blossom.” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
•88 Points – “Lightly fruity and tart with notes of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, red rose, violet, cedar and cacao nibs.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 


Old Vine Zinfandel


GOLD MEDAL – 2016 International Craft Competition Awards- 2012 McFadden 

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition-  2013 Blue Quail 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards -  2012 McFadden 

96 Points – “Candied raspberry, cherry and strawberry aromas mingle with herbaceous black pepper spice and light amounts on vanilla and oak. If you want a huge, chewy, jammy zin, this is not your wine. This is a light-to-medium-bodied, food-friendly wine that’s well-balanced and exhibits great zin character without all of the heavy baggage most zins have these days. “-Just Wine Points/Wine X - 2013 Blue Quail 

95 Points - “Raspberry, cherry, strawberry and brambleberry aromas mingle with herbaceous black pepper spice and light amounts on vanilla and oak. This is a well-structured, medium-bodied, food-friendly wine that’s well-balanced and exhibits great zin character without all of the heavy baggage most zins have these days..” – Jenna Corwin, JWP/Wine X
88 Points – “Light, tart, and fresh with notes of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Perfect for BBQ.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape 

•86 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine – 2013 Blue Quail
•Jon Bonne, wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, put a wine made from McFadden Farm Old Vine Zinfandel grapes on his TOP 100 WINES of 2012 List
•Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Recommended Producer” of Zinfandel , California's Zinfandel Hot Spots by editors Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone

 

Rose

 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition- 2015 Fontaine Dry Rose 

96 Points – 2016 JustWinePoints.com- 2015 Fontaine Dry Rose

 

 

CORO Mendocino

 

Silver Medal – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2012 CORO