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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

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

BEST OF SHOW–  2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

DOUBLE GOLD– 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

DOUBLE GOLD 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

•BEST OF CLASS – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
•BEST OF CLASS - 2015 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
DOUBLE GOLD – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
DOUBLE GOLD - 2012 Mendocino County 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
GOLD MEDAL – 
2013 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.”
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2014 McFadden Chardonnay 
GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition

Silver Medal2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

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
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2014 McFadden Sauvignon Blanc 
GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition

GOLD MEDAL 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

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
88 Points – “Soft, crisp and fresh with notes of green apple, lemon tart, violet and spring peas.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape
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2014 McFadden Pinot Gris 
SILVER MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

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
88 POINTS – “Soft and gingery with notes of bosc pear, golden delicious apple, nutmeg and daffodil.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

 

                                                                               

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

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



2011 McFadden Late Harvest Riesling 375ml
BEST OF CLASS AWARD - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
FOUR STAR GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – 2014 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2013 Orange County Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
90 Points - Silver Medal – 2013 CA State Fair Wine Competition
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
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2013 McFadden Gewurztraminer 

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

Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
90 Points – EDITORS’ 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

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2013 McFadden Pinot Noir 

GOLD MEDAL – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

GOLD MEDAL – 2015 International Craft Wine Competition

Silver Medal- 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

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
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2012 McFadden Old Vine Zinfandel 

Bronze Medal – 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

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
•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

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