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Accolades

Bennett Valley wines are being recognized across the wine community.  Industry and consumer tastings, wine competitions, wine blogs and the traditional wine press - all are contributing to the growing opinion that this is an appellation on the rise.


Harvest Fair Gold -  Congratulations to member producers Alta Ridge Vineyards - 25 Brix and Bennett Valley Cellars.   Both were awarded Gold Medals for their wines at the 2010 Sonoma County Harvest Fair!

 


Congratulations to Russell Bevan of Westerhold Family Vineyards for taking home the coveted “Coat du Rhône” at the Syrah Shoot Out at this year’s Hospice du Rhone event in Paso Robles, California!  Winemakers came together to blind-taste and rate Syrahs made by their peers.   The winning wine was the 2007 Westerhold Family Vineyards Syrah from the Bennett Valley . For more information on the wine and the winemaker, visit the Westerhold Family Vineyards website.

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The following is a list of Bennett Valley wines scored 90 points
or greater by the wine press:

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2016

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2015 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Stack Vineyard 96pts
2013 Bevan Cellars Syrah, Moaveni Vineyard 99pts
2013 Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery, Res. Chardonnay, Ophira 90pts
2014 Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Kismet 90pts
2013 Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Merlot 94pts
2013 Jemrose Vineyards Grenache 92pts
2013 Jemrose Vineyards Syrah 93pts
2014 Jemrose Vineyards Viognier 91pts
2012 Westerhold Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Estate 92pts


Wine Spectator

2013 Jemrose Grenache, Foggy Know Vineyard 91pts


90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2015

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2013 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 97pts
2014 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 93pts
2012 Riverain Syrah, Cardiac Hill 94pts
2013 Riverain Syrah, Cardiac Hill 90pts

 

Wine Spectator

2012 Jemrose Grenache, Foggy Knoll Vineyard 93pts
2013 Flanagan Merlot, Estate 92pts
2012 Kendall-Jackson Merlot, Jackson Estate, Taylor Peak 92pts
2012 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 91pts
2012 Jemrose Merlot, Gloria’s Gem 91pts
2009 Westerhold Syrah 90pts
2012 Westerhold Pinot Noir 90pts

 

Wine Enthusiast

2013 Frostwatch Reserve Chardonnay, Ophira 94pts
2011 Red Car Syrah, Vivio Vineyard 94pts
2014 Grey Stack Sauvignon Blanc, Rosemary’s Block 92pts
2012 MacLaren Syrah, Bonnie Glen 92pts
2012 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 91pts
2013 E16 Pinot Noir, Bowland Ranch 91pts
2014 Frostwatch Sauvignon Blanc, Kismet 90pts
2013 Frostwatch Chardonnay 90pts
2013 Matanzas Creek Winery, Sauvignon Blanc 90pts
2013 Peoples Wine Revolution Syrah,
Three Rivers Ranch 90pts

 

Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine

2013 Frostwatch Chardonnay, Frostwatch Vineyard 92pts
2013 Frostwatch Chardonnay Reserve, Ophira 91pts
2012 MacLaren Syrah, Bonnie Glen 90pts

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2014

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Stack Vineyard 96pts
2012 Bevan Cellars Syrah, Moaveni Vineyard 99pts
2012 Flanagan Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 90pts
2012 Jemrose Vineyards Syrah 90pts
2012 Jemrose Vineyards Syrah/Merlot Gloria’s Gem 93pts
2013 Jemrose Vineyards Viognier, Egret Pond 91pts
2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot, Jackson Park 91pts
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 96pts

 

Wine Spectator

2011 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 91pts
2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc 90pts


Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine

2012 Frostwatch Chardonnay,
Frostwatch Vineyard 93pts
2012 Frostwatch Sauvignon Blanc, Kismet 92pts
2011 Frostwatch Pinot Noir, Frostwatch Vineyard 90pts

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2013

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2012 Carte Blanch Syrah, Three Peaks 93pts
2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay 91pts
2011 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay 90pts
2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Haarstad 91pts
2010 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 93pts
2011 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 93pts


Wine Spectator

2013 Jemrose Syrah, Cardiac Hill Vineyard 94pts
2013 Bevan Cellars Syrah, Moaveni Vineyard 93pts
2009 Flanagan Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate 92pts
2010 Flanagan Merlot, Estate 92pts
2011 Jemrose Viognier, Egret Pond Vineyard 92pts
2009 Shane Syrah, Judge Family Vineyard 90pts

 

Wine Enthusiast

2010 MacLaren Syrah, Judge Family Vineyard 93pts
2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc 91pts
2011 Matanzas Creek Winery, Chardonnay 91pts
2010 Bennett Valley Cellars, Chardonnay 90pts

 

Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine

2012 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc 93pts


 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2012

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2009 Carlisle Syrah, Cardiac Hill 93pts
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Flanagan Family Vineyards 91pts
2010 Grey Stack Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Rosemary’s 90pts
2009 Matanzas Creek Merlot 90pts
2009 Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni 92pts


Wine Spectator

2009 Grey Stack Chardonnay, Four Brothers Vineyard 92pts
2009 Carlisle Syrah, Cardiac Hill 91pts
2009 Eric Kent Grenache, Dry Stack Vineyard 90pts
2007 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 90pts
2007 Grey Stack Syrah, Marie’s Block 90pts

 

Wine Enthusiast

2009 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot 92pts
2008 Novy Syrah, Judge Family Vineyard 90pts


Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine

2011 Frostwatch Sauvignon Blanc, Kismet 92pts
2009 Frostwatch Chardonnay, Frostwatch Vineyard 91pts
2009 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 90pts


 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2011

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2008 Carlisle Syrah, Cardiac Hill

96pts

2009 Grey Stack Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Rosemary’s 94pts
2007 Grey Stack Cellars Syrah, The Narcissist, Marie’s Block 95pts
2009 Chardonnay,
Matanzas Creek 91pts
2008 Syrah, Bouquet Garni,
Morlet Family Vineyards 95pts

 

Wine Spectator

2008 Bevan Cellars Syrah, De Crescenzo Vineyard 95pts
2008 Carlisle Winery Syrah, Cardiac Hill 93pts
2010 Grey Stack Sauvignon Blanc, Rosemary’s Block 90pts
2009 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 90pts

 

Wine Enthusiast

2009 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay 93pts
2008 Bjornstad Chardonnay, Barbed Oak Vineyard 92pts
2008 MacLaren Syrah, Dry Stack Vineyard 91pts

 

Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine

2008 Bjornstad Chardonnay, Barbed Oak Vineyard 94pts
2007 Frostwatch Merlot, Frostwatch Vineyard 91pts
2008 Frostwatch Chardonnay, Frostwatch Vineyard 90pts

 


90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2010

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates

2008

Carlisle Winery Syrah,

Cardiac Hill (2/10)

94pts

2007

Carlisle Winery Syrah,

Cardiac Hill (2/10)

92pts

2008

Grey Stack Cellars Sauvignon Blanc,

Rosemary’s Block (2/10)

92pts

2008

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni,

Judge Vineyard (2/10)

95pts

2007

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah Bouquet Garni,

Judge Vineyard (2/10)

95pts

2008

Taylor Peak Merlot,

Jackson Park (2/10)

91pts

 

Wine Spectator

2007

Carlisle Winery Syrah

Cardiac Hill (3/31/10)

90pts

2009

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Kismet (7/31/10)

90pts

2009

Grey Stack Sauvignon Blanc,

Rosemary’s Block, Dry Stack Vineyard (8/31/10)

90pts

2008

Matanzas Creek Winery,

Estate Vineyard (5/31/10)

90pts

 

Wine Enthusiast

2007

Bjornstad Cellars Chardonnay,

Barbed Oak Vineyard (2/10)

90pts

2007

C Square Merlot (2/10)

 

92pts

2007

Kendall-Jackson Merlot Highlands Estates.

Taylor Peak (6/10)

90pts

2006

Matanzas Creek Merlot,

Jackson Park Vineyard (5/10)

91pts

2008

Matanzas Creek Chardonnay,

Estate Vineyard (5/10)

92pts

 

 

Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Focus on California's North Coast                        May/June 2010

2007

B. Kosuge Wines Syrah,

Dry Stack Vineyard

92pts

2008

Carlisle Winery Syrah, Cardiac Hill

 

93pts

2007

Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah,

Dry Stack Vineyard

91pts

2008

Jackson Park Merlot

 

90pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard Gloria’s Gem Red Blend

 

92pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard Grenache,

Foggy Knoll

90pts

2008

Jemrose Vineyard Late Harvest Viognier,

Egret Pond

91pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard Syrah, Cardiac Hill

 

92pts

2009

Jemrose Vineyard Viognier, Egret Pond

 

90pts

2008

Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot,  Jackson Park

 

90pts

2008

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni, Judge

 

93pts

2008

Sandler Wine Company Syrah, Connell Vineyard

 

90pts

2008

Shane Wine Company Syrah, Jemrose Vineyard

 

93pts

2008

Shane Wine Company Syrah, Judge Family Vineyard

 

93pts

2008

Tor Kenward Family Rock Syrah, Judge Family Vineyard

 

91pts

 

 Connoisseurs’ Guide To California Wine

2007

Bjornstad Cellars Chardonnay,

Barbed Oak Vineyard (1/10)

92pts

2007

Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah,

Dry Stack Vineyard (7/10)

91pts

2009

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc,

Kismet (8/10)

91pts

2009

Grey Stack Grenache,

Dry Stack Vineyard (7/10)

91pts

 

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2009

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates

2006

Jemrose Vineyards Syrah/Merlot, Gloria’s Gem

(8/09)

90pts

2007

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Tor Rock Homage

Allen Judge Family Vineyard (12/09)

90pts


Wine Spectator

2006

Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley,

Cardiac Hill (5/09)

95pts

2006

Eric Kent Syrah Bennett Valley,

Dry Stack Vineyard (Web Only 2009)

92pts

2006

Grey Stack Syrah Bennett Valley,

The Narcissist Dry Stack Vineyard (7/09)

94pts

2008

Grey Stack Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley, Rosemary’s

Block Dry Stack Vineyard (8/09)

92pts

2007

Grey Stack Syrah-Grenache Bennett Valley, The Folly Dry

Stack Vineyard (Web Only 2009)

90pts

2007

Grey Stack Pinot Noir Bennett Valley, The Fisherman

Connell Family Vineyard (Web Only 2009)

90pts

2006

Jemrose Bennett Valley,

Gloria’s Gem (6/09)

94pts

2006

Jemrose Syrah Bennett Valley,

Cardiac Hill Vineyard (5/09)

92pts

2007

Jemrose Grenache Bennett Valley,

Foggy Knoll Vineyard (12/09)

90pts

2006

Tor Syrah Bennett Valley Rock,

Judge Family Vineyard (2/09)

92pts

2006

Tor Grenache Bennett Valley Rock Cuvee Cooper

Judge Family Vineyard (Web Only 2009)

90pts


Wine Enthusiast

2007

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay (12/09)

 

91pts

2006

Kendall Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot (7/09)

 

92pts


Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2007

Carlisle Winery Syrah

Cardiac Hill  (May/June 09)

94pts

2006

Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah

Dry Stack Vineyard  (May/June 09)

91pts

2006

Jemrose Vineyard Syrah

Cardiac Hill Vineyard (May/June 09)

91pts

2008

Jemrose Vineyard Viognier

Egret Pond Vineyard (May/June 09)

90pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard Viognier

Egret Pond Vineyard (May/June 09)

90pts

2007

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah

Bouquet Garni (May/June 09)

94pts

2007

Shane Wine Cellars Syrah

Jemrose Vineyard (May/June 09)

92pts

2007

Tor Kenward Family Wines Rock Syrah

Judge Family Vineyards, Hommage Allan Bennett Valley (May/June 09)

90pts


Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

2006

Dry Stack Cellars, Syrah

Marie’s Block (11/09)

90pts

2008

Grey Stack, Sauvignon Blanc

Rosemary’s Block Dry Stack (8/09)

90pts

 

The Rhone Report By Jeb Dunnuck

2006

Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah

Drystack Vineyard (11/09)

92pts

2008

Jemrose Vineyard Viognier

Late Harvest (11/09)

92pts

2008

Jemrose Vineyard

Egret Pond (11/09)

91pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard,

Gloria’s Gem (11/09)

91pts

2007

Jemrose Vineyard Syrah,

Cardiac Hill (11/09)

92pts

2007

Jemrose Grenache

Foggy Knoll (11/09

90pts

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2008

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates

2005

Bevan Cellars Syrah,

Drystack Vineyard (12/08)

91pts

2006

Bevan Cellars Syrah Drystack Vineyard,

Porter’s Cuvee (12/08)

90pts

2006

Broc Cellars Grenache,

Dry Stack Vineyard (6/08)

90pts

2007

Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc,

Rosemary’s Block

91pts

2006

Dry Stack Syrah,

Marie’s Block (12/08)

90pts

2007

Flanagan Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (12/08)

 

91pts

2006

Flanagan Family Vineyards Syrah (12/08)

 

94pts

2007

Flanagan Family Vineyards Syrah (12/08)

 

90pts

2006

Kendall Jackson Highland Estates Merlot,

Taylor Peak (12/08)

90pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Tor Rock Grenache

Judge Family Vineyard Cuvee Cooper (12/08)

90pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Tor Rock Syrah/Grenache

Judge Family Vineyards

90pts

2007

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Tor Rock Syrah/Grenache

Judge Family Vineyards Hommage Allen (12/08)

92pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Tor Rock Syrah

Judge Family Vineyard (12/08)

90pts


Wine Spectator

2005

Bevan Cellars Syrah

Bennett Valley Vineyard (Web Only 2008)

91pts

2007

Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley,

Dry Stack Vineyard, Rosemary’s Black (8/08)

93pts

2006

Dry Stack Bennett Valley Dry Stack Vineyard,

Marie’s Block (7/08)

92pts

2006

Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley,

Dry Stack Vineyard, Rosemary’s Block (3/08)

91pts

2006

Morlet Syrah Bennett Valley,

Bouquet Garni (12/08)

91pts

2005

Novy Syrah Bennett Valley,

Judge Family Vineyard (3/08)

91pts

2005

Novy Grenache Bennett Valley,

Judge Family Vineyard (5/08)

90pts


Wine Enthusiast

2006

Bjornstad Barbed Oak Vineyard Chardonnay (11/08)

 

90pts

2005

Kendall Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot (7/08)

 

92pts

2006

Novy Cellars, Judge Family Vineyard Grenache (12/08)

 

91pts

2005

Novy Cellars, Judge Family Vineyard Syrah (3/08)

 

90pts

 

Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2006

B. Kosuge Wines Syrah Dry Stack Vineyard, Bennett Valley

(May/June 08)

90pts

2006

Carlisle Winery Syrah,

Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

93pts

2005

Eric Kent Wine Cellars, Syrah Drystack,

Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

90pts

2006

Flanagan Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Bennett

Valley (May/June 08)

91pts

2006

Flanagan Family Vineyards Syrah

Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

92pts

2007

Jacquelyn Wines Cuvee Blanc

Sonoma County (May/June 08)

92pts

2005

Matanzas Creek Merlot Jackson Park Vineyard,

Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

90pts

2006

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah Bouquet Garni,

Bennett Valley  (May/June 08)

93pts

2006

Shane Wine Cellars Syrah Jemrose Vineyard,

Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

91pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Wines Grenache Rock Cuvee Cooper

Judge Vineyard Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

92pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Wines Rock Syrah Judge Family Vineyards

Hommage Allan Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

90pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Wines Rock Syrah Judge Vineyard

Bennett Valley (May/June 08)

92pts


Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

2005

Eric Kent Wine Cellars, Syrah Dry Stack (7/08)

 

90 pts

2005

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery, Merlot (7/08)

 

91 pts

 

90 + Points – Wine Reviews Published in 2007


Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates

2006

Carlisle Winery Syrah,

Cardiac Hill (12/07)

94pts

2006

Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc,

Rosemary’s Block (12/07)

93pts

2005

Dry Stock Syrah,

Marie’s Block (12/07)

91pts

2006

Flanagan Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (12/07)

 

92pts

2005

Kendall Jackson Highland Estates Merlot, Taylor Peak (12/07)

 

90pts

2006

Morlet Family Vineyards Syrah, Bouquet Garni (12/07)

 

92pts

2006

Pax Cellars Grenache, Dry Stack Vineyard (12/07)

 

93pts

2006

Tor Kenward Family Vineyards, Tor Rock Homage

Judge Homage Allen, Judge Family Vineyard (12/07)

91pts


Wine Enthusiast

2004

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Merlot (3/07)

 

90pts

2004

Kendall Jackson Taylor Peak Estate Merlot (6/07)

 

93pts

 

Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2005

Carlisle Winery Syrah, Bennett Valley (May/June 07)

 

93pts

2005

Carlisle Winery Syrah,

Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley (May/June 07)

92pts

2004

Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay, Bennett

Valley Sonoma County (Jan/Feb 07)

90pts

2004

Pax Wine Cellars Grenache Dry Stack Vineyard,

Bennett Valley (May/June 07)

91pts

 

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

2004

Eric Kent Wine Cellars, Syrah Dry Stack Vineyard (7/07)

 

94pts

2004

Highland Estate, Merlot Taylor Peak (11/07)

 

93pts

 

 

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