ACCOLADES

Current Releases

DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

2015 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon based blend opens with black currant and oak blend with a hint black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a black currant and mineral blend with notes of oak, plum and spice. I also detected hints of black pepper. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for a while. This blend would pair nicely with thin sliced beef brisket. Enjoy – Ken” August 4, 2018 Rating: Very Good+ (90 points)

2014 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 92 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2017 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This opaque and very dark ruby colored blend from Estate 1856 opens with a pomegranate and red currant bouquet with a hint of cranberry and strawberry licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a red plum and red currant blend with notes of pomegranate, cinnamon and gentle minerality. There is also a touch of milk chocolate and red cherry towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for quite some time. This wine would benefit from about an hour’s worth of decanting in the near term. Serve it with a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy – Ken” January 9, 2018 Rating: Very Good+ (91 points)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 93 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 93 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Estate 1856 is impressive. It opens with an attractive boysenberry and gentle black currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, smooth and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a very tasty black currant with notes of mild boysenberry, gentle minerality and a hint of oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for quite some time. This Cab would pair very nicely with a veal chop. Enjoy – Ken” December 26, 2017 Rating: Very Good+ (92 points)

2013 “BARREL RESERVE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 91 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2017 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 International Women’s Wine Competition

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a black current bouquet with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a rich black currant and black olive blend with notes of oak. I also detected hints of dark chocolate, blueberry and gentle minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins linger for a very long time. This Cab is food friendly and would pair well with Theresa’s meatloaf. Enjoy – Ken Reviewed August 5, 2016 Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

 

MALBEC

2016 MALBEC

  • 95 POINTS & BEST OF CLASS  – 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • 91 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL  – 2019 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2015 MALBEC

  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2017 Grand Harvest Awards

Ken’s Wine Review: “This pitch black colored Malbec from California is impressive. It opens with a blackberry jam bouquet with a hint of oak and cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich and concentrated. The flavor profile is a very tasty black raspberry with notes of mild minerality, oak, black currant. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins show nice length. This Malbec would pair very nicely with a New York strip steak. Get in line for this early when released, there was not much of this gem made. Enjoy – Ken!” Review date: August 6, 2017 Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

 

PETIT VERDOT

2015 PETIT VERDOT

  • 91 POINTS, BEST OF CLASS & GOLD MEDAL 2018 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This midnight purple colored Petit Verdot from Estate 1856 is very good. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with a hint of plum and root beer. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, concentrated and smooth. The flavor profile is a stewed plum with notes of boysenberry. We also detected hints of dark chocolate and cola. The finish is chewy and its moderate dusty tannins linger nicely. The Panel suggested drinking this wine on its own. Enjoy – Ken; March 10, 2019 Rating: Very Good+ (90 points)

Past Releases

DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

2013 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 90 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM – ” This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon based blend is very good and was well received by our mini-tasting group. It opens with a mild black currant and oak bouquet with a hint of black tea. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black currant with hints of black raspberry and boysenberry jam. The finish is dry and its mild tannins and fruit flavors are nicely prolonged. I would pair this very good wine braised short ribs. Enjoy – Ken. Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good + (91)” May 30, 2016

2012 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • 93 POINTS & PLATINUM MEDAL 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

From Robert Whitley, May 26, 2015: “Rich and ripe, with power to spare, the Estate 1856 Duvall’s Prospect shows impressive layers of black fruits, ample tannins and remarkably good balance considering the obvious ripeness of the fruit.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  Platinum award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.”

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2014 Grand Tasting Awards
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Cabernet Shootout & Challenge
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 Sunset International Wine Competition

FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM: “This midnight blue colored blend opens with a gentle blackberry and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is an interesting blend of blueberry with notes of toasted coconut. I also detected hints of boysenberry and black cherry. The finish is dry and its flavors and very dusty tannins so very good length. I would decant this wine in the near term and serve it with braised short ribs with pearl onions and roasted fingerling potatoes.”

2011 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • BEST OF CLASS 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 93 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge
  • 93 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 Cabernet Shootout Challenge

Female Professional Judges: Dark fruit and black tea aromas and flavors capture the senses. Cassis, tobacco spice and a hint of menthol swirl on the palate. Fresh and lively with nice oak integration. 90 Points

Male Professional Judges: Punch of fruit with an herbal left hook. Black cherry, cola, olive, and iodine aromatics with a slight smoky undertone. Big tannins and deep fruit intensity on the palate. Black plum and bitter chocolate flavors with an intense but well balanced blend of tannin and acidity. Lingering cola, coffee and toffee on the nice long finish. 93 Points, 3rd PLACE across 330 wines

  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition

Wine Critic, Roger Beery’s, Comments: “A rich nose of dark berries, blackberry and tobacco box. Textured flavors with a full mouth-feel, good food-pairing acidity and supple tannins. On the palate, flavors of dark berries, black cherry, ripe plum, cherry and spice. Dark mocha on long and transformative finish.” 92 Points

2010 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • SWEEPSTAKES RED 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • BEST OF CLASS 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Judge Fred Tasker’s Comments: “Best red wine: 2010 Estate 1856 Wines Cabernet/Bordeaux Blend, Sonoma County: full and hearty, with powerful cassis and bittersweet chocolate flavors (Fred Tasker writes about wine for the McClatchy New Service)

  • 94 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2013 North Coast Wine Challenge

2009 DUVALL’S PROSPECT BORDEAUX BLEND

  • GOLD MEDAL 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2012 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

From Chad Lesausky of Notebook Wines: “2009 Estate 1856 Red Blend, Dry Creek Valley ($36): This was by far the most complex wine I tasted at SF Vintners Market. The 1856 is 78% cabernet, 12% petite verdot and 10% malbec that has all the red fruit, tobacco, caramel and vanilla that you would expect in a New World Bordeaux blend. At $36 this wine won’t last long. Buy it now!”

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • GOLD MEDAL 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2016 Cabernet Shootout & Challenge

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Estate 1856 opens with a boysenberry bouquet with hints of dark chocolate and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty mineral infused blackberry with notes of cocoa and black currant, cherry and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and flavors fade away nicely. This Cab would pair well with ragu bolognese. Enjoy – Ken”

2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • BEST OF $20-$40 NORTH COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine

FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM: “This opaque and midnight blue colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County opens with a fragrant black currant and blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe boysenberry and black currant blend with notes of minerality and oak. I also detected hints of blueberry and cherry as well. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and mild tannins fade away nicely. This fruity Cab would pair well with Charlie Palmer’s Colorado lamb rack with fingerling Lyonnaise potatoes.”

2011 “BARREL RESERVE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 95 POINTS & PLATINUM MEDAL 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

Michael Franz’s Comments for Wine Review Online: “A very appealing Cabernet that shows lots of juicy, ripe fruit, this also displays of woodsmoke. The interplay of primary fruit and secondary accents is very effective, and the fine balance of sweetness and bright acidity likewise makes for enduring interest. A platinum award winner at Critics Challenge International Wine Competition.” 92 Points, Jun 17, 2014

  • BEST OF CLASS 2014 LA International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 Cabernet Shootout Challenge
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 International Women’s Wine Competition

2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 90 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge
  • 90 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge

Comments from Ed McCarthy, Judge at 2014 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition: “Lovely wine; so enjoyable now; well-balanced”

  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 90 POINTS Bacchus & Beery

2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 92 POINTS Bacchus & Beery
  • GOLD MEDAL 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  • 90 POINTS Wine Enthusiast (September 2012)

Steve Heimoff (Wine Enthusiast) Comments: Voluptuous in the mouth, with a velvety, chocolate-layer-cake richness. It has flavors of cassis liqueur and blackberries in every form—from freshly picked to dried. It’s a delicious wine for drinking now and over the next few years. — (9/1/2012) — 90 points

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2012 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition

MALBEC

2014 MALBEC

  • 95 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2017 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL  2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Ken’s Wine Review: “This pitch black colored Malbec from California is impressive. It opens with a blackberry jam bouquet with a hint of oak and cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich and concentrated. The flavor profile is a very tasty black raspberry with notes of mild minerality, oak, black currant. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins show nice length. This Malbec would pair very nicely with a New York strip steak. Get in line for this early when released, there was not much of this gem made. Enjoy – Ken!” Review date: August 6, 2017 Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

2013 MALBEC

  • BEST OF CLASS 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 95 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL  2016 Press Democrat North Coast Challenge
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL  2015 Grand Harvest Awards

FROM THEDRUNKENCYCLIST.COM – “If there were ever a brooding wine, this would be it. Dark. Really dark. Even opaque (I like that word). Fantastic blackberry, cassis, cedar, and clove: sounds like a fantastic combination, and it is. Whoa. The palate is slightly fruitier than the nose, but there is also even more intrigue: earth, depth, fruit intermingle as if they were all cousins at a Jewish wedding, lifting the chair to the sky. I knew before I opened this bottle that this was one of my favorite “secret” wineries in Dry Creek. Now I know it–this is fantastic and underscores my faith in Janice as a winemaker. This might be the best domestic Malbec I have had. Whoa. Outstanding. 92-94 Points.” July 22, 2016

2012 MALBEC

  • GOLD MEDAL 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition

2010 MALBEC

  • 94 POINTS 2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS   2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

PETIT VERDOT

2015 PETIT VERDOT

  • 91 POINTS, BEST OF CLASS & GOLD MEDAL 2018 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This midnight purple colored Petit Verdot from Estate 1856 is very good. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with a hint of plum and root beer. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, concentrated and smooth. The flavor profile is a stewed plum with notes of boysenberry. We also detected hints of dark chocolate and cola. The finish is chewy and its moderate dusty tannins linger nicely. The Panel suggested drinking this wine on its own. Enjoy – Ken; March 10, 2019 Rating: Very Good+ (90 points)

2014 PETIT VERDOT

  • 91 POINTS AND GOLD MEDAL 2017 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL 2017 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Grand Harvest Awards

FROM KEN’S WINE GUIDE: “This pitch black colored Petite Verdot from Estate 1856 opens with a shy black currant bouquet with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, elegant and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant and black raspberry blend with notes of cinnamon, plum and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins hang on for quite some time. The Panel suggested pairing this Petit Verdot with a filet mignon or venison. Enjoy – KWGTP; March 26, 2018 Rating: Very Good+ (90 points)

2013 PETIT VERDOT

  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS & DOUBLE GOLD 2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • DOUBLE GOLD 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2016 Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition

FROM THEDRUNKENCYCLIST.COM – “This is dark, not “it was a dark and stormy night” kinda dark, but more of a Stephen King bring your big-boy pants kinda dark. Big fruit: dark raspberry, blackberry, mocha a go-go. On the palate this is big. Not Tom Hanks kinda big but Cercei Lannister blows up the Great Sept of Baelor kind of big (that was a Game of Thrones reference there for the non-followers–yeah, I am a fan). This is the definition of dark and brooding, at least in color. On the palate, big fruit and plenty of mocha, this might get a holy cow! (Which is just short of a Whoa.) Big and bold, not for the faint of heart. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.” July 22, 2016

2012 PETIT VERDOT

  • PLATINUM MEDAL & 94 POINTS 2015 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS & GOLD MEDAL 2014 Harvest Awards
  • GOLD MEDAL – 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards
  • GOLD MEDAL & 90 POINTS – 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM: “This pitch black colored Petit Verdot is terrific. It opens with a blueberry and acai berry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty blackberry with notes of blueberry and black licorice. I also detected some minerality and oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky and nicely prolonged. This is a perfect wine for a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy – Ken”