VWL Wine Classic Award Winners 2015



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Photos by Jim Pile

Raise a glass, Virginians; the wine industry here continues to grow, not only in the number of wineries and bottles produced, but in quality, and recognition for that quality. For eight years, we’ve been wowed over the incredible offerings of Virginia vino at the Virginia Wine Lover magazine Wine Classic. Each year we see the best getting better.

Our panel of wine experts spent the day at River Stone Chophouse in Suffolk— noted for their remarkable wine list and the extensive wine list at their sister eatery, Vintage Tavern, also in Suffolk—examining the offerings from dozens of wineries.

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The judges evaluated some dozens of the best wines produced across the commonwealth and evaluated each based on its own individual merit.

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Evaluation was done double-blind in flights, each recording their findings on sheets printed with a grid of the UC Davis (University of California at Davis) 20 Point System. The Davis system assigns a certain number of points to each of its 10 categories ranging from bouquet to color to taste to aftertaste.

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Our magazine team totaled and tallied each sheet to obtain an overall rating for each vintage, and we compiled the averages into four levels—Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. We present our findings to you here.


Platinum Level Winners

  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • 2012 Houndstooth
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2012 Meritage
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2014 Viognier
  • Chatham Winery
  • 2013 Church Creek Steel Chardonnay
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2013 Velvet Revolution
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2013 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Virginia Brut
  • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
  • 2010 Symbius
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard
  • 2012 Mosaic
  • Veramar Vineyard
  • 2011 Estate Club Mouvedre

 

Gold Level Winners

  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • 2010 Meritage
  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • 2013 Estate Grown Blue Ice
  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay Gold
  • Bogati Bodega & Vineyard
  • B-Thin
  • Bogati Bodega & Vineyard
  • Fat Ass Red
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • Equation “X”
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2013 Marquis de Lafayette
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2010 Merlot
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2013 Sparkling
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2014 Jennifer’s Jambalaya
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2014 Jolie Blond
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2014 Madelines Chardonnay
  • Breaux Vineyards
  • 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • Our Dog Blue
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • Sweet Mountain Apple
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • The Black Dog
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2011 Cabernet Franc
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2012 Archival
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2012 Chambourcin Reserve
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2013 Chardonel Stainless Steel
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2013 Chardonnay Reserve
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2013 Nouveau Chien
  • Chatham Winery
  • Church Creek Cabernet Franc Lot 12
  • Chatham Winery
  • Church Creek Vintners Blend Lot 12
  • Chatham Winery
  • 2011 Church Creek Cabernet Franc
  • Chatham Winery
  • 2012 Church Creek Vintners Blend
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2012 Unum
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2013 Suffrage
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2014 Dawn’s Light
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2013 Vidal Blanc Stainless Steel
  • Fox Meadow Vineyards
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve
  • Fox Meadow Vineyards
  • 2013 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented
  • Fox Meadow Vineyards
  • 2012 Meritage Owner’s Select
  • Fox Meadow Vineyards
  • 2014 Le Renard Gris
  • General’s Ridge Vineyard
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • Glass House Winery
  • Monticello Wine Company 2013 Chardonnay
  • Glass House Winery
  • 2014 C-Villian
  • Glass House Winery
  • 2012 Viognier
  • Glass House Winery
  • 2014 Vino Signora
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2013 Ranger Reserve
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Adieu
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Gewurztraminer
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Seyval Blanc
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Vidal Blanc
  • Greenhill Vineyards
  • 2013 Ontology
  • Greenhill Vineyards
  • 2014 Riesling
  • Greenhill Vineyards
  • 2014 Seyval Blanc
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Chardonnay Chesapeake Series
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • October Harvest
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Chardonnay Premium Label
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Chardonnay Reserve Barrel
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2014 Albarino
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2014 Viognier
  • James Charles Winery & Vineyard
  • 2014 Viognier
  • Morais Vineyards & Winery
  • 2013 Moscatel
  • Morais Vineyards & Winery
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • Morais Vineyards & Winery
  • 2014 Merlot
  • Morais Vineyards & Winery
  • 2014 Touriga
  • Narmada Winery
  • 2011 Merlot
  • Narmada Winery
  • 2011 Midnight
  • Narmada Winery
  • 2011 Petit Verdot
  • New Kent Winery
  • Meritage
  • New Kent Winery
  • 2012 Chardonnay
  • New Kent Winery
  • 2012 Merlot
  • New Kent Winery
  • 2013 Vidal Blanc
  • Old House Vineyards
  • 2012 Bacchanalia
  • Old House Vineyards
  • 2014 Clover Hill Vidal Blanc
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • 2012 Ameritage
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • 2012 Old Vine Chardonnay
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • 2014 Dry Kilaurwen
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • 2014 Kilaurwen
  • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Crown Orchard
  • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
  • 2013 Pinot Grigio
  • Rosemont Vineyards
  • Virginia Red
  • Rosemont Vineyards
  • Virginia White
  • Rosemont Vineyards
  • 2012 Merlot
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards
  • 2012 Petit Verdot
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards
  • 2014 San Soucy Viognier
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2011 Cabernet Franc
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2013 Traminette Reserve
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2013 Vidal Blanc
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard
  • 2012 Tannat – Club Member
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard
  • 2014 Rose’ of Cabernet Franc – Club Member
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard
  • 2014 Viognier
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2012 Alouette
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2012 Volpe
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 Calabrese Pinot Grigio
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 LaBoheme
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 La Giacosa Springlot Reserve
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2013 Chardonnay
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2013 Raven Rocks
  • The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
  • 2012 Provenance
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2012 Amarone
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2014 Petit Manseng
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2011 Cabernet Franc
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2011 Merlot
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2012 Petit Verdot
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2012 Trinity
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2013 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2012 Assemblage
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2012 Petit Verdot
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2014 Riesling

Silver Level Winners

  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • 2014 Viognier
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • Blackberry
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • Red Mountain Laurel
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2014 Vin Gris
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2014 Declaration
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2013 Barrel & Steel
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Fox Meadow Vineyards
  • 2012 Syrah
  • Glass House Winery
  • Monticello Wine Company 2013 Rose’
  • Greenhill Vineyards
  • 2012 Philosophy
  • Greenhill Vineyards
  • 2013 Chardonnay
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards
  • Smith Mountain Lake Country Red
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Sweet Virginia Rose’
  • Morais Vineyards & Winery
  • 2013 Sam’s Jeropiga
  • Narmada Winery
  • 2011 Dream
  • Narmada Winery
  • 2011 Mom
  • New Kent Winery
  • Sweet Virginia
  • Old House Vineyards
  • 2013 Wicked Bottom
  • Old House Vineyards
  • 2014 Rosie’s Rose
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • 2012 Silver Creek Merlot
  • Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
  • 2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay
  • Rosemont Vineyards
  • 2014Rose’
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards
  • Ginger Wine
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards
  • Rose’
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • 2013 Sweet Rebellion
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2012 Cano Pazzo Rose
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2012 Piemontese
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2013 Norton
  • The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
  • 2013 Tranquility
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2010 Cabernet Franc
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2011 Petit Verdot
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2012 Merlot
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards
  • 2013 Traminette
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2013 Petit Manseng

 

Bronze Level Winners

  • Sans Soucy Vineyards
  • Raspberry Grape
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2013 La Trovatella

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