Virginia Wine Lover 2016 Wine Classic Awards



Cheers! It’s reason to celebrate.

Across the commonwealth, Virginia has hundreds of quality wineries, producing some amazing quaffs. From false starts more than 400 years ago to slow beginnings some 40 years ago, the wine industry here is making a name for itself on a global market.

Virginia Wine Classic award judges Frank Morgan, Wine Classic judge

For nine years, we’ve shared the good news in each issue of this publication, and part of that has been through results of our own Virginia Wine Lover magazine Wine Classic.

Each spring, a panel of wine experts converge 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—and examine the offerings from many of Virginia’s finest wineries.

The judges evaluate dozens of the best wines produced across the state, each based on its own individual merit.

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 ten categories ranging from bouquet to color to taste to aftertaste.

Frank Morgan, Wine Classic judge

We present our findings to you here: 


Platinum Level Winners

  • Bluemont Vineyards
  • 2015 Albarino
  • Bluemont Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bluemont Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc, "The Horse"
  • Bluemont Vineyards
  • 2015 Petit Manseng
  • Casanel Vineyards & Winery
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Chateau MerrillAnne
  • 2014 Palace Red
  • Chateau MerrillAnne
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chateau Morrisette
  • 2015 Petit Manseng
  • Creek’s Edge Winery
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2015 Republic
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • 2015 Viognier
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2015 Gewurztraminer
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Petit Verdot
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2015 Seyval Blanc
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery
  • Smith Mountain Lake Sunset
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Chesapeake Series Chardonnay
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2014 Premium Series Chardonnay
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • October Harvest
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Virginia Brut - NV Sparkling
  • Morais Vineyards
  • 2014 Touriga
  • Morais Vineyards
  • 2015 Verdelho
  • North Gate Vineyard
  • 2014 Chambourcin
  • North Gate Vineyard
  • 2013 Merlot
  • North Gate Vineyard
  • NV Rkatsiteli
  • North Gate Vineyard
  • 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • 2014 Shirley Chardonnay
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • 2014 Sabine Hall Viognier
  • Rosemont of Virginia
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc
  • Rosemont of Virginia
  • 2015 Pinot Grigio
  • Stanburn Winery
  • 2014 Chambourcin
  • Stanburn Winery
  • 2014 Highfly
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2015 La Giacosa Springlot Reserve Chardonnay
  • Veramar Vineyard
  • 2013 Bogati Black Label Chardonnay
  • Veramar Vineyard
  • 2015 Bogati Serval Blanc
  • Vincent’s Vineyard
  • 2015 Ambrosia
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2015 Covert Wineworks Blend
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Whitebarrel Winery
  • 2014 Vidal Blanc
  • White Hall Vineyards
  • 2015 Chardonnay
  • White Hall Vineyards
  • 2014 Petit Verdot
  • White Hall Vineyards
  • 2015 Viognier
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2013 Assemblage
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2014 Vidal Blanc

 

Gold Level Winners

  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc
  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • 2013 Octagon
  • Casanel Vineyards
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Casanel Vineyards
  • 2014 Ellianna
  • Casanel Vineyards
  • 2013 Middleburg Petit Verdot
  • Chateau MerrillAnne
  • 2015 Viognier
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2015 Vidal Blanc
  • Creek’s Edge Winery
  • 2015 Vidal Blanc
  • Creek’s Edge Winery
  • 2015 Water’s Edge White
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2015 Constitution
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2014 Suffrage
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2015 Unum
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2014 Oyster White Chardonel
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • 2013 Chambourcin
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Ranger Reserve
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2015 Vidal Blanc
  • The Hague Winery
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc
  • The Hague Winery
  • 2014 Chardonel
  • The Hague Winery
  • 2013 Meritage
  • The Hague Winery
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery
  • Smith Mountain Lake Sixty-Six
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • Colonial White
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2015 Pinot Grigio
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • 2014 Catawba
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • 2014 Gruner Veltliner
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • 2014 Marechal Foch
  • Naked Mountain Winery
  • 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
  • Naked Mountain Winery
  • 2014 Catamount Run Red
  • Naked Mountain Winery
  • 2014 Raptor Red
  • New Kent Winery
  • 2015 Vidal Blanc
  • New Kent Winery
  • 2013 Merlot
  • New Kent Winery
  • NV Heritage
  • New Kent Winery
  • NV Norton
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • 2013 Corotoman
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • 2014 Nomini Hall Cabernet Franc
  • Rosemont of Virginia
  • 2013 Merlot
  • Rosemont of Virginia
  • Virginia White
  • Stanburn Winery
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2015 La Boheme Viognier
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 Alouette Cabernet Franc
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2014 Chardonnay
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2014 Vidal Blanc
  • Vincent’s Vineyard
  • 2011 Angler’s Choice
  • Vincent’s Vineyard
  • 2010 Traminette
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2014 Covert Winework’s Enigma
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery
  • 2014 Phillips Falk Chardonnay
  • Whitebarrel Winery
  • 2014 Bin 214
  • Whitebarrel Winery
  • 2014 Chambourcin
  • Whitebarrel Winery
  • 2013 Chardonnay
  • White Hall Vineyards
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
  • 2014 Petit Verdot

Silver Level Winners

  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • 2012 Reserve Petit Verdot
  • Bluemont Vineyards
  • 2014 Meritage
  • Chateau MerrillAnne
  • 2014 Governor Spotswood
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chateau Morrisette
  • 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2014 Campaign
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2014 Velvet Revolution
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2014 Pearl Vidal Blanc
  • The Dog & Oyster Vineyard
  • 2013 Shelter Dog Red
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • 2013 Inheritage
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery
  • Smith Mountain Lake Full Pond
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • NV Chesapeake Series Cabernet Merlot
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Left Bank
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2013 Right Bank
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • 2014 Norton
  • Mermaid Winery
  • 2014 Cabernet Franc
  • Morais Vineyards
  • 2014 Merlot
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • 2013 1762 Port-Style
  • Stanburn Winery
  • 2014 Big Ass Red
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 Il Volpe Sangiovese
  • Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
  • 2014 Norton
  • Veramar Vineyard
  • 2013 Estate Club Merlot
  • Vincent’s Vineyard
  • 2011 Shepherd’s Red Cambourcin

 

Bronze Level Winners

  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • 2012 Paxxito
  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • Phil
  • Casanel Vineyards
  • The Full Nelson
  • Chateau MerrillAnne
  • 2015 Chambourcin Rosé
  • Chateau Morrisette
  • 2015 Vin Gris Rosé
  • Creek’s Edge Winery
  • 2014 Hunting Hill
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • 2015 Dawn’s Light Rosé
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • 2015 Adieu
  • Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery
  • Smith Mountain Lake Redbud Rosé
  • Ingleside Vineyards
  • 2014 Dry Rosé
  • Morais Vineyards
  • 2014 Moscatel
  • Morais Vineyards
  • 2014 MV Tawny
  • Naked Mountain Winery
  • 2014 Make Me Blush Rosé
  • Naked Mountain Winery
  • 2014 Old Vine Riesling
  • Rosemont of Virginia
  • 2015 Chambourcin Rosé
  • Stanburn Winery
  • 2014 Meadow Breeze
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2015 Calabrese Pinot Grigio
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 Cano Pazzo Rosé
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • 2014 La Trovatella Merlot
  • Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery
  • 2011 Reserve Norton
  • Whitebarrel Winery
  • 2014 Bin 127
  • Veramar Vineyard
  • James Charles Cincinnatus
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