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Rave Reviews for Our Wines

 

Recent Awards

2020 Experience Rosé Wine Competition

Double Gold
2019 Fontaine Dry Rosé, 95 points

 

2020 SUNSET International Wine Competition

Gold Medal
2019 Pinot Gris, 93 points

Silver Medal
2019 Chardonnay

2019 Mendocino County Fair

Best of Class & Best of Show
NV Sparkling Brut Rose

Double Gold Medal Winners
NV Sparkling Brut Rose
2018 Chardonnay

Gold Medal Winners
2017 Pinot Gris
2017 Riesling
2017 Gewurztraminer

2019 California State Fair

Best of Class Appellation
2017 Fontaine Dry Rose
Gold Medal Winners
2017 Pinot Noir
NV Sparkling Brut Rose

2019 San Francisco Chronicle

Gold Medal Winners
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Gewurztraminer
2013 Old Vine Zin
NV Sparkling Brut

 


Complete Awards History

 95 Points 2020 Just Wine Points (2019 Vintage)
GOLD MEDAL 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 Harvest Challenge (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 North of the Gate Wine Competition (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2017) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 Harvest Challenge (2017) 
DOUBLE GOLD 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 Harvest Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 Harvest Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 North of the Gate Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge (2015) 
BEST OF CLASS 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2015) 
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2016 Mendocino County Fair (2015) 
Silver Medal, 87 Points 2016 California State Fair (2015) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 International Craft Competition Awards (2014) 
Silver Medal 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2014) 
GOLD MEDAL 2015 International Craft Wine Competition (2014) 
GOLD MEDAL 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2014) 
Silver Medal 2015 International Craft Wine Competition (2014) 
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.” Just Wine Points  
88 Points “Soft, crisp and fresh with notes of green apple, lemon tart, violet and spring peas.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape  

96 Points 2020 Just Wine Points (2019 Vintage) 
Silver Medal 2020 Sunset International Wine Comp (2019) 
DOUBLE GOLD 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2018) 
Silver Medal 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2017) 
BEST OF CLASS 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
DOUBLE GOLD 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2015)  
Silver Medal, 88 Points 2016 California State Fair (2015) 
Silver Medal 2016 New York International Wine Competition (2015)  
GOLD MEDAL 2016 International Craft Competition Awards (2014) 
Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2014)  
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.” – Just Wine Points  
90 Points “Crisp and delicious with notes of yellow apple, Bosc pear, and dried mango.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape 

 

96 Points 2020 Just Wine points (2019 Vintage) 
GOLD MEDAL & 93pts 2020 Sunset International Wine Comp (2019) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2017) 
BEST OF CLASS 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2016 Mendocino County Fair (2015) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (2015) 
Silver Medal 2016 International Craft Competition Awards (2015)  
Silver Medal 2015 International Craft Wine Competition (2014) 
Silver Medal 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge (2014) 
98 Points 2016 JustWinePoints.com (2015) 
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, fruit-forward with a long, lingering finish.” – Just Wine Points

 

 

97 Points 2020 Just Wine Points (2019 Vintage) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2019 California State Fair (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
DOUBLE GOLD 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2015) 
Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2014) 
93 Points “Pretty floral notes mingle with apricots, honey, pear, mango and tart apple. Nicely balanced, smooth and sweet, with a full mouthfeel and a beautiful finish.” Just Wine Points  
91 Points 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge 
89 Points “Zippy, weighty and slightly sweet with notes of lemon, green apple, and apricot.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape 

 

GOLD MEDAL 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2011 vintage) 
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2016 Mendocino County Fair (2011) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (2011) 
FOUR STAR GOLD MEDAL 2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition (2011) 
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2014 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2011) 
GOLD MEDAL 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2011) 
BEST OF CLASS AWARD 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2011) 
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 

 

GOLD MEDAL 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2017 vintage) 
Silver Medal 2019 Harvest Challenge (2017) 
Silver Medal 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 California State Fair (2016) 
Silver Medal 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2019 Harvest Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 OC Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge (2016) 
Silver Medal 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (2013) 
Silver Medal 2016 North of the Gate (2013) 
Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2013) 
Silver Medal 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge (2013) 
Silver Medal 2014 CA State Fair Wine Competition (2013) 
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  

 

97 Points 2020 just Wine Points (2019 Vintage) 
DOUBLE GOLD + 95pts 2020 Experience Rose Wine Comp (2019) 
BEST OF CLASS Appellation 2019 California State Fair (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 California State Fair (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2017 Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
Silver Medal 2017 North of the Gate Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition (2015) 

 

93 Points 2020 Just Wine Points  
BEST OF CLASS 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
91 POINTS 2019 Harvest Challenge 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 Harvest Challenge  
Silver Medal 2019 California State Fair 
Silver Medal 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
Silver Medal 2018 Harvest Challenge 
Silver Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
Silver Medal 2017 Harvest Challenge 
GOLD MEDAL 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 
GOLD MEDAL 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
GOLD MEDAL, Best Of Class Of Region, 94 Points 2016 CA State Fair 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 New York International Wine Competition 
DOUBLE GOLD 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
Top 7 America Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving 2016 Forbes.com 
DOUBLE GOLD 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 
BEST OF SHOW 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 
BEST OF CLASS 2015 Grand Harvest Awards 
BEST OF CLASS 2015 Orange County Fair 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 
BEST OF SHOW98 Points 2014 CA State Fair Wine Competition 
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
GOLD MEDAL 2013 Mendocino County Wine Competition 
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Mendocino County Wine Competition 
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.”

 

96 Points 2020 Just Wine Points  
BEST OF SHOW, BEST OF CLASS, DOUBLE GOLD 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 California State Fair 
Silver Medal 2019 Harvest Challenge  
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition 
Silver Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

 

95 Points 2020 Just Wine Points (2013 Vintage) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2013) 
GOLD MEDAL 2015 International Craft Wine Competition (2013) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 International Craft Competition Awards (2012) 
88 Points “Light, tart, and fresh with notes of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Perfect for BBQ.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape 
TOP 100 WINES of 2012 Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle wine editor 
Recommended Producer of Zinfandel “California’s Zinfandel Hot Spots” by Wine Enthusiast editors Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone 
98 Points “Candied raspberry, cherry and strawberry aromas mingle with herbaceous black pepper spice and light amounts on vanilla and oak. If you want a huge, chewy, jammy zin, this is not your wine. This is a light-to-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.” Just Wine Points (2013) 

Silver Medal 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017 vintage) 
GOLD MEDAL 2019 California State Fair (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2017) 
Silver Medal 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2016) 
GOLD MEDAL 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2015) 
Silver Medal 2017 North of the Gate Wine Competition (2014) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 Mendocino County Fair (2014) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 Orange County Wine Competition (2014) 
Silver Medal 2016 Mendocino County Fair (2013)  
GOLD MEDAL 2016 International Craft Competition Awards (2013) 
GOLD MEDAL 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2013) 
GOLD MEDAL 2015 International Craft Wine Competition (2013) 
Silver Medal 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition (2013)  
96 Points “Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied” Just Wine Points (2014) 
88 Points “Lightly fruity and tart with notes of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, red rose, violet, cedar and cacao nibs.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape  

 

Silver Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Challenge (2012 vintage) 

 

 

Press & Reviews

"2013 Blue Quail Old Vine Zinfandel"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"2017 Blue Quail Pinot Noir"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"2016 Blue Quail Dry Gewürztraminer"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"Potter Valley: An Unexpected Place for Refreshing Riesling"
By David Darlington: Wine & Sprits Magazine, February 2019

"McFadden: a Potter Valley farm with notable Zinfandels"
By Sara Schneider: SF Chronicle, July 2018

Blue Quail Wines – Terrific Organic Wines
By Joe: Good Cheap Vino, October 2017

McFadden becomes Blue Quail
By Joe Becerra: Wine Country Getaways, October 2017

"City boy and his vines have thrived in Mendocino’s Potter Valley"
By Mike Dunne: Sacramento Bee, November 11, 2014