Awards and Accolades - Since 2009


The Wine Enthusiast

The Oso Libre Section for tasting notes

Founded in 1979, Wine Enthusiast Companies is the world’s number one source for wine accessories, storage, information, education, events and travel, and is a driving force in the marketplace. Over the last 30 years, this multifaceted business has thrived along with America’s ever-expanding enchantment with wine. Started as a direct mail business, Wine Enthusiast has published over 300 million catalogs. Today Wine Enthusiast successfully markets via direct mail, multiple internet sites and with our business-to-business division, bringing Wine Enthusiast products into retail stores throughout the nation.

  • 94 Points - Editor's Choice NV Rojo del Patron
  • 93 Points - Cellar Selection 2011 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 92 Points - Cellar Selection 2011 Carnal GSM
  • 92 Points - 2012 Nativo Estate Primitivo
  • 92 Points - 2012 Volado White Rhone Blend
  • 92 Points - 2012 Osezno Zinfandel
  • 92 Points - 2011 Rojo del Patron
  • 92 Points - 2007 Grande Bordeaux
  • 91 Points - 2007 Jovis Super Tuscan
  • 92 Points - 2011 Reserva Bordeaux
  • 91 Points - NV Por Vida Estate Blend
  • 91 Points - 2011 Revolucion Syrah Blend
  • 91 Points - 2011 Benedicion Mourvedre
  • 90 Points - 2009 Reserva Bordeaux Style Blend
  • 90 Points - 2012 Volado White Rhone Blend
  • 90 Points - 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay
  • 88 Points - NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend
  • 88 Points - 2010 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 88 Points - 2012 Rosalinda Rose
  • 87 Points - 2010 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 87 Points - 2012 Carnal G.S.PS.
  • 86 Points - 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo
  • 85 Points - 2011 Osezno Zinfandel

San Francisco International Wine Competition

sfwinecomp.com

The San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest, most influential international wine competition in America, is judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring that its rigor and integrity remain the nation’s most respected competition.

  • DOUBLE GOLD, 96 POINTS, 2012 Grande Comemorativo, 7/17
  • GOLD, 2012 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/17
  • DOUBLE GOLD, 96 POINTS, NV Carnal, 6/16
  • GOLD, 2009 Primoroso, 6/17/12
  • GOLD , 2008 Carnal GSM, 6/20/11
  • GOLD, 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 7/14
  • SIlver, 2011 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/15
  • Silver, 2012 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 6/15
  • Silver, 2011 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/15
  • Silver, 2011 Reserva Estate Bordeaux Blend, 6/15
  • Silver, 2011 Bendicion Estate Mourvedre, 6/15
  • Silver, 2007 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 6/15
  • Silver, 2007 Jovis Super Tuscan Blend, 6/15
  • Silver, 2010 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/14
  • Silver, 2011 Carnal G.S.M., 7/14
  • Silver, 2010 Revolucion Winemaker's Blend, 7/14
  • Silver, NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 7/14
  • Silver, 2009 Reserva Bordeaux Blend, 7/14
  • Silver, 2012 Rosalinda Rose, 7/14
  • Silver, 2010, Carnal GSM, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Nativo Primitivo, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Querida, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Volado Viognier, 7/11
  • Silver, 2009 Osezno ZInfandel, 6/17/12
  • Silver , 2008 Primoroso, 6/20/11
  • Silver, 2007 Nativo Zinfandel, 6/22/09
  • Silver, 2007 Bendición Mourvédre, 6/22/09
  • Silver,  2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Querida, 2/15/10
  • Silver,  2007 Rojo Del Patron, 2/15/10
  • Bronze, 2012 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2010 Rojo Del Patron, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2012 Carnal Rhone Style Blend - Red, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Revolucion Rhone Style Blend - Red, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 7/14
  • Bronze, 2012 Volado Viognier, 7/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 7/14
  • Bronze, NV Por Vida Estate Blend, 7/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 6/20/11
  • Bronze, 2009 Volado Viognier, 6/20/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/20/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Osezno ZInfandel, 6/17/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Reserva, 6/17/12
  • Bronze, 2008 Reserva - Individual Label Competition
  • Bronze,  2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Quixotic, 2/15/10
  • Bronze, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/15/08
  • Bronze, Rojo Del Patron, 6/15/08

Critics Challenge Internaitonal

criticschallenge.com

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition features wine writers as judges.

  • Critics Gold NV Grande - 93 Points 6/16
  • Critics Gold 2011 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 Points
  • Critics Gold 2011 Reserva Bordeaux Blend - 90 Points
  • Critics Gold 2010 Revolucion Winemaker's Blend - 92 Points
  • Critics Gold 2010 Grande Bordeaux Blend - 91 Points
  • Critics Gold 2009 Reserva - 91 Points
  • Critics Gold 2007 Jovis, Italic Blend - 90 Points
  • Critics Gold 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay - 90 Points
  • Critics Silver 2010 Quixotic - 89 Points
  • Critics Silver 2012 Osezno - 87 Points 6/16
  • Critics Silver 2012 Carnal - 87 Points 6/16
  • Critics Silver 2007 Grande Winemaker's Blend Central Coast -89 Points
  • Critics Silver 2009 Grande Bordeaux Blend - 89 Points
  • Critics Silver 2012 Volado - 89 Points
  • Critics Silver 2012 Rosalinda Rose - 88 Points

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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Acclaimed as the largest competition of American wines in the world and San Francisco’s premier tasting experience, the SFCWC Public Tasting is held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion and features award winning wines from across the news. The event commences with a thorough judging (the first of the season) by a panel of over 60 professional wine judges at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds as they unite for four days in January.

  • UNANIMOUS DOUBE GOLD, 2013 Primoroso Winemaker's Blend
  • GOLD, Best of Class, Judges Choice, 2007 Bendición Mourvédre, 1/08/10
  • GOLD, 2014 Volado Viognier, 2017
  • Silver, 2010 Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/14
  • Silver, 2012 Volado Viognier, 1/14
  • Silver, 2011 Carnal GSM, 1/14
  • Silver, NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 1/14
  • Silver, NV Por Vida, 1/14
  • Silver, 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Nativo Primitivo, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Carnal GSM, 7/13
  • Silver, 2011 Volado Viognier, 1/15/13
  • Silver, 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 1/15/13
  • Silver, 2011 Carnal GSM, 1/15/13
  • Silver, 2009 Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 1/15/13
  • Silver, 2009 Carnal GSM, 6/17/12
  • Silver, 2008 Volado Viognier, 1/08/10
  • Silver, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/12/09
  • Bronze, 2010 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Osezno Zinfandel, 1/14
  • Bronze, NV Rojo del Patron, 1/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Volado Viognier, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Primoroso, 6/17/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Osezno ZInfandel, 6/17/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Nativo Primitivo, 6/17/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/15/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Nativo Primitivo, 1/15/13
  • Bronze, 2008 Reserva, 6/17/12
  • Bronze, 2007 Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/08/10
  • Bronze, Por Vida, 1/12/09
  • Bronze, 2005 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/12/09

Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition

fairplex.com

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition annually sees nearly 4,000 wines – and spirits – from around the globe come through its doors. Nearly 100 international experts come to Fairplex to participate in the judging.

Since its inception , the competition has maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, earning USA Today’s recognition as one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the United States.

  • GOLD, Best of Class, 2007 Bendición Mourvédre, 6/08/09
  • GOLD, Best of Class, 2012 Carnal Rhone Style Blend - Red, 93 points, 6/15
  • GOLD, 2007 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/10/10
  • GOLD, 2008 Primoroso, 6/6/11
  • GOLD, Best of Class, 2010 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 points, 5/14
  • GOLD, NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 92 points, 5/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points, 5/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 92 points, 5/14
  • GOLD, 2009 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 90 points, 5/14
  • GOLD, 2007 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 91 Points, 6/15
  • Silver, NV Por Vida Estate Blend, 5/14
  • Silver, 2011 Rojo Del Patron, 6/15
  • Silver, 2012 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 6/15
  • Silver, 2012 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/15
  • Silver, 2009 Reserva Bordeaux Blend, 5/14
  • Silver, 2011 Carnal G.S.M., 5/14
  • Silver, 2010 Revolucion, 5/14
  • Silver, 2011 Volado Viognier, 7/13
  • Silver, 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Carnal GSM, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Nativo Primitivo, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Vino D'Oro Chardonnay, 6/6/11
  • Silver, 2009 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/6/12
  • Silver, 2009 Reserva, 6/6/12
  • Silver, 2008 Carnal Rhone Style Blend, 6/6/11
  • Silver, 2008 Nativo Primitivo, 6/6/11
  • Silver, 2008 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/6/11
  • Bronze, 2010 Rojo Del Patron, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2007 Jovis Super Tuscan Style Blend, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 5/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Reserva Estate Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2012 Volado Viognier, 5/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Viognier, 6/6/11
  • Bronze, 2009 Nativo Primitivo, 6/6/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Primoroso, 6/6/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Carnal GSM, 6/6/12
  • Bronze, 2008 Volado Viognier, 6/10/10
  • Bronze, Por Vida Estate Blend (NV), 6/10/10
 

The Long Beach Grand Cru

longbeachgrandcru.com

The Long Beach Grand Cru is considered one of the top international wine competitions in the U.S. The major public tasting event attracts more than 1,400 wine and food aficionados every August. Since its inception in 1995, the Competition has grown in size and prestige, attracting wineries from across the United States and from around the world.

  • GOLD - Chairman's Best of Class - 2010 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 8/14
  • GOLD - Chairman's Best of Class - 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 8/14
  • GOLD - N.V. Primoroso, 8/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Carnal GSM, 7/13
  • GOLD-Chairman's Best of Class, 2008 Carnal GSM, 7/11
  • GOLD - Chairman's Best of Class, 2009 Osezno, 7/12
  • GOLD, 2007 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/10
  • Silver, 2010 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 8/14
  • Silver, 2009 Reserva Bordeaux Blend, 8/14
  • Silver 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 8/14
  • Silver 2012 Volado White Rhone Blend, 8/14
  • Silver, 2011 Volado Viognier, 7/13
  • Silver, 2010 Nativo Primitivo, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/11
  • Silver, 2009 Volado Viognier, 7/11
  • Silver, 2009 Carnal GSM, 7/12
  • SIlver, 2008 Primoroso, 7/11
  • SIlver, 2007 Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/10
  • Brone, 2010 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 8/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Grande Bordeaux Blend, 8/14
  • Bronze, N.V. Por Vida Estate Blend, 8/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Carnal GSM, 8/14
  • Bronze, 2010 Revolucion WInemaker's Blend, 8/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Reserva, 7/12
  • Bronze, 2009 Primoroso, 7/12
  • Bronze 2008 Nativo Primitivo, 7/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Volado Vignier, 715/09
  • Bronze, 2007 Rojo Del Patron, 7/10
 

Orange County Wine Competition

ocws.org

Orange County Wine Society, Inc., is a rapidly-growing non-profit educational corporation whose purpose is to promote the knowledge and understanding of wine. To this end, the Society functions to enhance the knowledge of winemaking, viticulture and the appreciation of wine.

  • GOLD, NV Carnal, 6/15/16
  • GOLD, 2008 Primoroso, 6/15/11
  • GOLD, 2009 Primoroso, 6/15/12
  • GOLD, 2012 Carnal Rhone Style Blend - Red, 6/15
  • GOLD, 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 6/14
  • SIlver, NV Grande, 6/15/16
  • Silver, 2007 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/15
  • SIlver, 2008 Carnal GSM, 6/15/11
  • Silver, 2008 Nativo Primitivo, 6/15/11
  • Silver, 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 6/14
  • Silver, NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 6/14
  • Silver, 2010 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/14
  • Silver, Rojo Del Patron, 6/15/08
  • Silver, 2011 Rojo Del Patron, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Reserva, 6/16
  • Bronze, NV Por Vida Estate Blend, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Reserva Estate Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Carnal G.S.M., 6/14
  • Bronze, 2010 Revolucion Winemaker's Blend, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 6/15/11
  • Bronze, 2009 Volado Viognier, 6/15/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Reserva, 6/15/12
  • Bronze, 2007 Nativo Zinfandel, 6/16/09
 

san diego  INTERNATIONAL wine COMPETITION

http://www.sandiegowinechallenge.com/results.html

San Diego Challenge is staged by Robert Whitley's Wine Cellar Productons, which is also responsible for three other wine competitions.

  • GOLD, 2011 Reserva 7/16
  • GOLD, 2013 Rojo del Patron, 93pts 3/17
  • Silver, NV Grande 7/16
  • Silver, 2011 Nativo 7/16
 

The Central Coast Wine Competition

midstatefair.com

The Central Coast Wine Competition is the largest wine evaluation event that recognizes wines
produced exclusively from vinifera grown on the Central Coast regions of California.  This event
promotes the excellent quality and diversity of commercial wineries and grape growers while
recognizing the fastest growing wine regions in California.

  • GOLD, Por Vida (NV), 6/18/10
  • GOLD, NV Por Vida Estate Blend, 6/14
  • GOLD, NV Primoroso Winemaker's Blend, 6/14
  • Silver, NV Azucar Portuguese Style Port, 6/15
  • Silver, 2007 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/15
  • Silver, 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 6/14
  • Silver, 2012 Osezno Zinfandel, 6/15
  • Silver, 2012 Carnal Rhone Style Blend - Red, 6/15
  • Silver, 2011 Bendicion Estate Mourvedre, 6/15
  • SIlver, 2011 Reserva Estate Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/15
  • Silver, 2009 Reserva Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/14
  • Silver, 2010 Nativo Primitivo, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/13
  • Silver, 2009 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 6/17/11
  • Silver, 2009 Volado Viognier, 6/17/11
  • Silver, 2009 Nativo Primitivo, 7/17/12
  • Silver, 2009 Primoroso, 7/17/12
  • Silver, 2008 Carnal GSM, 6/17/11
  • Silver, 2007 Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/15/09
  • Silver, 2007 Bendición Mourvédre, 7/15/09
  • Silver, 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/18/10
  • Bronze, 2012 Volado Viognier, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Revolucion Syrah, Petite Sirah Blend, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2007 Jovis Italic Blend, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2011 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/15
  • Bronze, 2010 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Nativo Estate Primitivo, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2009 Grande Bordeaux Style Blend, 6/14
  • Bronze, 2011 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2011 Volado Viognier, 7/13
  • Bronze, 2009 Osezno ZInfandel, 7/17/12
  • Bronze, 2008 Volado Viognier, 6/18/10
  • Bronze, 2008 Primoroso Red Blend, 6/17/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Nativo Primitivo, 6/17/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Osezno ZInfandel, 6/17/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Reserva, 7/17/12
  • Bronze, 2007 Rojo del Patron, 7/15/09
  • Bronze, 2007 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon, 7/15/09
 

Craft Awards International Competition

craftcompetition.com

The Craft Wine Awards International Competition in Los Angeles attracts vintners’ top wines from all over the world. The field consists of independent, artisan and boutique producers who are focused on the art of making unique wines and share the common interest of bringing their craft forward for all to enjoy.

  • GOLD, 2009 Reserva, 7/14
  • GOLD, 2012 Vino d'Oro Chardonnay 7/14
  • GOLD, 2011 Carnal 7/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Quixotic 7/14
  • GOLD, NV Primoroso 7/14
  • GOLD, 2010 Revolucion 7/14
  • Silver, 2012 Rosalinda 7/14
  • Silver, 2011 Nativo 7/14
  • Silver, 2010 Querida 7/14
  • Silver, NV Por Vida 7/14
 

Grand Harvest Awards

vwm-online.com

Truly one of a kind! Established in 1990, it is the only wine-judging event in North America that is based on terroir - a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making savoir-faire, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine. With a field of over 1600 entries from North America, Europe, South America, and the Pacific Rim, judges must agree on awarding a medal. Each panel consisted of three judges from professional fields within the wine producing, marketing and education fields.

In other competitions, the terroir factor is ignored. At the Grand Harvest, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.

All wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: greater sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of regional wines and also to measure the influence of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines. A goal of Grand Harvest is to learn more about how terroir contributes qualities of excellence and distinctiveness to wines. Over the course of this event, judges have learned to recognize when terroir is - and is not - a factor of wine quality. We think the bar has been lifted a little, and as a result, each year we perceive greater interest in terroir by winemakers and critics alike. Favorable awards support increased local and regional sales. A win in Grand Harvest can put your wine into a whole new sales category.

  • GOLD, Rojo del Patron, 2/20/09
  • Silver,  2009 Volado, Pomar Junction 2/15/11
  • Silver,  2009 Vino D'Oro, Abernathy 2/15/11
  • Silver, 2008 Carnal 2/15/11
  • Silver,  2008 Osezno 2/15/11
  • Silver, 2007 Bendición Mourvédre, 2/24/10
  • Silver, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2/20/09
  • Silver, 2005 Reserva, 2/20/09
  • Silver, NV Por Vida, 2/20/09
  • Bronze, 2008 Nativo 2/15/11
  • Bronze, 2008 Primoroso 2/15/11
  • Bronze, 2007 Rojo del Patron, 2/24/10
  • Bronze, 2007 Quixotic Cabernet Sauvignon, 2/24/10