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2019 Wine Classic Winners

By:

Raising a Glass to the Top Virginia Vinos Awarded in Our Annual Wine Competition

The Virginia wine industry continues to thrive, now with 312 wineries—and thousands of vinos—coming from the Commonwealth. Many vintages are garnering plenty of accolades and have recently received positive press in Food & Wine magazine and on Forbes.com. There is no doubt our winemakers work with steadfast dedication, studying terroir, experimenting with lesser-known varietals and always improving their styles of winemaking. Overall, our region has come so far, and our critics were honored and excited to sample the varied entrants in this year’s 12th Annual Savor Virginia Wine Classic Awards.

In order to come up with our results, each May, a panel of wine experts converges at River Stone Chophouse in Suffolk—noted for its remarkable wine list, and the extensive wine list at its sister eatery, Vintage Tavern, also in Suffolk—and examines the offerings from many of Virginia’s finest wineries.

The judges evaluated 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 10 categories ranging from bouquet to color to taste to aftertaste.

We present our findings to you below.

 

Savor Virginia Wine Classic

PLATINUM LEVEL WINNERS

Bluestone Vineyard
2017 Estate Grown Stainless Steel Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2016 K2 Red Blend
Category: Red Other

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2016 Carménère
Category: Red Other

Chateau MerrillAnne
2017 Viognier
Category: Viognier

Chateau Morrisette Winery
2016 Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Effingham Manor Winery
2016 Meritage
Category: Red Other

Effingham Manor Winery
2017 Tannat Reserve
Category: Red Other

Fox Meadow Winery
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Fox Meadow Winery
2017 Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Grace Estate Winery
2015 Colonel Richard Estate Tannat
Category: Red Other

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Vidal Blanc
Category: Vidal Blanc

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2016 Gewurztraminer
Category: White Other

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Ingleside Vineyards
Coastal White
Category: Chardonnay

Ingleside Vineyards
2017 Chardonnay Reserve
Category: Chardonnay

Ingleside Vineyards
Left Bank 2015
Category: Red Other

Ingleside Vineyards
2017 Albarino
Category: White Other

Narmada Winery
2016 Yash Vir
Category: Red Other

Philip Carter Winery
2016 Cleve
Category: Red Other

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
2017 Petit Manseng
Category: Petit Manseng

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
2017 Richland Reserve Heritage
Category: Red Other

Stanburn Winery
2017 Big A Red
Category: Red Other

Quivèrmont Winery
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

 

GOLD LEVEL WINNERS

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
2017 Traminette
Category: White Other

Bluestone Vineyard
2018 Rosé
Category: Rosé

Bluestone Vineyard
2016 Steep Face
Category: Chambourcin

Bluestone Vineyard
2014 Cadenza
Category: Red Other

Bluestone Vineyard
2013 Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
The Full Nelson Port
Category: Dessert

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2016 Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Chateau MerrillAnne
2016 Governor Spotswood
Category: Red Other

Chateau MerrillAnne
2016 Palace Red
Category: Red Other

Chateau Morrisette Winery
2017 Chambourcin
Category: Chambourcin

Chateau Morrisette Winery
2015 Chardonnay Reserve
Category: Chardonnay

Chateau Morrisette Winery
2016 Archival
Category: Red Other

Effingham Manor Winery
2017 Kings Ransom
Category: Red Other

Fox Meadow Winery
2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Category: Cabernet Franc

Fox Meadow Winery
2018 Pinot Grigio
Category: White Other

Fox Meadow Winery
2016 Le Renard Rouge
Category: Red Other

Fox Meadow Winery
2017 Toll Gate
Category: Cabernet Franc

Grace Estate Winery
2017 William Le Gras First Baron
Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Grace Estate Winery
2016 Le Gras Baril
Category: Red Other

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2018 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2018 Reisling
Category: Reisling

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Ranger Reserve
Category: Red Other 

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Horton Vineyards
2016 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

Horton Vineyards
Suil Sparkling Viognier
Category: Sparkling

Ingleside Vineyards
2015 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

Ingleside Vineyards
2015 Right Bank
Category: Red Other

Ingleside Vineyards
2015 Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Ingleside Vineyards
Red Drum Lot 16
Category: Red Other

Ingleside Vineyards
Sweet Rose Mallow
Category: Dessert

Morais Vineyards & Winery
2017 Touriga
Category: Red Other

Morais Vineyards & Winery
2017 Battlefield Green Wine
Category: White Other

Narmada Winery
2018 Mom
Category: Vidal Blanc

Narmada Winery
2017 Merlot
Category: Merlot

Narmada Winery
2017 Malbec
Category: Red Other

Narmada Winery
2017 Legacy
Category: Dessert

Narmada Winery
2018 Gulabi
Category: Rosé

Pearmund Cellars
2017 Toll Gate Petit Verdot
Category: Petit Verdot

Pearmund Cellars
2017 Ameritage
Category: Red Other

Pearmund Cellars
2017 Old Vine Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Philip Carter Winery
2016 Corotoman
Category: Red Other

Stanburn Winery
2018 Vidal Blanc
Category: Vidal Blanc

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
2016 Trinity
Category: Red Other

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
2016 Genesis
Category: Red Other

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
2016 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
2016 Provenance
Category: Red Other

Vint Hill Craft Winery
2018 Rosie
Category: Rosé

Vint Hill Craft Winery
2018 Gigi Pinot Gris
Category: White Other

Quivèrmont Winery
2017 Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

 

SILVER LEVEL WINNERS

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
2015 Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2016 Norton Red Spark
Category: Sparkling

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2017 Patricia Marie Pinot Gris
Category: White Other

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau MerrillAnne
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau MerrillAnne
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Effingham Manor Winery
2016 Rosé
Category: Rosé

Effingham Manor Winery
2018 Celebration
Category: White Other

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2018 Seyval Blanc
Category: Seyval Blanc

Gray Ghost Vineyards
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Horton Vineyards
Eden Apple Wine
Category: Fruit

Horton Vineyards
2016 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

Horton Vineyards
Erotes Sparkling Rosé
Category: Sparkling

Ingleside Vineyards
2017 Viognier
Category: Viognier

Morais Vineyards & Winery
2017 Moscatel
Category: Dessert

Morais Vineyards & Winery
2016 Select Collection Red
Category: Red Other

Narmada Winery
2017 Sur Lie Reserve Chardonel
Category: White Other

Narmada Winery
2016 Cabernet Franc
Category: Cabernet Franc

Narmada Winery
2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Category: Cabernet Franc

Narmada Winery
2018 Dream
Category: White Other

Philip Carter Winery
2018 Vo Vo Valley View Farm Peach
Category: Fruit

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
2017 Richland Reserve Viognier
Category: Viognier

Stanburn Winery
2016 Chambourcin
Category: Chambourcin

Stanburn Winery
2017 Traminette
Category: White Other

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
2017 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Vint Hill Craft Winery
2017 Vanessa
Category: Petit Verdot

Vint Hill Craft Winery
2017 Charlotte
Category: Chardonnay

Quivèrmont Winery
2014 Merlot
Category: Merlot

Quivèrmont Winery
2018 Rosé
Category: Rosé

WhiteBarrel Winery
2017 Vidal Blanc
Category: Vidal Blanc

 

BRONZE LEVEL WINNERS

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
2017 Melange
Category: Red Other

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
2016 Aglianico
Category: Red Other

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Casanel Vineyards & Winery
2017 Chardonnay
Category: Chardonnay

Chateau Morrisette Winery
2017 Viognier
Category: Viognier

Horton Vineyards
2018 Gears and Lace Pinotage Rosé
Category: Cabernet Franc

Morais Vineyards & Winery
2016 Rosé
Category: Rosé

Philip Carter Winery
2015, 1762
Category: Dessert

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
Rabelos Port
Category: Dessert

WhiteBarrel Winery
2017 Merlot
Category: Merlot

WhiteBarrel Winery
2017 Estate Reserve Petit Manseng
Category: Petit Manseng

 

Savor Wine Classic

The Criteria

The UC Davis 20 Point System evaluates wine on its own merits, looking at the following criteria and assigning the following points value:

Clarity – 2 points

Color – 2 points

Bouquet – 4 points

Total Acidity – 1 point

Sweetness – 1 point

Body/Texture – 2 points

Flavor/Taste – 2 points

Bitterness – 1 point

Finish – 1 point

Quality – 4 points

We tallied each judge’s evaluation sheet, came up with an average and placed each in one of four categories:

Platinum
80 percent or higher

Gold
65–79 percent

Silver
50–64 percent

Bronze
49 percent or lower

 

Savor Wine Classic Critics

The Critics

Whitney BerryAmerican Wine Society certified wine judge and sommelier

Liana Biscotti—introductory sommelier; bartender at Byrd and Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse, Norfolk

Stephanie Douglas—vintner, Aratas Wine; owner of Second St. restaurants, Newport News and Williamsburg

Lisa Hamaker—owner, Taste Virginia, which conducts culinary tours, including winery, brewery and spirits tours

Matt LaBarge—beverage director, Four Eleven York, Norfolk

Stanley R. Lawson—independent wine consultant, select Virginia wine distributors and wines stores in Coastal Virginia; wine educator and trainer

Marisa Marsey—recruiter, Johnson & Wales University; award-winning food, wine and travel writer

Bethany Morris—advanced sommelier candidate; general manager and wine director, Heirloom Restaurant, Virginia Beach

David Parkerson—sommelier; regional sales manager, Z Wine Guy LLC

Dylan Powell—general manager and beverage director, blanca Food + Wine, Norfolk

Melissa M. Stewart—executive editor, Savor Virginia magazine

Rick Yotti—beverage director, The Fat Canary, Williamsburg; general manager, The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg

 

River Stone Chophouse

Special Thanks

A special thank you to owners Brian and Teresa Mullins and their staff at River Stone Chophouse in northern Suffolk for their hospitality in hosting the 12th annual Savor Virginia Magazine Wine Classic judging. Their beautiful arts-and-crafts-style restaurant was the perfect venue for the judging. We encourage you to stop by and sample the award-winning cuisine and outstanding wine list.

River Stone Chophouse

8032 Harbour View Blvd., Suffolk
757-638-7990
RiverStoneChophouse.com

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