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Medals & Awards


Klinker Brick Winery is very proud to have earned a large number of medals and awards over the years from distinguished organizations and competitions across the country and the world. Below we feature some of our highlights.

2015 Rosé

Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
90 Points

2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

Wilfred Wong, Wine.com
94 Points

2013 Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Wine Enthusiast, March 2016
92 Points

Wine Spectator, Jan 2016
89 Points

2013 Old Ghost

Wine Enthusiast, March 2016
89 Points

Tasting Panel
90 Points

2013 1850°

Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
89 Points

Tasting Panel
92 Points

New World Int'l Wine Competition
Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Gold, 94 Points

2013 Rosé

Monterey Wine Festival, 2014
Gold Medal

2013 Farrah Syrah

San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition, 2015
Double Gold

El Dorado County Fair, 2015
Double Gold

2012 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

Indy Int'l Wine Competition, 2014
Wine of the Year
Best of Class, Zinfandel

2012 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

Amenti Del Vino Int'l Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

Monterey Wine Festival, 2014
Gold Medal

Wine Spectator
Daily Pick, August 11, 2014

2012 Farrah Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, December 2014
91, Editor's Choice

Amenti Del Vino Int'l Wine Cometition, 2014
Gold Medal

Pacific Rim Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

Monterey Wine Festival, 2014
Gold Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

2012 Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition, 2015
Gold Medal

Wine Spectator, Jan. 2015
Top 12 Zinfandels of 2012

2012 1850°

Amenti Del Vino Int'l Wine Cometition, 2014
Double Gold

Wine Enthusiast, August 2015
91 Points

2011 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

Wine Spectator, December 2013
89 Points, Smart Buy

Indy International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master
90 Points

2011 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

American Fine Wine Competition, 2014
Double Gold

Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master
92 Points

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

Florida State Fair Wine Competition, 2014
Double Gold

2011 Farrah Syrah

American Wine Society Int'l Wine Competition
Double Gold, Best Red Wine of Show

Indy International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

2011 Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Pacific Rim Wine Competition, 2014
Gold Medal

2014 Grand Harvest Awards
Gold Medal

American Wine Society Int'l Wine Competition
Gold Medal

Indy International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master
94 Points

Florida State Fair Wine Competition, 2014
Gold

Monterey Wine Festival, 2014
Gold Medal

Consumer Wine Awards, 2014
Gold Medal

2011 Bricks & Mortar

American Wine Society Int'l Wine Competition
Gold Medal

Indy International Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal

Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master
93 Points

Monterey Wine Festival, 2014
Gold Medal

2010 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

California State Fair, 2012
95 Points, Gold Medal

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Best in Class

Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master
92 Points

Loco for Lodi Wine
So what exactly is a Classic Lodi Zin, you might ask? I'd describe it as a value-priced, big, rich, spicy, high alcohol Zinfandel from old vines (85 years old in the case of this wine). As we've discussed in the first couple installments of this series, Lodi is a great value region for all types of wine. However, when I had the opportunity to ask a couple of winemakers from the area which variety offered the very best value compared to other regions, the quick reply came back as Zinfandel. And the Klinker Brick was offered up as the "Quintessential Lodi Zin". 
The 2010 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel begins with a very pleasant aroma of black raspberry and other dark fruits, mint, and spice. Tasting the wine reveals remarkably little heat considering the 15.8% alcohol. The wine is smooth and soft with lots of rich dark fruit and spice. It's frankly quite fun to drink with lots of rich flavors, vanilla and caramel. Some oaky notes flow into the long finish. Very nice!
      -Reverse Wine Snob, May 2013

2010 Farrah Syrah

91 Points, Top Value from California
A big, rich, full-bodied and expressive mix of spicy, beefy flavors, this deeply fruited Syrah flirts with berry jam yet gains depth and sophistication.
      -Wine Spectator, Dec 2012

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Best in Class

California State Fair Wine Competition, 2012
98 Points Double Gold, Best Syrah of California

Gold Medal
     -American Wine Society Competition, 2012

91 Points
Deep and dense with ripe cassis, black raspberry and vanilla oak notes; rich and full bodied with lovely balance, tangy acidity and a long luscious finish.
     -The Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias: Blue Reviews.  March 2013

2009 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2009 Farrah Syrah

2011 East Coast international wine competition
Double Gold Medal

2011 Long Beach Grand Cru
Gold Medal

95 Points
Utterly decadent. With all the rivers of Syrah currently gushing across the borders of Washington state, it seemed a bit kinky to feature one from a somewhat frowned-upon region of California, a state which a lot of “experts” regard as too warm a climate to grow “proper” Syrah. Having never been especially proper, I tasted this and simply dropped my teeth on the floor. Sourced from the “monster-wine” appellation of Lodi, Klinker Brick’s “Farrah” certainly expresses the area’s notorious “fruit bomb-ish” character but then adds a fine-grained layer of acids and firm but supple tannins to create what might best be called an “Uber-Rhone”. This wine is rich and soft and deep and black as the pit of hell and is scaled like a Napa Power Cabernet but shows an totally uncharacteristic grace and balance that makes this, hands down, the finest wine of any type I’ve ever found from rural old Lodi. The palate is broad and emphatic, offering up gobs of blackberry liqueur, plum jam, stewed raspberries, pie crust, sage, pepper, cocoa, espresso, and flowers, with grace notes of spruce and gunpowder. The nose is incense, waffle cone, hot cherries, and cafe au lait and the texture is as sensual and luxurious as any wine I’ve sampled in two years. The very thing that gives this wine its romance and fantastic appeal is the thing that will probably have hide-bound Francophiles forming their pursed pieholes into a prissy little moue of disapproval: it tastes rich and soft and fruity and sexy. For the faux-French hoardes, these things are the Syrah Kiss of Death. More for the rest of us, is my view. This is one of the most fabulous deals in American Syrah in the past ten years.
    -The Pour Fool's Daily Picks

2009 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

92 PTS WILFRED WONG
(Tasted: August 31, 2011, Concord, CA USA) Deep ruby color; husky, rich, ripe fruit aroma with a hit of oak; full bodied, textured on the palate, juicy and rounded; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; ripe berry, juicy and fresh; lingering finish, juicy aftertaste. 92 PTS WILFRED WONG. Deftly combining ripe jam with sweet oak, the luxurious '09 Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel shows that Lodi can make some of California's finest wines; simply fine!

2008 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2008 Farrah Syrah

2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2007 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal

2006 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2005 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel

2008 International Eastern Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2008 West coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2007 "Best of the Bay Wine Competition & Zinfandel Challenge"

Gold Medal

2005 Farrah Syrah

2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal

2008 International Eastern Wine Competition
Gold Medal