Accolades

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

2009 J. Baldwin Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel
  • 2012 Sonoma Harvest Fair Gold Medal
2009 Slater Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
  • 2012 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal
2007 J. Baldwin Dawn Hill Ranch Zinfandel
  • 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal
  • James Meléndez reviewed ZAP 2011. He rated our 2007 Dawn Hill Ranch Zinfandel at 9.1 (among some prestigious wines) on February 3, 2011.
2008 J. Baldwin Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel
  • James Meléndez, on February 3, 2011, reviewed over 130 wines at ZAP 2011. He rated 2008 Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel at 9.3 (his highest rated wine at ZAP 2011). 
  • ZAP's (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) 19th Annual Tasting of Zin was held on January 30, 2010 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It is the largest tasting of any single variety on earth. We poured a barrel sample of our 2008 Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel. We were fortunate to be included in several reviews, and we are gratified that this new vineyard generated so much enthusiasm among wine writers.
  • Norcalwine.com reviewed 97 wines and included ours among his "Highly Recommended."
  • Grapelive.com reviewed ZAP and featured our wine among his favorites.
  • Vinography.com scored our wine among many exemplary producers "around 9"
  • A Decadent Existence also ranked us among their favorites. Scroll down to the photo of our temporary home-printed label. (It's a barrel sample, so we didn't use a real label.)
2008 J. Baldwin Dawn Hill Ranch Zinfandel
  • Wine Country Insider: "The 2008 Dawn Hill vineyard bottling from J. Baldwin, a small Sonoma producer, was a stunning example of dry-farmed zinfandel .... This $28 bottle tasted of fresh raspberries and was very smooth and easy to drink. It’s predecessor, the 2007, won gold medal honors at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2011."
Comments about previous vintages:
  • We had a dinner party last night with some people from the museum.  We served your 2004 DHR Zinfandel and some other wines. DHR won the empty bottle test--it was the first one to be finished. Thanks very much. --MM
  • 2003 Dawn Hill Ranch Zinfandel. After opening the first bottle, I am most glad I took two.  (So is Janet) What I most appreciated is the balance of flavors without being over-the-top as so many zin and/or cabernet based wines can be in California. A real treat. --JM
  • It is 5:30 pm and I am drinking a 2002 DHR Zinfandel and it is simply fantastic. Fruity without being overwhelming; a light and so drinkable wine (if I were a critic I would call it “approachable”). --MS
  • We opened the 2001 DHR Zinfandel last night. Great color, lovely nose and good grip with an intriguing spiciness. Lesley's short review: "delicious." --RVB


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