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February/March 2024 Buying Guide

96 pts, Cellar Selection – 2022 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards Pinot Noir
93 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Sonoma County
92 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap
88 pts – 2022 Chardonnay Petaluma Gap

Fall Reviews

September 4, 2023

94 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap
93 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Marshall Ranch
92 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Fay’s Reserve
92 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
91 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Spring Reviews

February 28, 2023

92 pts – 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins River Ranch
92 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
92 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Wine of the week: Vaughn Duffy, 2019 Old River Red

August 8, 2023

Like Albert Einstein, who said “imagination is more important than knowledge,” Matt Duffy champions creativity.

“I think to produce a good red blend, you have to have a good imagination,” said Duffy, co-vintner and winemaker of Kenwood’s Vaughn Duffy Wines.

Duffy’s imagination has served him well. He crafted our wine of the week winner — the Vaughn Duffy, 2019 Old River Red, North Coast Red Wine, 14.5%, $35, 4.5 stars. It’s red with a big personality, bold fruit flavors, and a silky texture. It has generous aromas and flavors of cherry and cranberry, with an intriguing streak of black raspberry from start to finish.

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VAUGHN DUFFY PINOT NOIR WINS IT ALL

April 12, 2023

An unexpected phone call left Matt Duffy in a state of shock last week. When he awoke the next morning, he was even more stunned to discover it hadn’t been a dream.

At the 11th annual contest last week, Vaughn Duffy Wines, 2021 Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Vineyards, Russian River Valley beat out nearly 1,200 wines to win the Best of the Best award, the competition’s highest honor. The stellar pinot noir also garnered Best of Show Red and Best of Sonoma County awards.

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2023 RESULTS

April 11, 2023

Best of the Best – 2021 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards
Best of Show Red – 2021 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards
Best of Sonoma County – 2021 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards
99 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards
Best of Class – 2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Double Gold – 2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
98 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Double Gold – 2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap
97 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap

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2023 MEDAL WINNERS

January 20, 2023

Double Gold – 2021 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap
Double Gold – 2021 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyards

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IT'S A JOURNEY

Feb 27, 2022

Sara Vaughn and Matt Duffy weren’t born into wine. Matt went down the rabbit hole for wine production after working his first harvest in the Sierra Foothills. He followed that up with an internship at Siduri, an immersion into top quality Pinot Noir from all over the West Coast. He received a crash course in winemaking at Vinify, a Santa Rosa custom crush business. All the way Sara supported his passion for wine. In 2009 the couple took the plunge and made two barrels of their own Pinot Noir. The Vaughn Duffy label was launched.

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2020 Rosé Score

June 2, 2021

90 pts – Vibrant and refreshing, with peach and watermelon flavors that finish on a snappy accent.

Summer 2021 Scores

May 11, 2021

93 pts – 2018 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard
92 pts – 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma County
90 pts – 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

2021 Medal Winners

April 3, 2021

Best of Class – 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Gold Medal – 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins River Ranch
Silver Medal – 2018 Old River Red Blend North Coast

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Fall 2020 Scores

November 15, 2020

90 pts – 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley Reserve
90 pts – 2019 Rosé of Carignane Mendocino County
89 pts – 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
89 pts – 2018 Old River Red North Coast

Fall 2019 Scores

November 15, 2019

93 pts – 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
93 pts – 2017 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard
92 pts – 2017 Pinot Noir Fay’s Reserve
92 pts – 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley
91 pts – 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins River Ranch

Fall 2018 Scores

November 26, 2018

94 pts – 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
93 pts – 2016 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fall 2016 Scores

October 7, 2016

93 pts – 2014 Pinot Noir Stori Vineyard
92 pts – 2014 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard
91 pts – 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Spring 2015 Scores

April 30, 2015

91 pts – 2013 Pinot Noir Stori Vineyard
90 pts – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins River Ranch
92 pts – 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir
89 pts – 2013 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard
88 pts – 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Wineries to Watch in 2015

October 2, 2015

Matt Duffy and his wife Sarah Vaughn make… one of California’s freshest rosés and a clean, floral Russian River Valley pinot noir. The newest addition is a savory, taut Russian River Valley sauvignon blanc from 40-year-old vines.

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Summer 2015 Scores

June 4, 2015

90 pts – 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
One of the Year’s Best Pinot Noirs

92 pts – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Hopkins River Ranch
One of the Year’s Best & Best Buy

91 pts – 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Best Buy for 2015

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir Review

May 23, 2014

Sonoma winemaker Matt Duffy’s pink wine is back in super shape, and a bargain considering its Sonoma Pinot base. It’s plusher and fruitier than in the past, full of brambly blackberry and peach, with a minty kick to finish.

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2009 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard Review

May 31, 2012

A delicate, well-structured style that’s light in color, with snappy raspberry and wild berry flavors that are clean and refreshing, ending with notes of spice and wilted rose. Drink now through 2020. 49 cases made. – JL

Seven Winemakers to Watch in 2012

December 27, 2011

Matt Duffy and Sara Vaughn love Pinot Noir almost as much as they love each other. In 2007 they gave up all the perks of city life (they still miss being able to see Giants games at a minute’s notice) to make Pinot Noir in Sonoma…

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2009 Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard Review

September 11, 2011

Matt Duffy found an edgy, impressive approach for his inaugural vintage from the stellar Suacci site. Refreshing, moss tinged and foresty, with dark mineral and appealing fruit – raspberry, bayberry, vibrant orange peel. A touch of whole-cluster spice adds a final, complex touch.