Thursday, January 12, 2012

McGrail Vineyards wins top honors in San Francisco Chronicle with best red wine

On January 6, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition announced the results of the 2012 competition and the 2008 Livermore Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from McGrail Vineyards and Winery in Livermore Valley is the Red Wine Sweepstakes winner.  The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competitions of American wines in the world with over 5,500 entries.  As a Sweepstakes winner, all 65 judges from throughout the wine industry and the country voted on this wine, selecting it as the best red wine of the year. 

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is produced from handpicked fruit on the McGrail estate along Greenville Road in Livermore.  It is barrel aged for 30 months in 70% new oak, a blend of American, French and Hungarian wood.  This sophisticated wine delivers lush dark fruit, baking spices, vanilla, and soft tannins that continue on to the long warm finish.

McGrail is a family owned winery that specializes in estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  Jim and Ginger McGrail planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon on their property in 1999 and originally sold the fruit to local high end wine producer.  By 2005 McGrail started production of 1000 cases of wine per year.  They finished their new winery in April, 2008 and in September 2009 they hired Mark Clarin as their winemaker.  Great grapes, perfect location and a leading winemaker have resulted in McGrail reaching new heights in Cabernet Sauvignon.

The honor of winning the 2012 Sweepstakes award in the San Francisco Wine Competition not only shows the success of McGrail Vineyards and Winery but of the quality that is coming from the Livermore Valley today.

Be sure to come to the annual Public Tasting for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at Fort Mason Center on Saturday, February 18th.

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