Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nottingham Cellars scores high in Wine Enthusiast

Nottingham Cellars continues to shake up the wine world with several wines listed in the December 2011 issue of Wine Enthusiast journal.  Nottingham’s winemaker Collin Cranor has already captured 26 wine awards this year at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Best of the Bay awards.  He even captured the Judge’s Best award at the Livermore Valley Taste of Terroir.  Now the wine press, in particular, the journal Wine Enthusiast, has awarded more accolades on this Livermore Valley winery.

The Nottingham Cellars 2008 Supremacy, a Bordeaux blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Petite Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec captured 90 points from Wine Enthusiast.  The reviewers stated that “Supremacy is young winemaker Collin Cranor’s showcase of what the right fruit and right winemaking in Livermore Valley can do with the right vision.”   The price is $40.  Note that Supremacy is one of only a handful of Livermore Valley wines that have reached that 90+ scale from the major wine journals.

Nottingham Cellars 2009 Del Arroyo Vineyard Chardonnay captured 89 points in Wine Enthusiast.   This 2009 Chardonnayfrom Livermore Valley is a none-oaked Chardonnay, fermented and aged in stainless steel.  It has a brisk acidity and great minerality, delivering flavors of apple and pear.  This is a great summer wine for only $18.

The 2009 Livermore Valley Black Label Petite Sirah from Nottingham Cellars walked away with an 87 point award from Wine Enthusiast.  This wine shows you why Petite Sirah is the Livermore Valley grape.  The fruit is from the high quality Casa De Vinas vineyard in Livermore.  It starts with a dark inky color followed with the aromas and flavors of dark fruit, black cherry, chocolate, and rich ripe tannins.  It shows deep complexity and a wonderful combination of flavors that continue on forever.  The price is $32

The tasting room, located at 2245C South Vasco Road across from Lawrence Livermore Labs, is in an industrial office park where you will spy their flags out front as you drive along Vasco.  They are open Friday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Stop by to taste this bit of Livermore.  Parking is easy so stop by for some award-winning wines.

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