Saturday, January 14, 2012

Santa Cruz Mountains Wines win at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Santa Cruz Mountain wineries brought home gold at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including one Best of Class, 3 Double Gold, 10 Gold, 26 Silver and 23 Bronze awards.  Congratulations to those award-winning winemakers in this exciting wine region.  The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines and this year included a record breaking 5,500 entries judged by 65 prominent wine judges.  The competition is always fierce and as the number of entries grow, it becomes tougher.

Best of Class awards went to La Rusticana d’Orsa for their 2008 La Rusticana Cinque Bordeaux blend.  Double Gold medals were captured by Bargetto Winery for their 2009 Regan Estate Pinot Noir Reserve, Martin Ranch Winery for the Therese Vineyards 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Naumann Vineyards 2009 Tre Rosso Cali Bordeaux blend.
 
Other award winners for Santa Cruz Mountain wineries are:
  • Bargetto Winery  - in addition to the Double Gold for their Pinot Noir, brought home a Bronze medal for the 2007 Regan Estate La Vita
  • Beauregard Vineyards– captured Silver for the 2008 Estate Chardonnay
  • Byington Vineyards & Winery– won Bronze for the 2008 Block 4 Pinot Noir
  • Cinnabar Winery– picked up a Gold medal for the 2009 Sorcerer’s Stone blend and Silver for the 2009 Mercury Rising Bordeaux Blend
  • Heart O’ the Mountain– got a Bronze medal for the 2008 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Hillcrest Terrace Winery –brought home a Silver for the 2009 Regan Vineyard Chardonnay and two Bronze medals for the 2008 Regan Vineyard Merlot and 2009 Fambrini Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • La Honda Winery– was happy with the Gold medal for 2008 Salinian Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Bronze for the 2009 Sequence Pinot Noir
  • Loma Prieta Winery– picked up a Bronze medal for their 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot
  • Martin Ranch Winery– in addition to the Double Gold for the Therese Vineyards 2007 Cab, also got a Silver for the 2007 JD Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Martin Ray Winery – captured Silver for the 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mica Cellars – won a Bronze medal for the 2010 Smith Road Vintners Pinot Noir
  • Michael Martella Wines– topped off with a Gold medal for the 2009 Carmel Hill Syrah and Bronze for the 2008 Hammer Syrah
  • Muccigrosso Vineyards– brought home Gold for the 2007 Pinot Noir, three Silver medals for the 2008 Lyn Zin, 2008 Pinot Noir and 2008 El Cartero Pinot Noir, plus Bronze for the 2008 Jupiter Sangiovese
  • Odonata Wines– picked up two Silver medals for the 2009 Machado Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah and 2009 Zayante Vineyard Syrah
  • Perrucci Family Vineyard– did well with two Gold medals for the 2008 Merlot and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon plus Bronze for the 2006 Special Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards– the Quinta Cruz brand won Gold for the 2009 Graciano and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards got Silver for the 2009 Branciforte Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Sarah’s Vineyard– won Gold for their 2010 Chardonnay and two Bronze medals for the 2007 Merlot and 2010 Pinot Noir
  • Soquel Vineyards– brought home several awards including four Silver medals for the 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 Saveria Pinot Noir, 2010 Pinot Noir and 2009 Saveria Vineyard Petite Sirah, plus two Bronze medals for the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir and 2010 Lester Pinot Noir
  • Storrs Winery and Vineyards– captured two Gold medals for the 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Petite Sirah, four Silver medals for the 2008 Zinfandel, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Late Harvest Zinfandel and 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, plus Bronze for the 2007 Christie Pinot Noir
  • Thomas Fogerty Winery– took home Silver for the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, and three Bronze medals for the 2009 Gewurtztraminer, 2008 Chardonnay and 2007 Cabernet Franc
  • Vine Hill Winery– the Cumbre brand captured two Silver medals for the 2008 Raffaelli Pinot Noir and 2008 Hicks Family Vineyard Pinot Noir and Bronze for the 2008 Godinez Pinot Noir, plus Vine Hill got two Bronze medals for the 2009 Clements Ridge Chardonnay and 2009 Pinot Noir
The public is invited to the Public Tasting to be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Saturday, February 18th at 2 – 5 p.m.
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