Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Livermore Valley brings home Gold from San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Twenty-eight Livermore Valley wineries picked up 145 awards at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including a Best of Class for the Steven Kent Smith Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Livermore Valley winemakers took home 9 Double Gold, 26 Gold, 71 Silver and 38 Bronze awards. Congratulations to those award-winning winemakers in this diverse wine region in the heart of the Bay Area.

The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines and this year included a record breaking 5,500 entries from 25 states and judged by 60 prominent wine judges. The competition is always fierce and as the number of entries grow, it becomes tougher.
In addition to the Best of Class award for Steven Kent, seven wineries captured Double Gold awards including Bent Creek, Crooked Vine, Darcie Kent, Fenestra Winery, La Rochelle, Nottingham Cellars and Rios-Lovell Estate Winery. Following are awards picked up by Livermore Valley Wineries.
  • 3 Steves Winery– won a Silver medal for the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Auburn James Winery– captured three Silver medals for their 2008 Bordeaux blend, 2009 Malbec and 2010 Chardonnay. In addition they got Bronze medals for their 2009 Bella Vista Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Bella Vista Block 14 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bent Creek Winery– picked up two Double Golds for their 2010 Petite Sirah and the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. They also go two Golds for the 2010 Syrah and 2010 Zinfandel and Bronze for the 2010 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Red on Red blend. Realize that they got medals last year for previous vintages of the Petite Sirah, Red on Red, Syrah and Zinfandel, so Bent Creek is a regular winner at the competition.
  • Charles R Vineyards– brought home Silver medals for the 2008 Casa de Vinus Cab and 2008 Casa de Vinus Petite Sirah
  • Concannon Vineyards– brought home the most medals in Livermore with a total of 18 medals including four Gold medals awarded for the 2010 Conservancy Cab, 2008 Polo Field Petite Sirah, 2008 Mother Vine Cab and 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. In addition Concannon captured 6 Silver medals and 8 Bronze medals
  • Crooked Vine Winery– won a Double Gold medal for the 2010 Del Arroyo Pinot Noir, plus they got six Silver medals and a Bronze
  • Cuda Ridge Wines– captured Silver medals for their 2010 Petit Verdot, 2010 Merlot, 2010 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a Bronze for the 2010 Syrah
  • Darcie Kent Vineyards– a Double Gold medal was won for the 2010 Madden Ranch Petite Sirah and Gold medals for the 2010 Picazo Merlot, 2011 Rava Blackjack Gruner Veltliner, 2011 Rava Blackjack Pinot Noir and Silver medals for the 2010 Madden Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Rava Blackjack Sauvignon Blanc
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyards– Bronze award for 2011 MadCait Angelica Fortified wine
  • En Garde Winery– earned a Gold medal for their 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir and the Magdelena fortified wine, plus Silver medals for the 2008 Reserve Cab, 2008 Napa Valley Cab, 2009 Adamus Bordeaux blend, and 2009 Pinot Noir
  • Fenestra Winery– grabbed 11 medals including a Double Gold award for the 2009 Conjugation Bordeaux blend, and Gold for the 2009 Touriga and 2010 Graciano, plus seven Silver medals and a Bronze
  • Harris Tesla Vineyard– received Gold for the 2009 Cab and Silver for the 2008 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • La Rochelle Winery– did well with two Double Gold medals for the 2010 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and 2009 Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir and Silvers for the 2009 Donum Estate Pinot Noir and 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
  • Longevity Wines– received Silver medals for the 2009 Syrah, 2009 Petit Verdot, 2009 Philosophy Bordeaux blend and the 2009 Debru-vee Rhone blend
  • McGrail Vineyards & Winery– picked up Silver for the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mia Nipote Winery– brought home a Silver for the 2009 Lencioni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mitchell Katz Winery– Gold medal were awarded for the 2005 Falling Star Tawny Port, 2010 Falling Star Merlot and the 2010 Falling Star Petite Sirah Port plus Silver for the 2011 Chardonnay, 2009 Petite Sirah, 2010 Liquid Love Zinfandel port and 2010 Petite Sirah
  • Murrieta’s Well– won Gold for the 2010 “The Spur” red blend and Silver for the 2011 “The Whip” white blend
  • Nottingham Cellars– as usual Nottingham won many medals including a Double Gold for the 2010 Awakening Rhone blend, plus Gold for the 2009 Supremacy Bordeaux blend, Silver for the 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 Petite Sirah, 2010 Cab and 2011 Viognier, plus Bronze for the 2009 Casa De Vinas Cab, 2009 Micro Lot Cab and 2010 Merlot
  • Occasio Winery– captured Gold medals for the 2010 Zinfandel and 2010 Thatcher Bay Merlot, plus Silver for the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, and Bronze for the 2010 Petite Sirah, 2009 Merlot, 2011 Chardonnay and 2010 Cab
  • Retzlaff Winery– picked up a Gold for the 2005 Bordeaux blend and Silver for the 2009 Chardonnay
  • Rios-Lovell Estate Winery– was honored with a Double Gold for the Cab/Merlot port, Silver for the Zin port and Sangiovese port, plus Bronze for the 2007 Zinfandel and 2008 Cab
  • Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery– picked up a Gold for the 2005 Bordeaux blend and Silver for the 2009 Chardonnay
  • Steven Kent Winery– proudly took home the Best in Class award for the 2009 Smith Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon plus a Silver medal for the 2009 Folkendt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Bronze for the 2009 Petit Verdot
  • Tamas Estates– captured Bronze medals for the 2009 Nebbiolo and the 2010 Sorrento white blend
  • TateDog Wines– got a Gold medal for the 2009 Wisner Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Thomas Coyne Winery– continues to win awards with a Silver for the 2010 Confluence Bordeaux blend and 2011 Viognier, plus Bronze for the 2007 Grenache and 2010 Petit Verdot
  • Wente Vineyards– took home 10 medals including three Golds for the 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 Merlot and 2010 Small Lot Cabernet Franc, plus 4 Silver and 3 Bronze medals
The public is invited to the Public Tasting to be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Saturday, February 16th at 2 – 5 p.m.

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