The Best Wine
This past weekend we received the results from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This contest is heralded as the "largest competition of American Wines in the world" and judges over 5500 entries. I am happy to report that we did extremely well! We entered 5 wines and they all medaled, including Best of Class on our 2009 Russian River Chardonnay and 2009 Dry Creek Zinfandel, Double Gold on our Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Gold on our Dry Creek Valley Merlot. Does winning these accolades mean we actually do craft the best Chardonnay and Zinfandel? Our DCV Zin that pulled in the Double Gold and Best of Class was also awarded 92 points from Wine Spectator. So, perhaps you are thinking WOW that Zin must be outstanding! On the other hand, Wine Enthusiast gave it 82 points. What does all this mean? Well, wines and palates are subjective, and, for example, some will love a wine while others may think it's too ripe or "out of focus".
Because of this press, we are sure to sell out of these wines quickly and that is great. Looking to the future, what happens next yeat when we enter wines in this pretigious SF Chronicle competition and only receive a few Golds? Is that a letdown because we didn't make Best of Class? Should we shy away from the contest because we are not sure we will do as well as we did this year? I can assure you of one thing - I will continue to be the winemaker and Randy will continue to be the winegrower who cultivates this caliber of fruit that we crush in the winery year in and year out. We will also keep you posted on the people and publications that love our wines and award them high ratings. As for the average ratings and reviews...not so much! Wine (and your palate) is subjective...drink what you like!