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Livermore Valley Results from SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:00 am

First off, hearty congrats to all those who entered, and especially to those who scored medals for everything they entered, including Ehrenberg Cellars (all for wines produced from vineyards outside the Livermore AVA). There were over 7000 entries in this competition, so tons of competition, but then, also more opportunities for really good wines to stand out.

While the overwhelming number of winners would take too long to list here, we thought we’d highlight some of the standouts, including the Best of Class winners, which are always a prized plum.

Meredith Saboraria was pleased to take two Best of Classes, one for the 2014 Stony Ridge “Trifecta” in the Bordeaux Blend Category and the other for the 2012 Syrah she helped finish while she was at Fenestra. Rhonda Wood scored a Best of Class for the 2014 Big Wood Zinfandel in the $32-$35.99 Zinfandel Class.

Page Mill Winery was honored with a Best of Class for the 2015 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir from Farina Vineyard ($45), while Steven Kent Winery scored a Best of Class for its 2013 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon in the $63 - $67 category. Well done!

In the $14 - $17.99 Chardonnay Category, Wente Vineyards scored Silver for the 2015 Morning Fog, while in the $22 - $25.99 Chardonnay category, Page Mill scored Silver for the 2015 Chandler Vineyard Chardonnay, and Stony Ridge posted a Silver for its 2015 Del Arroyo Chardonnay.

In the $26 - $29.99 Chardonnay Category, 3 Steves Winery garnered Gold for its 2015, as did Nottingham Cellars for its 2015 Fraser Howard. Ruby Hill scored Gold for its 2014 Livermore Chardonnay, as did Wente for its 2015 Eric’s Small Lot.

Fenestra Winery received a Silver for its 2015 Chardonnay in this category, as did McKahn Family for the Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Crooked Vine also added a Silver for its 2015 Del Arroyo Chardonnay, as did Rhonda Wood for her 2015 “Para Mas Amigas” Chard.

Page Mill scored Gold for the Vintner’s Select 2015 Livermore Valley Chardonnay, in the $30-$34.99 category, while Concannon Vineyard and McGrail Vineyards and Winery both scored Silver for their 2015 Livermore Chardonnays in that category.

In the $34 - $37.99 Chardonnay category, Darcie Kent Winery was awarded a Double Gold for the 2014 De Mayo Chardonnay ($35), and made it a two-fer, with yet another Double Gold for the Hoffman Vineyard Chardonnay, priced at $40, in the $38 - $41.99 Category. Way to go, Darcie and Julian!

Occasio Winery scored a Gold for its 2015 Chardonnay in the $34- $37.99 category, while TateDog came home with Silver for its 2013 Livermore Chardonnay. Las Positas Vineyards earne

d a Silver for its 2015 Chardonnay ($38) in the next category up.

Page Mill also won a Silver for Angela’s Cuvee Rose while Crooked Vine scored a Silver for its Del Arroyo Pinot Noir.

Rhonda, who is recovering from a broken leg, also reported she had been blessed with some nice scores from Wine Enthusiast as well, including a 92 points and Editors choice for the Wood Family Vineyards Chard and a 92 Collectors Circle on Cabernet Sauvignon “Especial,” plus 90 on the Big wood Zin, 89 on “el Loco Rojo” (Bordeaux blend) and 89 on the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the $25 and up Viognier Category, Crooked Vine scored a Silver for the 2015 from Del Arroyo Vineyard. Longevity Wines scored Silvers for both its 2015 Muscat Canelli and the 2015 Pinot Blanc from Buttner Vineyard.

Murietta’s Well scored a Double Gold for vintage 2014 of “The Whip” in the White Blends $20 and up category, while Retzlaff Estate Vineyards and Winery brought home a Silver for its 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

In the $27.00-$30.99 Cabernet Sauvignon Category, Ruby Hill Winery scored a Double Gold for its 2014 Livermore Cabernet, while Fenestra scored Gold for the 2012. Stony Ridge scored a Silver for the 2014 Del Arroyo Cab, while Charles R did the same for its nicely aging 2010 Cab and Wente also posted a Silver for its 2014 Charles Wetmore Cabernet.

In the $31 to $34.99 Cabernet Category, Bent Creek Winery scored Gold for its 2014 Cabernet, Livermore Valley, as did Eagle Ridge for its 2013 Cabernet.

Concannon scored Double Gold for its 2013 Livermore Cabernet in the $35-$38.99 category, where Cuda Ridge picked up Gold for its excellent 2014 Black Label Cabernet, Wood Family scored Gold for the 2014 Cabernet and Retzlaff picked up Silver for its 2011 Cabernet ($37).

In the $39 - $42 Cabernet Sauvignon Class, Crooked Vine and Concannon both scored Silvers: Concannon with the 2013 Mother Vine and Crooked Vine with the 2014, while Leisure Street also piled on a Silver for its 2013 Thatcher Bay Cab ($40) in the same category. Tate Dog also scored Silver in this category for its 2013 “Artesan” Cabernet.

In the $43 - $46.99 Cabernet Category, Caddis winery scored Silver for its 2014 Cab and McGrail scored a Silver for its 2013 Cabernet, and Mia Napote scored a Silver for the 2013 Lencioni Vineyard Cabernet.

Las Positas scored a Double Gold for its 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon in the $51 - $54.99 Cabernet Category, while Wood Family scored Gold for its 2014 “Especial.”

The 2013 Las Positas Reserve Cabernet, took a Gold in the $67 and above Cab Category. Well done!

In the $59 to $62.99 Cabernet Sauvignon Class, Cuda Ridge winery scored a Gold for its 2013, as did Nottingham Cellars for the 2014 Smith Ranch Cabernet, while the 3 Steves scored Silver for its 2013 Livermore Valley Cabernet, and Nottingham Cellars took Silver for the 2014 Casa de Vinas Cabernet.

Topping the $63 - $66.99 Cabernet Category, The Steven Kent Winery scored a prodigious Double Gold for its 2013 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the $15 - $18.99 Merlot Category, Wente took home a Gold for its 2013 Sandstone Livermore Merlot, while in the $19 – 22.99 Merlot Category, Longevity scored a Silver for its 2012.

In the $23 - $26.99 Merlot category, Fenestra scored Gold for its 2011, and in the $31 - $34.99 Merlot Category, Retzlaff hauled in a Silver for its 2011 Estate Merlot.

In the $35 and up Merlot Category, Steven Kent scored another Double Gold, this time for the 2013 BDX Collection Merlot, while 3 Steves posted a Silver, as did Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery for its 2013 Merlot.

In the $25 and over Cabernet Franc category, Wood Family scored Gold for its 2014, as did Fenestra for its 2013. Crooked Vine took a Silver for its 2014, as did Cuda Ridge, while Darcie Kent took a Silver for her 2013 Cab Franc called “Stone Patch.” Rodrigue Molyneaux also scored Silver for its 2013 Cabernet Franc, while Enoteca Five scored Silver for the 2012 Lodi Cabernet Franc.

For Petit Verdot, both Concannon and Cuda Ridge scored Silvers for their 2013s, while both scored Golds for their 2013 and 2014 Malbecs in the $25 and over category. Cuda Ridge scored Gold for both the 2013 and 2014 Malbecs. Las Positas scored a Silver for its 2014 Malbec.

For Bordeaux Blends up to $24.99, Cedar Mountain Winery took Silver for its 2014 “Duet.” In the $25 to $31.99 Bordeaux Blend category, Longevity scored a Gold for the 2012 “PressTon.”

In the Bordeaux Blend $35 - $44.99 category, Wood Family scored Gold for its 2014 “El Loco Rojo,” Crooked Vine scored Silver for the “Moxie,” McGrail scored a Silver for its 2014 blend and Fenestra took Silver for the 2012 “Conjugation.”

Las Positas scored a Gold for its 2013 “Meritage, $72” in the Red Bordeaux $45 and over category, while Darcie Kent scored Silvers for the 2013 “Crown Block Red” and 2013 “Choreography,” both $45. Nottingham Cellars also scored a Silver in this class for the 2013 “Supremacy.”

All in all, an impressive outing for Livermore wineries in the Bordeaux categories overall.

Now, moving on to Rhones. In the $20 and over Grenache Category, Vasco Urbano scored a Gold for its 2014 Marina Ranch, and Fenestra scored a Silver for its 2012. Fenestra also scored a Silver for its 2013 Livermore Estate Mourvedre.

Ehrenberg scored Silver in the $25-$29 Syrah category for its 2012 Solano County effort, while Bent Creek scored Gold for its 2014 Syrah in the $29 - $32.99 category.

In the Syrah $37 to $40.99 Category, Dante Robere Vineyards scored Double Gold for its 2014 Estate Reserve and a Gold for its 2014 Livermore Valley Syrah, while Mitchell Katz Winery scored a Gold for the 2013 Clark’s Vineyard Syrah. Caddis scored Silvers for both its 2013 and 2014 examples.

Las Positas scored a Gold for its “Obscuras” red blend, priced at $45, in the Other Red Blends over $25 category, while they took a pair of Silvers for the 2013 and 2014 “Coccineous” blends. Murrietta’s Well took home a Silver for the 2013 “The Spur” in this category.

Concannon took Gold for its 2013 Stampmaker’s Red in the Rhone Blends $25 and Over category. Dante Robere and Nottingham both scored Silvers in that category for its 2014“Dante’s Inferno” and 2014 “The Sheriff,” respectively. Aaron Luna of Fenestra also won silver for the Grenache-dominant blend, 2012 Infrared.

In the Petite Sirah up to $24.99 category, Concannon scored a Gold for the 2014, while in the Petite Sirah $25 to $28.99 Category, Fenestra took home a Silver for the 2013. In the $29 - $32.99 Petite Sirah Category, Bent Creek took a Silver for its 2014.

In the $33 and over Petite Sirah category, Dante Robere scored a Double Gold for its 2013 Livermore Petite, while Eagle Ridge scored a Gold for its 2012 and John Evan Cellars scored a Silver for its Barrel-Aged, Unfiltered 2013 Petite ($105). Concannon scored Silvers for its 2009, 2013 and 2014 Petite’s in this category, as did Charles R Vineyards for its 2012 Petite, and Crooked Vine also racked up a Silver for its 2014.

In the $28 - $31.99 Zinfandel Category, Bent Creek scored Silver for its 2014, as did Eagle Ridge for its 2013, along with Stony Ridge for its 2014 Del Arroyo Zin, while Dante Robere scored Double Gold in the $32 - $35.99 category, and Darcie Kent came home with a Silver for her 2013 Field Blend Zin.

In the $40 to $43.99 Zinfandel Category, Occasio took home Silver for the 2014 Del Arroyo Zin.

In the $44 to $47.99 Zin category, Caddis came away with a Silver for its 2014 “Double Dog” Zin.

In the $25 and up Zin Blends category, Dante Robere scored a Silver for its NV “Two Cellar Rats III.”

Garre Vineyard and Winery scored a Silver for its 2013 Livermore Primitivo, as well as a Silver for its 2011 Livermore Valley Sangiovese, while Rubino Estates took home a Silver for its 2015 Nebbiolo.

Las Positas took Silvers for both its 2013 and 2014 Barberas and Silvers for both its 2013 and 2014 Tempranillo’s, Livermore Valley.

Concannon also took a Double Gold for the 2014 Paso Cabernet in the $19-$22.99 category and Darcie Kent scored Double Gold for the Riva Blackjack Gruner, Gold for the Pinot and Silver for the Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc.

Dessert, Anyone?

Eagle Ridge won Silver for its Cadison Dessert wine, while Bent Creek scored a Double Gold for its 2012 Petite Sirah Port and Cedar Mountain scored a Silver for its Livermore Valley Port.

Congratulations to all!

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