We managed to get all but one of the winners:
Unfortunately I was unable to find a bottle of the 2012 Savannah Chanelle Vineyards, Muns Vineyard - Gold. Next year I promise to react more quickly to the results. Medal winning helps wines sell out.
- 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Estate - Gold
- 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Lester Family Vineyards - Double Gold
- 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Partner's Reserve - Double Gold
- 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Library Selection - Gold
- 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Coast Grade Vineyard - Gold
- 2012 Villa del Monte Winery, William Vincent - Gold
- 2011 Storrs Winery and Vineyards, Christie Vineyard - Best of Class
- 2012 Woodenhead, Lester Family - Gold
The wines were opened an hour before the tasting began, which hopefully helped them open up a little; they were a little young to drink.
The usuals all showed up. We tasted, discussed, rated, and loudly discussed politics some.
E - 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Partner's Reserve came in second place with an average of 3.14. It cost $39.
H - 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Estate came in third place with an average of 3.11. It cost $33. We'll be trying this again in the < $30 tasting.
F - 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Coast Grade Vineyard came in fourth place with an average of 3.06. It cost $39.
G - 2011 Storrs Winery and Vineyards, Christie Vineyard came in fifth place with an average of 2.96. We thought we had picked this up on a trip to the winery, but when I checked the year I realized we had picked up 2009. Thankfully, I was able to order the correct vintage from the web site and it arrived in time.
D - 2012 Woodenhead, Lester Family came in sixth place with an average of 2.82. It cost $42. The winery was sold out of this; they tried to find me a bottle when they heard what we were doing, but they could not. Luckily, I found this at The Wine House via wine-searcher.
C - 2013 Soquel Vineyards, Partner's Reserve, Library Selection came in seventh place with an average of 2.75. It cost $56.
B - 2012 Villa del Monte Winery, William Vincent came in last place with an average of 2.60. It cost $37. The winery was sold out of this wine, but after looking around they found me a double magnum.
|3L of William Vincent|
They even graciously signed it for me when I picked it up. Thank you Neil and John.
I wasn't about to use this bottle for a tasting. I was prepared to apologize about not putting it in the tasting, or possibly using a different vintage, but I luckily found a bottle down the street from the winery at Summit Store.