When I found out that our 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir won a Gold Medal, Best of Class and Sweepstakes at the 2012 North of the Gate Wine Competition, I couldn’t wait to tell the world! One of the most prestigious awards a winery can win is Sweepstakes.
To win Sweepstakes means it was the best red wine out of all red wines entered, and that is quite amazing knowing that there were probably hundreds of entries and made by some of the top winemakers in Northern California.
But best of all, do you know how many people it took to make this wine, from ground to bottle? Think about it! This is what real teamwork is all about.
The first thing to strike you is the impressively brilliant red hue. The aroma is all about the incredible fruit. Loads of jammy black raspberries remind me of when I was a kid and we had homemade blackberry jam on buttered warm toast. Add in notes of black cherry cola and soft mineral notes, and this wine transports you through a magnificent journey of the senses. The palate is complex – elegant but robust. Bright rich gorgeous strawberry flavors coat the palate with an amazing soft velvety mouth feel. This is a winemaker’s dream wine.
I wish I could have made more than 250 cases of this wine. But as you know, to make wine like this the grapes have to be of the highest quality. Like Dad always said, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”