|Judges: winemaker Paul Dolan and Virginia Boone of Press Democrat |
the 2013 competition.
What's a newspaper in northern California without a winery competition?
The Press Democrat's was held last month with a public tasting held yesterday.
The organically grown winning wines were:
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
Naughty Boy Rose ($16)
Happy to see a small local mom and pop winery in Potter Valley rate this highly! This has been one of my go-to house roses ever since I visited and tasted their wines with them down by the river behind their house. That was back in 2011.
Today they have a tasting room in Hopland (next to McFaddens) on the main drag, across from the Bluebird Cafe.
The name Naughty Boy comes from their dog.
Hagafen Riesling, Devoto Ranch (Lake County) ($21)
Barra/Girasole Hybrid Red ($13)
From longtime organic growers, who produce a variety of organically grown wines from 200+ acres, this affordable everyday red did well in the competition.
Masut Pinot Noir, Block 7
Masut Pinot Noir, Block 1
Masut, run by third generation Fetzer brothers, is the biggest challenger to the notion that, in Mendocino, only Anderson Valley produces great Pinot. This unique site in the western side of the Sanel Valley is one of the most beautiful vineyards I've visited in all of California. Recently the winery has been experimenting with single block bottlings. (Not for sale on their web site - alas). You can find their estate Pinot online for $40 or available by the magnum for $88.