Press Release: for immediate release
Los Gatos, CA – June 18, 2011: Villa del Monte Winery is pleased to announce that the 2011 California State Fair Wine Competition has awarded medals to two Villa del Monte wines:
Silver: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains Villa Festa Vineyard
Bronze: 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Regan Vineyard
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains Villa Festa Vineyard is 100% Cabernet grapes grown on a small vineyard that we manage on Loma Prieta Avenue in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California. Black currants, medium tannins, and a beautiful deep red color combine for a full bodied wine that develops and matures on the palate. This wine has also won these awards this year: Gold medal at the 2011 West Coast Wine Competition, Silver medal at the 2011 Monterey Wine Competition, Silver medal at the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and Bronze medal at the 2011 Riverside International Wine Competition
The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Regan Vineyard is produced from 100% Pinot grapes grown at 500’ overlooking Monterey Bay in the southern part of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The morning fog and cool nights at this southwest-facing vineyard moderate the warm daytime temperatures, resulting in perfect Pinot ripening weather. Spicy black pepper and cloves layered over warm red fruit jam flavors combine and linger luxuriously on your palate. This wine also won a Gold medal at the 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition and a Gold medal at the 2011 West Coast Wine Competition.
About the 2011 California State Fair Wine Competition
Established more than 150 years ago in 1855, the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America. Open to all California bonded wineries, more than 600 wineries entered nearly 3,000 wines into the annual judging contest. The winners are determined by judges with a wide range of backgrounds including wine educators, winemakers, wine journalists, and restaurateurs. Judging took place over three days, from June 1-3, in Sacramento, CA. For more information, visit http://www.thebestcaliforniawine.com/wine-competition/wine-competition.
About Villa del Monte Winery
Villa del Monte Winery is an award-winning, family-owned, artisanal winery in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos, California. We produce extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir of their vineyards. We produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, and Syrah Rosé.
Winemakers John Overstreet and Neil Perrelli work with several well-known local growers to select the best grapes possible each year for our single-varietal, single-vineyard wines. Our small lots allow us to meticulously control quality, nurturing our wines to perfection at every step in the process. Grapes come from top Northern California appellations, primarily from American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Santa Cruz County) and Los Carneros (Napa County). Wine is aged in oak barrels in our forest-protected winery building, cooled by the Santa Cruz Mountains morning fog. Wines are available at the winery, on the web site, and at Summit Store in Los Gatos.