Press Release: for immediate release
Los Gatos, CA — March 24, 2011: Villa del Monte Winery is pleased to announce that the 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition has awarded a Gold Medal to our 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Regan Vineyard. This prestigious competition, held on February 20-21 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Texas, is the largest commercial wine competition outside of California.
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. “This Pinot Reserve has been carefully and purposefully selected as the best representation of the terroir of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation,” explains winemaker Neil Perrelli.
Spicy black pepper and cloves layered over warm red fruit jam flavors combine and linger luxuriously on your palate. “This wine is barrel aged in oak, but care is taken to ensure that it is not over-oaked,” says winemaker John Overstreet. With 14.9% alcohol, this wine is delicious now, especially with hearty pastas or meat dishes, or it can be cellared for later enjoyment.
About the 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition
The 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition is the largest commercial wine competition outside of California, open to wines from all wine regions in the world. The wines were evaluated by a prestigious panel of more than 50 wine experts from across the United States, including Master Sommeliers, Sommeliers, wine writers, consultants, restaurant directors, and other experts in the field. Judging took place over two days, February 20-21, at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Texas. Wines were tasted blind with no knowledge of producer or price.
For more information, visit http://dallaswinecomp.com/. Results are posted at http://dallaswinecomp.com/uploads/misc/2011%20Awards%20Listing.pdf.
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.
We are open for tastings by appointment.