Villa del Monte Winery is pleased to announce that the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has awarded a Silver medal to our 2009 Merlot Reserve Carneros Moon Vineyard. This competition set a new American wine competition record with 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year. For nine consecutive years, this prestigious competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.”
The 2009 Merlot Reserve Carneros Moon Vineyard is 100% Merlot from the Moon Vineyard in Los Carneros in Napa. This is a big and deliciously smooth Merlot with a deep burgundy color, a wonderful plum/blackberry flavor, and a smoky, earthy aroma. This wine is a perfect balance between fruit, oak, and tannins. This wine has also been awarded a Gold medal at the 2011 Riverside International Wine Competition, a Silver medal at the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association 2011 Commercial Wine Competition, a Silver medal at the 2011 West Coast Wine Competition, and a Silver medal at the 2011 NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers.
About the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, this is the largest competition of American Wines in the World and is recognized for its participation by the most distinguished judges in the country. Judging for this wine competition took place in from January 2-5, 2012 in Cloverdale, CA. More than 60 judges, including winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers, and members of the media, evaluated the wines. The field of entries included a record-setting 5500 wines. For more information, visit www.winejudging.com.