Press Release: for immediate release
Los Gatos, CA – January 6, 2012:  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
San Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionHosted 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.  More than 60 judges, including winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers, and members of the media, evaluated the wines.  Judging for this wine competition took place from January 2-5, 2012 in Cloverdale, CA.The field of entries included a record-setting 5500 wines.   For more information, visit

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, Syrah Rosé, and Zinfandel.

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 selected retail locations.

We are open for tastings two weekends each month. Visit our web site for details.
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