From the first issue of Sommelier magazine (a creation of TEXSOM and TEXSOM International Wine Awards):
WINE SPOTLIGHT – Estate 1856 Petit Verdot Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards Sonoma County 2012 (Gold Medal at this event): “Though the Dry Creek Valley is known for fruity Zinfandels, the region’s Tzabaco Rancho Vineyard has also garnered a reputation as the King Midas of Bordeaux varietals here. The name 1856 for this Petit Verdot pays homage to the original date of the vineyard’s purchase. Petit Verdot is typically the “spice box” used for aromatics and color in creating the perfect Bordeaux red blend or California Meritage, but here it commands center stage with just a smidgen of Malbec. This wine shows a gorgeous bouquet of lilac, lavender, sage and black pepper that is exquisitely framed by intensely ripe blackberry and blueberry notes. The 22 months of French oak aging is apparent on the palate with rounded fruit and wood tannins.
The finish culminates with warm scents of vanilla and clove.” Julie
Julie Dalton – Sommelier, Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom in the Four
Seasons Hotel – Baltimore. Certified wine educator and advanced
sommelier. Runner-up New York’s Starchefs Sommslam. Winner, Ruinart
Blind Tasting Challenge in Washington DC
Ending the weekend on the sweetest of notes….honored that our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was named one of the Top 100 Wines by Sonoma Magazine! What a fun event this has been for the last three years…and every year a Gold Medal year for us!
First Year (2013) we poured at Shone Farm and showcased our GOLD MEDAL/94 POINT 2010 Bordeaux Blend.
Third Year (2015) we poured at The Barlow in Sebastopol and showcased our BEST OF $20-$40 NORTH COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 97 POINTS & GOLD MEDAL 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.