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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Delicious Irony - Primitivo awarded "Best Red"

In a delicious bit of irony our 2009 Primitivo was pleased to be crowned the "Best Red" of the 2011 People's Choice Wine Awards held at Langtry Estate and Vineyards yesterday.

Almost 300 consumers cast their votes for their favorite wines yesterday after a panel of 13 professional judges whittled down a field of 165 entries to 57 that passed through for judging.

It is a somewhat contentious wine at 16.2% alcohol, totally dry with minimal oak and old-world inflected black pepper and earth characteristics and Dry Creek-style chalky tannin finish. Estate grown in our Kelseyville Bench area vineyard the main Primitivo block was planted in 1998 and is hitting its 10 year+ mature stride. It is planted on St. George rootstock with Primitivo clone FPS 03 (obtained in 1968 from Puglia by Dr. Goheen and made publicly available in 1984, making it the oldest of the Primitivo clones) which may not be a VCR clone. You true Zinfandel and Primitivo  nerds can read the exciting FPS history here including Primitivo field trials.

You can find reviews of the wine here and here.

Thank you to everyone who braved the gray skies to come out yesterday and big thanks to our panel of judges (Virginie Boone, Deborah Parker Wong, John Buechsenstein, Shauna Rosenblum, Joe Roberts, Randy Caparoso, Pamela Heligenthal, Marc Hinton, Tina Caputo, Mike and Martha Dunne, Clark Smith and Don Neel) who sacrificed two days to attend and judge in July at Brassfield Estate. Big thanks to all the volunteers as well and Stephanie Cruz-Green, Sheila Taylor, Mireya Turner, Chris Skarada, Dustin Fults and Monica. Extra thanks to Ray Johnson in particular.