This week Tasting Panel magazine threw a modest event with a few dozen wines and spirits showcased, all winners of double gold medals at the recent San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Winners were literally from all over the globe — I certainly experience the best Bulgarian wine I’ve ever had in my life at this event — and quality was, in this writer’s opinion, a bit variable.
Ratings on the 18 wines I tried follow.
Sadly I did not keep notes on the spirits I encountered (enjoyed Los Osuna’s reposado tequila quite a bit), and I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone with a negative thing to say about Bols Genever.
SF International Wine Competition Double Gold Winners
NZ / 2008 Hunter’s Wine Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough / $14 / B
Cal / 2006 Kendall-Jackson Late Harvest Chardonnay, Monterey / $25 / A-
Wash / 2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Reserve, Ethos, Columbia Valley / $38 / A-
Arg / 2008 Alamos Malbec, Mendoza / $13 / B-
Arg / 2008 Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec, Mendoza / $18 / C+
Bulg / 2007 Katarzyna Estate Syrah, Thracian Valley / NA / B
Cal / 2005 Clavo Cellars Syrah, Paso Robles / $25 / B+
Ausl / 2006 Schild Estate Shiraz, Ben Schild Reserve, Barossa / $35 / A-
Cal / 2007 Malibu Vineyards Cabernet Franc, California / $30 / A-
Cal / 2006 Joyce Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Russel Vineyard, Carmel Valley / $50 / B+
Cal / 2006 Halter Ranch Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles / $28 / B+
Cal / 2006 Redmon Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena / $65 / A-
Cal / 2006 Tudal Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena / $45 / B+
Cal / 2005 Amizetta Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Vigneto de Tacchino, Napa Valley / $95 / B
Cal / 2005 Merriam Vineyards Bordeaux Blend, Miktos / $50 / A-
Cal / 2005 Clavo Cellars Proprietary Red, Paso Robles / $28 / A-
Cal / 2007 Summers Estate Wines Zinfandel, Four-Acre Estate, Villa Andiana, Napa Valley / $34 / B+
Cal / 2007 Harney Lane Winery Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard, Lodi / $33 / B+