Chardonnay 2012 Receives 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Our Chardonnay 2012 is received 91 points and is featured as an Editors’ Choice in the October 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Below is a review by Jim Gordon.

“Rich but suChardonnay Still Life_cropbtle, this medium-bodied wine is not overtly fruity or oaky, but blends complex nuances in an attractive and compelling way. The term “battonage” refers to stirring the lees while the wine ages in barrels or tanks, which can enhance the creamy texture. It smells like vanilla and nutmeg, and tastes creamy and buttery backed by ripe apple and a touch of lemon. It feels rich in texture, elegant rather than bold. — (10/1/2014) — 91″

View Wine Enthusiast Review

Purchase Chardonnay 2012 Battonage, $18 

2014 Awards & Accolades

Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Estate Bottled

  • Best of Class of Region (Sierra Foothills) 95pts / Best of Region – White / Gold, California State Fair
  • Platinum – San Diego International Wine Competition
  • Double Gold / Best of Class – El Dorado County Fair
  • Gold – Orange County Fair
  • Silver – Alameda County Wine Competition Sauvignon Summit; Amador County Fair;
    Sunset International Wine Competition; Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

Chardonnay 2012 Battonage

  • 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice October 2014 Issue
  • Best of Class / Gold – El Dorado County Fair
  • Gold – Amador County Fair
  • Silver – Riverside International Wine Competition; San Diego International Wine Competition; San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

Viognier 2012 Vine Hill

  • Silver – Amador County Fair

Rosé 2013

  • Silver – Amador County Fair; 2014 International Women’s Wine Competition

American River Red Celebrated Cuvee 2011

  • Silver – El Dorado County Fair; Riverside International Wine Competition

Barbera 2011 Estate Bottled

  • Gold – Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
  • Silver – Florida International Wine Competition

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Estate Bottled

  • Silver – Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

Merlot 2010 Estate Bottled

  • Best of Class / Gold – 2014 International Women’s Wine Competition
  • Gold – Tasters Guild International

Petite Sirah 2011Estate Bottled

  • Gold – Orange County Fair; Riverside International Wine Competition; San Diego International Wine Competition; San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Silver – Florida International Wine Competition; Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

Petite Sirah 2010 Estate Bottled

  • Gold – Tasters Guild International
  • Best of Class / Silver – California State Fair
  • Silver – Amador County Fair; Sunset International Wine Competition

Rocky Draw Zinfandel 2011, Estate Bottled

  • Silver – Alameda County Wine Competition Zinfandel Challenge

Sangiovese 2011 Matagrano

  • Silver – Florida International Wine Competition

Zinfandel Reserve 2011 Estate Bottled

  • Silver – Alameda County Wine Competition Zinfandel Challenge; Riverside International
    Wine Competition

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Get to Know Winemaker Joe Norman

Winemaker Joe Norman

Winemaker Joe Norman

Getting to know the winemaker is an important part of experiencing a wine – much like knowing the story behind a song or understanding the inspiration behind a painting.Here is a brief insight into the background and experience of Joe Norman, our chief winemaker since 2013.

Q: Why did you become a winemaker?

A: I purposely enrolled at UC Davis as an undergraduate to obtain a degree in
winemaking. I have worked in the wine industry since I graduated in 1976.

Q: How did you get into the wine business?

A: Exiting college, I began my career in winemaking with out of state wineries.
Like most beginning winemakers, I worked for several wineries and step-by-
step gained experience in varied background in wine production.

Q: What has been the highlight of your wine making career?

A: Highlights are for looking back. I have enjoyed my involvement in making
fine table wines, bubbly, brandy and vineyard designate wines.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job?

A: The most difficult part of the job is to decide how much more attention the
wine needs and when the wine can stand on its own.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about Lava Cap Winery’s future?

A: It’s a joy and a challenge to look out at the mature vineyards of Lava Cap and
know there are great flavors and aromas hanging out there every vintage.

Q: What is your beverage of choice when you are not drinking your own wine?

A: My kids order me root beet but I actually enjoy the discovery of wine styles
and tradition from all over the globe.

Q: Do you have a favorite varietal?

A: Cabernet Sauvignon has always been my favorite but I find the Rhone
varietals as very varied and intriguing.

Q: Coming from Napa Valley, what has surprised you the most about the
Sierra Foothills?

A: Napa Valley has a history for fine California wines. But the same passion for
grape growing and fine winemaking abounds in the foothills.

View Joe’s Bio: lavacap.com/aboutus