San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results

Lava Cap Winery was awarded Best of Class for our 2012 Reserve Zinfandel, double gold for our 2013 Chardonnay, and gold for our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2013 Grenache, 2012 Syrah, and 2012 Sangiovese were also awarded silver medals.

Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Grenache, 2012 Syrah, and 2012 Sangiovese can be purchased in person at the winery, or our online store. We will release our 2013 Chardonnay, and 2012 Reserve Zinfandel this spring!

The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the countries largest competition featuring American wines. There were 6,417 entries in this years competition, representing 28 states. The San Francisco Chronicle Public tasting will be at Fort Mason, February 14th, 2015.

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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