2019 ASWA Gold Medal Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

ASWA award winner Jefferson2016 Meritage by Jefferson Vineyards, VA A classic blend using all five Bordeaux varietals: 55% petit verdot, 25% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 3% malbec, notable for the major share being petit verdot. Good acidity and tannin yet delicate with red fruit, spice notes and a hint of violet on the palate.

 

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Cabernet Franc

ASWA award winner Winery at Bull Run2018 Cabernet Franc by The Winery at Bull Run, VA. 100% cabernet franc from estate vineyards at Rock Mill, Stoney Brook, Willowcroft and Silver Creek.

Fermented in open tanks, punched down twice daily for 12–14 days then pressed off the skins, this wine was aged for 9 months in 80% neutral/20% new American oak. Spice, smoke and cherry define this complex and deeply flavored wine.

 

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Blush/Rose Vinifera

ASWA awrd winner Slater Run Rose2018 Rosé by Slater Run Vineyards, VA – This dry rosé will please both red and white wine drinkers with notes of fresh raspberry and rich strawberry flavors.

Pale in color yet rich in flavor. Made with 75% cabernet franc, 15% cabernet sauvignon, and 10% merlot.

2019 Gold Medal Other Red Vinifera

ASWA award winning winery Muse2017 Urania by Muse Vineyards, VA – Muse has planted the grape teroldego, native to the alpine region in northern Italy, and sangiovese, the classic Italian grape of Tuscany, with great success.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Viognier

ASWA winner Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyard2018 Viognier (Louisa County) by Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyards, VA – This 100% estate-grown viognier was aged for nine months in new and 2-yr-old French oak.

Tropical notes of fresh pineapple and toasted coconut meld with gentle yellow peach and lime flavors.
 

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

ASWA Winner Slater Run First Bridge2016 First Bridge by Slater Run Vineyards, VA – Gentle handling is the key to the richness of this 44% cabernet franc, 26% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot blend. The grapes were hand-harvested and hand-bottled.

Vinified separately, each variety underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, then were racked into French oak for 16 months. 70% estate grapes, 100% Virginia fruit.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Viognier

ASWA award winner Winery at Bull Run2018 Lilly’s Viognier by The Winery at Bull Run, VA Rock Mill Vineyard. Ripe and rich with tropical fruit flavors – guava, coconut, lime verbena – rounded with notes of honey, this 100% viognier boasts a creamy, full mouthfeel.

Named after the youngest member of the Hickox Family, Lilly’s sister Delaney also has a wine named in her honor. Parents Jon and Kim have been making fine wine at Bull Run since 2012.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Chardonnay

ASWA winner Gray Ghost Vineyards2017 Reserve Chardonnay by Gray Ghost Vineyards, VA: Fermented and aged in new French oak barrels, the wine is a full-bodied 100% chardonnay.

An ideal balance of chardonnay’s buttery character, toasty oak, and ripe pear and vanilla flavor.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Chardonnay

ASWA award winner Morrisette2018 Chardonnay by Chateau Morrisette, VA: Estate-grown 91% Chardonnay with 9% Petit Manseng, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and no oak contact.

The wine shines with lightly floral and clean, fruity aromas and flavors of white flowers, apple, pineapple, and a hint of wet stone.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Other Red Vinifera

ASWA award winner Arterra2017 Tannat by Arterra Wines, VA. From grapes grown at Arterra Estates & Seven Oaks Vineyard, this 100% tannat is full-bodied and concentrated.

Arterra takes a minimalist approach: native yeast fermentation, neutral oak, no additives or concentration manipulations.