3rd Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Competition & Celebration Results

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The format for the blind competition utilizes the Danish system, where the wines are “bagged”, separated by price categories (5) and a table of judges each votes on medal designation. If not all agree on the medal, which seldom happens, then a lively discussion going over the key characteristics of the specific wine is debated to reach a consensus award. Sixty-six wines went through this process starting at 9 am and concluding at 2:15 pm on April 6th in the Grandview Room at The Golf Club at Copper Valley in Copperopolis, California.

The Professional judges consisted of veteran judge Tom Bender, Sierra Foothills Wine Show organizer for 40 years. He also is a judge at other prestigious wine competitions, writer, college professor and has won extensive awards for his home wine making. Two other judges are professional winemakers. Rudy Zuidema from Napa, head winemaker for award winning Shadybrook Estate, Rapp Ranch, Red Cap, Alyris, Zuidema Wines and many other wineries. Tana Cole has winemaking experience from Michigan, Napa Valley, Lodi AVA and now at Vintage Wine Estates in Sonoma County. The other two judges are Debbie Miller WSET I and II with distinction and Sandra Hess WSET I.

The Results of the Professional Judges

Best of Overall Show – 2019 Villa Vallecito, Murphys, $45

Results by Price Category

(Silver and up medals are noted with Bronze and No Awards not being shown)

Blend Division (having a minimum of 50% Cabernet Franc No Best of Class Awarded

2019 Villa Vallecito Vineyards, Murphys, $45                                Silver Medal

2018 Crocker & Starr, A.V.A., St Helena, $58                                  Silver Medal

2017 pureCru CFM, Napa, Valley, $65                                              Silver Medal

Category 1 ($30 and less)  Best of Class – 2020 Jeff Runquist Wines

2019 Ironstone Vineyards, Reserve, Murphys, $28                      Silver Medal

2018 Kautz & Kramer, Lodi, $28                                                       Silver Medal

2020 Jeff Runquist Wines, Amador, $26                                         Gold Medal

2016 Shale Canyon, Monterey County, $30                                    Silver Medal

Category 2 ($31 to $50)   Best of Class – 2019 Villa Vallecito

2018 Lagana Cellars, Washington, $38                                          Silver Medal

2019 Dracaena Wines, Paso Robles, $34                                        Silver Medal

2019 Andis Wines, Amador, $40                                                     Silver Medal

2017 Eliana Wines, Oregon, $42                                                     Silver Medal

2018 Kenefick Ranch Vineyards, Calistoga                                   Double Gold

2017 Narmada Winery, Virginia, $48                                              Silver Medal

2017 Lava Cap Winery, Placerville, $40                                          Double Gold

2014 Narmada Winery, Virginia, $48                                             Gold Medal

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Livermore, $36                            Silver Medal

2018 Mineral Wines, Murphys, $34                                                Silver Medal

2019 Villa Vallecito Vineyards, Murphys, $45                              Double Gold

2017 Russian Ridge Winery, Woodside, $42                                 Silver Medal

2018 Russian Ridge Winery, Woodside, $42                                 Silver Medal

2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Livermore, $42 Silver Medal

Category 3 ($51 to $75)  Best of Class – 2019 Titus Vineyards

2018 Vezer Family Vineyards, Blue Victorian, $69                    Silver Medal

2018 Blue Rock Vineyard, Cloverdale, $65                                   Silver Medal

2019 Titus Vineyards, St Helena, $60                                            Gold Medal

2018 Lightpost Winery, Morgan Hill, $65                                     Silver Medal

2013 Deerfield Ranch Winery, Reserve, Glen Ellen, $75         Silver Medal

2019 Rosa Fierro Cellars, Livermore, $55                                    Silver Medal

Category 4 ($76 to $100)  Best of Class – 2018 L’Autre Côte

2018 Oakville East, Oakville, $100                                                 Silver Medal

2018 L’Autre Côte, Livermore, $98                                                Gold Medal

2019 Vinoce, Napa Valley, $85                                                      Silver Medal

2018 Bianchi Winery, Laguna Beach, $80                                     Silver Medal

2019 Chateau Margene, Creston, $78                                          Silver Medal

Category 5 ($101 and up)  No Best of Class Awarded

2018 Middle Oak Wines, Texas, $125                                          Silver Medal

2017 Cornerstone Cellars, Napa $110                                          Silver Medal

2018 Palazzo Wine, St Helena, $115                                           Silver Medal

2018 Diamond Mountain Vineyards, Calistoga, $175             Silver Medal

International Division No Best of Class Awarded

2015 Maquis Franco, Colchagua, Chile, $85                               Silver Medal

People’s Choice Judges Results

Secondly an additional set of People’s Choice Judges are assembled at a distance so not to overhear any Professional Judge’s conversations. The People’s Choice Judges are serious wine drinkers, each generally have 20+ years of experience visiting wine regions around the USA and the world, each enjoy cellaring wines and attending an occasional class to learn more about wine. They included Steve Besst (San Ramon/Copper Valley), Candy Strubbe (Milpitas/Valley Springs), Gary Miller (San Jose/Copper Valley), Shelby French (Napa/Angels Camp) and John Krause (Sunnyvale/Fresno).

The Results of the People’s Choice Judges

Best of Overall Show – 2019 Dracaena Wines $34

Results by Price Category

(Silver and up medals are noted with Bronze and No Awards not being shown)

Category 1 ($30 and less)  Best of Class – 2018 Kautz & Kramer  

2018 Kautz & Kramer, Lodi, $28                                                          Silver Medal

3 Oaks Vineyard, Clovis, $30                                                                       Silver Medal

2019 Grizzly Peak, Oregon, $26                                                                  Silver Medal

2019 Brice Station Vineyards, Murphys, $27                                        Silver Medal

Category 2 ($31 to $50)   Best of Class – 2019 Dracaena Wines

2017 Crystal Basin Cellars, Camino, $32                                                 Silver Medal

2019 Trefethen, Napa, $50                                                                          Silver Medal

2018 Lagana Cellars, Washington, 38                                                      Silver Medal

2019 Dracaena Wines, Paso Robles, $34                                              Double Gold

2018 Pearmund Cellars, Virginia, $39                                                      Silver Medal

2018 Kenefick Ranch Vineyard, Calistoga, $50                                    Silver Medal

2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Livermore, $42                                                Gold Medal

2017 Narmada Winery, Virginia, $48                                                       Gold Medal

2014 Narmada Winery, Virginia, $48                                                       Silver Medal

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Livermore, $36                                    Silver Medal

2018 Mineral Wines, Murphys, $34                                                         Silver Medal

2019 Villa Vallecito, Murphys, $45                                                           Gold Medal

Category 3 ($51 to $75)  Best of Class – 2017 De Tierra Vineyards

2017 De Tierra Vineyards, Carmel, $65                                                   Silver Medal

2019 Titus Vineyards, St Helena, $60                                                      Silver Medal

Category 4 ($76 to $100)  Best of Class – 2018 Bianchi Winery

2019 Vinoce, Napa Valley, $85                                                                 Silver Medal

2018 Bianchi Winery, Laguna Beach, $80                                               Silver Medal

2019 Chateau Margene, Creston, $78                                                     Silver Medal

2018 Brick Barn Wine Estate, Buellton, $85                                          Silver Medal

Category 5 ($101 and up)  Best of Class – 2017 Cornerstone Cellars

2018 Middle Oak Wines, Texas, $125                                                    Silver Medal

2017 Cornerstone Cellars, Napa, $110                                                   Gold Medal

2018 Palazzo Wine, St Helena, $115                                                     Silver Medal

2018 Diamond Mountain Vineyards, $175                                            Silver Medal

2017 Howell Mountain Vineyards, $120                                                Silver Medal

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION  No Best of Class Awarded

2018 Maquis, Colchagua, Chile, $14                                                        Silver Medal

2015 Maquis Franco, Colchagua, Chile, $85                                          Silver Medal

A FEW STATISTICS ON THE JUDGING

Medal Award    Professional Judges       People’s Choice Judges

No Award            4                                              4

Bronze                  25                                           33

Silver                    30                                           24

Gold                      4                                              4

Double Gold      3                                              1

Wine with awards that were the same by both sets of judges:

No Award            1

Bronze                  15

Silver                    10

Gold/DG              1

Wines which scored within one medal rank by both sets of judges:

32

I wish to thank each winery, domestic and internationally who submitted wines to be judged for this competition. Additionally, I want to thank the Judges who took the time to judge this one varietal of grape from so many regions.

May the Franc be with you!

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

One thought on “3rd Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Competition & Celebration Results

    Exploring the Wine Glass said:
    April 10, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    You did an amazing job putting this all together! We had a great time at both the walk around and tasting and are so excited to have won best of show again!!!

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