Spiriterra's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon wins gold

We are excited to announce our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold Medal (94 points) in the Press Democrat 2014 North Coast Wine Challenge for Cabernet Sauvignons in the $40-$75 category. It was the only 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley to win this gold medal honor.

The competition was restricted to wines with 75 percent or more of their grapes sourced from California’s North Coast, including the AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, plus parts of Marin and Solano counties, so we felt we were in good, competitive company.

"We're trying to bring the best wines of the North Bay and have them judged by the best judges in the country," said Robert Merletti, owner and chairman of Vineyard & Winery Management. "This competition stands to be one of the most prestigious in the country."

This year's judges included winemakers, wine buyers, wine media and sommeliers from across the country, including such well-known names as Heidi Barrett of Barrett & Barrett Wines in Calistoga; William Bloxsom-Carter, executive chef for the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles; and Master Sommelier Fred Dame, the first American to have served as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide.

This award is particularly exciting for us as it is the first public tasting competition in which we have submitted our wine.