Napa Valley Wines Excel
at Sommelier Challenge VII
SAN DIEGO -- The Napa Valley Winery V. Sattui defied the odds at the seventh annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition, earning the Director's Award as Winery of the Year after claiming 19 medals from 30 wines entered in front of a gathering of advanced and master sommeliers.
The somms were collectively a demanding group, medaling less than 50 percent of the wines they evaluated, making V. Sattui's performance all the more impressive. V. Sattui scored big with its flagship lineup of Cabernet Sauvignons. Three of them -- Preston Vineyard, Morisoli Vineyard and Mount Veeder -- from the excellent 2012 vintage scored 94 points or better and were awarded Platinum. The Preston also claimed Best of Class Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2013 Kalaris Merlot (Napa Valley, $52) was named Wine of the Year after soaring above the rest with a score of 97 points from one of the seven three-somm panels of judges. The Kalaris wines are part of the Axios portfolio owned by longtime importer/distributor Constantine Kalaris.
The 2015 Sommelier Challenge attracted 1,184 wine & spirits entries from 20 countries.
Spirit of the Year in this first year for spirits ast the Sommelier Challenge went to Domaines Hine 2005 Bonneuil Cognac, $140, a rare vintage Cognac.
Medal-winning wines from Sommelier Challenge VII will be showcased at the SomCon tasting at the 12th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt on the San Diego waterfront from 6-9 p.m.