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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 11:43 am

A number of San Benito County wineries were honored in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which bills itself as the largest competition of American wines in the world. A record 5,500 entries competed for medals that were awarded by a panel of 65 judges, with winners announced Friday.

Below are the San Benito County medal winners, listed by winery, category, year, designation, varietal, price of the wine and which medal the winery won.

3 Steves Winery 411 - Zinfandel - $20.00 to $24.99 2009 Cienega Valley Zinfandel $23.00 Silver

Alicats 240 - Viognier - Up to $19.99 2010 Cienega Valley Gimelli Vineyard Viognier $12.99 Bronze

Alicats 300 - Dry Rose - RS<1% 2010 San Benito Pink Syrah $12.00 Bronze

Alicats 431 - Syrah/Shiraz- $20.00 to $24.99 2009 San Benito King Vineyard Syrah $20.00 Silver

Alicats 431 - Syrah/Shiraz- $20.00 to $24.99 2008 Cienega Valley Gimelli Vineyard Syrah $20.00 Silver

Almaden Vineyards 280 A - All Other White Varietals and Blends NV California Mountain Chablis $5.00 Silver

Attitude 436 B - Petite Sirah - $20.00 & Over 2008 San Benito County Pepper Tree Ranch Petite Sirah $32.00 Bronze

Bella Luna Estate Winery 426 - Barbera 2009 San Benito Siletto Vineyards Barbera $38.00 Gold

Bella Luna Estate Winery 495 - Tempranillo 2008 San Benito Siletto Vineyards Tempranillo $35.00 Silver

Castillos Hillside Shire Winery 807 - Other Unique Wines 2009 San Benito County Chilicious Merlot $23.00 Bronze

Donati Family Vineyard 211 B - Chardonnay - $10.00 to $14.99 2010 Central Coast Sorelle Per Sempre Unoaked Chardonnay $12.99 Gold

Donati Family Vineyard 442 - Merlot- $15.00 to $19.99 2008 Paicines Merlot $18.99 Bronze

Donati Family Vineyard 470 - Bordeaux Blends - up to $19.99 2008 Paicines Claret $15.99 Silver

Donati Family Vineyard 472 - Bordeaux Blends - $30.00 to $39.99 2008 Paicines Ezio $35.00 Gold

Idle Hour Winery 467 - Malbec 2010 Central Coast Donati Family Vineyarad Malbec $24.00 Bronze

Pietra Santa Winery 250 - Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio - Up to $14.99 2010 Cienega Valley Estate Pinot Grigio $14.99 Bronze

Pietra Santa Winery 400 - Pinot Noir - up to $19.99 2009 Cienega Valley Estate Pinot Noir $18.00 Bronze

Pietra Santa Winery 425 - Sangiovese 2008 Cienega Valley Estate Sangiovese $18.00 Silver

Pietra Santa Winery 427 - Italian Other Red Varietals & Blds-up $19.99 2008 Cienega Valley Estate Sassolino Red Blend $19.00 Silver

Pietra Santa Winery 442 - Merlot- $15.00 to $19.99 2007 Cienega Valley Estate Merlot $18.00 Silver

Pietra Santa Winery 451 - Cabernet Sauvignon -$15.00 to $19.99 2008 Cienega Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99 Silver

Pietra Santa Winery 457 - Cabernet Sauvignon - $50.00 to $59.99 2006 Cienega Valley Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00 Bronze

Roxo Port Cellars 804 - Port 2008 Cienega Valley Calleri Vineyard Barbera $65.00 Gold

Roxo Port Cellars 804 - Port 2008 Cienega Valley Calleri Vineyard Negrette $65.00 Gold

For a complete list of winning wines from the competition, see http://winejudging.com/medal_winners.htm.



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  • Kenvis posted at 5:17 pm on Mon, Jan 16, 2012.

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    Congratulations to all the wineries that produce wines from San Benito County fruit that were honored at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. I have always felt that the fruit from this region never quite receives the credit that it deserves, considering it was one of the first areas in California to be recognized for world class wines. I have been making wines from the appellations of San Benito County since 1991 and bottle more different vineyard-designated wines from the area than any other winery in California. My winery is located in Santa Barbara’s Santa Maria Valley but I source a lot of fruit from San Benito County because I believe it to be one the best grape growing regions in California. I have been leasing and farming the Enz Vineyard in Lime Kiln Valley for several years now and I am a huge fan of the vineyard. One of my growers, Ron Siletto, pointed out to me the omission of Kenneth Volk Vineyards in this article regarding the results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for fruit grown in San Benito County. Your readers are welcome to check on our results with the link to the competition results that you provided and I welcome your visit to my tasting rooms in Santa Maria and Paso Robles.
    Best regards,
    Ken Volk
    President, Director of Wine Making
    Kenneth Volk Vineyards
    Please visit our web site www.Volkwines.com