Monday, November 15, 2010
Indeed, another pinot noir, the Vision Cellars 2008 Santa Lucia Highlands Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir was voted the competition's top red wine, which put it in contention for Grand Champion. The top white wine was the Vasse Felix 2008 Margaret River Chardonnay from Australia. Top sparking wine was the Heidsieck & Co. Reims Monopole Blue Top Brut, while the best dessert wine was the Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2008 Finger Lakes Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling. The top value wine was the Fat Monk 2009 Central Coast Merlot, which customarily sells for $10. (Fat Monk is a brand of Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery at Paso Robles.)
For Alexander Valley Vineyards, the second Grand Champion award means the winery has won a second custom hand-tooled saddle from the Houston judging, which suggests that the winery might want to consider renaming itself Alexander Valley Stables.