Guess what? Our wines just won 40 new awards in the first two wine competitions of the year!
Competitions bring writers, winemakers, and industry professionals together to judge the state of the current vintage. Over the last three years, we have won hundreds of awards at various competitions and are thankful to add a few more from the 2018 Winemaker's Challenge and the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.
The Winemaker's Challenge pulls together working winemakers as judges. These are people who live to explore wine and winemaking more deeply and they make great critics. Out of the thousands of wines submitted, only a select handful leave with an award, this year we left with 17!
Idlewright Napa Opulent Red
Our biggest winner was awarded 94 points and a platinum medal!
Robert Whitley, the executive director of the competition described the wine as:
Rich and luxurious this predominantly Merlot blend exhibits ripe red-fruit flavors, nicely integrated tannins and a subtle note of graphite for additional complexity. A Platinum award-winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
The 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was even better than the Winemaker's Challenge for Firstleaf wines! We brought home 23 medals, and of those medals, there were four golds and four double golds!
A double gold is a wine that is unanimously voted a gold medal-winner by every judge. To have four double gold medal wines is amazing and we couldn't be prouder! It's a huge accomplishment!
Here's a quick look at the double gold medal-winners:
Fog Break Sauvignon Blanc
The Fog Break Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi, CA is a fresh and vibrant white wine. With rich, tropical flavors and a crisp herbal finish, the Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for pairing with almost anything. We've been loving it with oysters and charcuterie boards.
Still & Co. Merlot
The Still & Co. Merlot is a totally different animal. Sweet fruit and juicy tannins make this an insanely drinkable Merlot. Ripe dark fruits, cedar, and sweet oak influence, with generous amounts of cherry, fleshy plum, and blackberry. The finish is savory and rich with notes of mocha and chocolate. A fully deserving double gold winner.
Domaine Abeille French White
The Domaine Abeille French White Wine comes from Cotes du Gascogne, France. The beating heart of the French countryside South of Bordeaux, Gascony lies in the shadow of the Pyrenees and has vineyards that are protected from the Atlantic by a forest and fed by little rivers. The region is famous for blending some of the most interesting indigenous grape varietals that sometimes even succumb to "noble rot" leaving ultra-concentrated grapes with crisp fruit flavors.
Pip + Plow Merlot
Coming from one of the best harvests in the past decade the Pip + Plow Merlot is approachable, and easy to sip. With a mellow smokiness, it is perfect for pairing with meals and is a rich addition to any night.
Every decision we make at Firstleaf revolves around getting the best wine to our members for the best price. We source everything from growers that are passionate about their craft and want to make complex and drinkable wines.
For us, the number one determiner of quality is our member's ratings. Above all we want you to love the wines you get from Firstleaf. Everything else is secondary. That being said-it's always fantastic to be recognized for hard work!
If you haven't checked out our wine before, now is your chance! With so many award winners it's hard to go wrong. We know you'll love our club.