Local wineries honored among best American wines

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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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