Last August 21st the authoritative US wine author James Suckling released his new Tasting Report: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Versus Riserva, where our Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 scored 91 points! You can find his complete report in his website www.jamessuckling.com.
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Platinum Medals for us at the Critics Challenge Wine Competition in US!
We participated in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition and received some great awards for our wines. The Critics Challengeis an international wine competition held each May in San Diego, California. The competition’s chief judges are Robert Whitely, journalist and wine writer, and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, America’s first female MW and president of New York’s International Wine Center.
Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG, 2011 94
Barboursville Vineyards Nebbiolo Reserve 2012 94
Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2012 93
Barboursville Vineyards Petit Verdot Reserve 2010 91
Zonin Prosecco 1821 NV 90
Rocca di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino DOC, 2013 90 BEST VERMENTINO
Our wines were awarded with Gold and Silver medals at the 2015 edition of SÈlections Mondiales des Vins Canada, an important wine competition that takes place in Canada:
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 2011
Feudo Principi di Butera Syrah 2012
Zonin Velluto Veneto 2013
Zonin Velluto Puglia 2013
Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti
Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d'Avola 2013
In attachment an article by Telegraph Magazine, a magazine of one of Britain's highest circulation newspapers, The Daily Telegraph. In the article Virginia is cited as one of the "Four of the best Wine holidays in unexpected places" and Barboursville Vineyards is mentioned too.
The British journalist Walter Speller, Italian wine specialist in the Jancis Robinson team, tasted our Castello d'Albola Il Solatio 2011, that scored 17 points and was rated as following for www.jancisrobinson.com : "Mid ruby. Beautiful pronounced spice and dark cherry nose. A supple and elegant palate that is almost burgundian in style. The opulent fruit never gets heavy or clumsy and neatly remains medium bodied. Really elegant and fine. Quite a feat for Zonin (owner of this and quite a few other estates throughout Italy".
Thanks to their commitment to environmental protection, Castello del Poggio, Tenuta Il Bosco and Feudo Principi di Butera were awarded with the EcoFriendly Award by the famous Italian wine guide Guida Vini Buoni d'Italia.
Please find the awards in attachment.
The wine expert Kerin O'Keefe at Wine Enthusiast has recently reviewed our Tenuta Ca’Bolani wines. They were excellently rated:
Tenuta Ca’Bolani Aquilis 2013 – 92 points
Tenuta Ca’Bolani Sauvignon Superiore 2013 – 90 points
Zonin has qualified again in the Drinks International magazine "Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands" list (Best position ever – 18!), consolidating the brand in the top 50 most exclusive wine labels worldwide for second year in a row. In addition to these results, Zonin obtained the 12th position as the most admired wine brand in Europe and also the 2nd position in Italy within the top 50, only behind Tignanello - Antinori. The top list, selected by more than 200 top international buyers, sommeliers, journalists, master of winemakers from more than 20 countries, was published as a supplement of Drinks International Magazine, and has a bonus circulation to the following trade shows: Prowein Dusseldorf, Germany; IAADFS travel retail Orlando, Florida; Vinitaly, Verona, Italy; and Shanghai International Wine and spirits fair. Here following the link to the article: http://www.headley.co.uk/headturner/AdmiredWines2015
Our wines were awarded with gold and silver medals at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, whose 22th edition took place in Italy last May:
Castello del Poggio Masarej 2012
Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna 2012
Castello del Poggio Barbera 2012
Tenuta Il Bosco Oltrenero brut
Tenuta Ca Bolani Prosecco Doc
Tenuta Ca Bolani Pinot Grigio 2013
The US wine expert Kerin O'Keefe has recently tasted Chianti Classico wines for the September issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine and our Castello d'Albola wines got great reviews from her:
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Docg Riserva 2011 91
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Docg Le Ellere 2012 91
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Docg 2012 90
Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 was awarded with Chairman's Award, Unanimous Gold Medal at the 2015 edition of Riverside International Wine Competition in California.
Kerin O'Keefe, Italian editor at Wine Enthusiast, has recently rated our Castello d'Albola wines, that received the following great scores:
93 points Il Solatio 2010
90 points Il Solatio 2011
The ratings will appear in print in the July issue of the magazine.
The Drinks Business, very well know UK Magazine, recently held the Global Masters blind tasting for the Chianti/Chianti Classico and Prosecco categories, with a panel of masters of wine, masters sommelier and senior wine buyers.
Our wines received the following medals:
Castello d'Albola Acciaiolo Toscana IGT 2011
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico DOCG Le Ellere 2012
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG Il Solatio 2011
Zonin Prosecco Superiore DOCG Prestige 1821
Zonin Prosecco DOC Cuvee 1821
Tenuta Ca Bolani Prosecco Brut
Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2011
The results will be on line soon.
During a recent visit in USA Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were welcomed by Virginia Governor Terry Mc Auliffe with a bottle of Barboursville Vineyards Octagon.
See the article related below:
Barboursville Vineyards wines were greatly rated in James Suckling website. Here following the link to the American wine author website and the ratings:
Nebbiolo Reserve 2010 91 Points
One of the best Nebbiolos outside of Italy with dried berry, tar and spice.
Full body, and reserved with a firm tannic finish. Need two or three years of bottle age.
Octagon 2010 93 Points
A classy red with currants, berries and hints of hazel nut. Full body, with integrated tannins, fruit and acid balance.
A blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Drink or hold.
Malvaxia Passito 2008 93 Points
So much peach character here with loads of apple and dried peach character. Very sweet and intense. So much going on here.
They take the grapes and dry them before pressing. Outstanding.