V. Sattui scores 98 Points at Monterey Wine Competition

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…

We are ecstatic after receiving news this week from the Monterey International Wine Competition! Our 2012 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon was chosen as Wine of the Year!  With a 98 point rating, this award leads a long procession of great accolades for our wines that we're excited to share with you.

Here is what Rich Cook, Chief Judge of the Monterey Wine Competition and Editor for WineReviewOnline, had to say about some of these award-winning wines:

2012 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, V. Sattui Winery – 98 Points 

Won Wine of the Year and Best Cabernet Sauvignon

"Deep aromas of blackberry, cassis, bay leaf and brown spice prepare you for a mouth filling, structured glass that shows supple mountain tannins, serving to translate the aromas directly to palate flavors.  This wine is fabulous right now and will bring even greater rewards 10 years down the road." 

– Rich Cook, March 10, 2015

2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, V. Sattui Winery – 94 Points

Platinum Award winner

"A very attractive bouquet of cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, hibiscus and baking spice preps you for a bright mouthful of red fruit and spice, delivered over singing acidity that extends the finish and waters your mouth for the next sip…or bite.  Beautifully elegant Pinot Noir from my favorite area for the grape."  

– Rich Cook, March 10, 2015

2012 Napa Valley Merlot, V. Sattui Winery – 94 Points

Platinum Award winner

"Here is a deeply aromatic Merlot that will win some fans back to the variety after years of abuse in California.  Blackberry, black cherry, tobacco leaf and dried herbs are present on the nose and in the mouth, with supple tannic structure boding well for a long life ahead, and extending the finish of this classic California Merlot. Serve this with a seared spiced rib roast — they're meant for each other."  

– Rich Cook, March 10, 2015

2012 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, V. Sattui Winery – 94 Points

Platinum Award winner

"Classic, full bodied Napa Cabernet that doesn't go to the overripe side, but remains complex, balanced and food friendly.  There's great depth of aroma and flavor here, with blackberry, black currants, vanilla, bay leaf and brown spice all riding together over fine grained tannins through a long finish that brings a pleasant cocoa note forward.  Fantastic!"

– Rich Cook, March 17, 2015

**Look for these wines to be released later this year!**

…But Sometimes There's Nothing Like Instant Gratification

If you just can't wait for the wines noted above to be released later this year, be sure to get your hands on more of our wines that the judges loved – like our 2011 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which earned a 96 point rating at the San Diego International Wine Competition this past January. We also did very well in this competition, as Robert Whitley notes:

"V. Sattui of the Napa Valley was the overall leader in medals with 18, including Best of Class Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2011 V. Sattui Cabernet Sauvignon, Preston Vineyard, $55. Judges gave the Preston Vineyard Cabernet a score of 96 points. V. Sattui also won 10 gold medals. The venerable winery, with the finest picnic grounds in the Napa Valley, is unique in that it only sells its wines at the winery or online."

Michael Franz, Editor and managing partner of the WineReviewOnline had glowing notes for the 2011 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

2011 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon,
V. Sattui Winery – 96 Points

Won Best Cabernet Sauvignon and a Platinum Medal

"Here’s yet another complex, layered, classically-styled wine that belies the prediction that the cool, wet 2011 growing season would spell disaster for Cabernet in California.  The aromas are wonderfully expressive, with leafy, herbal notes that recall Bordeaux more than Napa, though that’s hardly a knock on the wine.  The fruit notes recall blackberry and black raspberry, with excellent freshness and lift from bright acidity, but also plenty of bass notes to balance out all that treble.  I love the energy and freshness of this wine, which also packs enough punch to satisfy on that basis as well."  

– Michael Franz, January 27, 2015