2008 Petite Sirah claims two medals!

by Stephanie on January 21, 2012

David Fulton Winery, a historic Petite Sirah producer, is pleased to announce the two newest accolades to be given to their 2008 Petite Sirah, Old Vines, from their St. Helena Estate:
The first Silver medal was awarded at the International Women’s Wine Competition: A partnership of Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine and Women & Wine. Women & Wine connects with over 50% of the wine industry from winemakers to winery owners, public relations, sales and marketing teams, winery associations, writers, bloggers, web site owners and more in the US … and around the globe. Women choose and buy eight out of every 10 bottles of wine drunk at home*. That’s why this competition, judged entirely by women, was conceived in 2005.
This competition helps identify wines that women will enjoy and ultimately purchase. IWWC is committed to the highest standards of competition. Their promise is that wines will be appropriately categorized to their best, and will be judged by leading women in the wine industry to provide the female perspective to professional wine buyers and consumers.
A second Silver medal was awarded to David Fulton’s 2008 Petite Sirah at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2012 event has set a new American wine competition record with an astounding 5,500 entries. For nine consecutive years, this prestigious competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.”
Bob Fraser, SFCWC Executive Director,says “We are thrilled that wineries all over the United States understand and respect the outstanding caliber of our 65 judges from throughout the wine industry and the country.”
“We have one vineyard and make just one wine here at David Fulton Winery. Our total production is only around 400 cases a year. (The Valley’s largest winery produces 9 million cases a year) We hand-sort our grapes three times before fermentation and have a three year aging program before release.” Says Stephanie Trotter Zacharia, DFW’s Director of Winemaking “If you’d like to visit, we’re proud to not only pour a couple of vintages of our Petite Sirah for you but also pour Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and a Riesling style wine called One Last Kiss from our neighbor’s Scott & Jana Harvey’s winery. Their world-class wines are otherwise not available for tasting here in the Valley.”
The 2008 Old-Vines Petite Sirah holds true to previous releases of elegance. This vintage provides a wider range of bright, high-tone fruit flavors emanating from the expected deep, dark color of the varietal. We found pleasing aromas of blackberry, fig, cinnamon, dark baker’s chocolate and licorice along with flavors of red cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, and distinct vanilla on the palate. With soft tannins, this is a round, velvety, silky wine that will not need much cellaring to enjoy.
*According to Vinexpo 2009 survey, women choose and buy eight out of every 10 bottles of wine that are drunk at home. “Women and Wine”, a study of 4,306 women in France, Germany, the UK, Japan and the US, was carried out between January and March this year among the readers of Decanter and Livingetc magazines. The research was commissioned as part of a regular annual survey by Vinexpo, the world’s largest wine and spirit exhibition.

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WAYNE HADDEN June 11, 2012 at 11:48 am


Just wanted to thank you for your donation to the San Diego Wine and Roses -
Camp Oliver Charity event.

We were lucky enough to purchase your wonderful 2008 Petite Syrah. We opened a bottle last night and we were dazzled at the quality and flavor.

Thanks again,
Wayne & Denise Hadden (San Diego, CA)

PS. My brother lives in Healdsberg and we hope to visit you during our next visit North – right around Thanksgiving.

Stephanie June 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Wayne & Denise! We are so pleased you like our wine. We’d love to show you around the next time you are in town. Tasting would be on us :-)

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