David Fulton Winery, a historic Petite Sirah producer, is pleased to announce the newest accolade awarded to their 2009 Petite Sirah, Old Vines, grown and produced on their St. Helena Estate:
SILVER Orange County Fair’s Commercial Wine Competition
The Orange County Fair’s Commercial Wine Competition is the largest and most comprehensive judging of California wines in the world. The OC Fair Wine Competition is now renowned worldwide, and is considered by many to be one of the country’s premier judgings. The first OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition was held in 1977. In 2013, they received 2,520 entries from wineries located throughout California. Out of which only 729 Silver Medals were awarded. It was an outstanding event and continues to hold the reputation as the largest and most prestigious competition for California wine in the country.
In addition to this newest SILVER medal, David Fulton’s 2009 Petite Sirah has also received:
93 POINTS Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2012
SILVER International Women’s Wine Competition
SILVER San Francisco Chronicle’s International Wine Competition
SILVER American Fine Wine Competition
SILVER The San Diego International Wine Competition
The 2009 Old-Vines Petite Sirah holds true to David Fulton’s previous releases, with elegance. this vintage provides a wider range of bright, high-tone fruit flavors emanating from the expected deep, dark color of the varietal. We are pleased by blackberry, fig, cinnamon, dark baker’s chocolate and licorice aromas and rewarded with flavors of red cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, and distinct vanilla on the palate. With soft tannins, this is a round, velvety, silky wine that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
“We have one vineyard and make just one wine here at David Fulton Winery. Our total production is less than 300 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 David Fulton Winery’s Stephanie Trotter Zacharia.
The David Fulton Winery 2009 Petite Sirah is grown in the historic St. Helena, estate vineyards planted in 1860. David Fulton also built the town’s first stone wine cellar next to the vineyard. He invented the celebrated “One-Horse-Plow” which reduced spacing between rows from 14’ to 8’ thereby revolutionizing plantings in the Napa Valley. The current winery was built on the foot print of the original reusing some of the same materials, looking much like it did in the early years.