A Family Affair of Historic Significance..

by Stephanie on September 10, 2013

Check out this very cool write up by Wine & Spirits (What an honor!):
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2010 Petite Sirah: “Extraordinary!” =95 Points

by Stephanie on September 2, 2013

The International Wine Review is a very respectable wine publication and widely trusted by our peers. We are honored to have them review and write about our 2010 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Estate. Please check out the write-up and consider following their blog.

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2009 Petite Sirah is a FIVE-time medal winner!

by Stephanie on July 20, 2013

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.

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More GOLD Medals!

by Stephanie on June 27, 2012

Small Production … Big Acclaim at David Fulton Winery
All of us at David Fulton Winery are pleased to announce more high accolades coming in for their Petite Sirah- 2008, Old Vines, from their St. Helena Estate.
In addition to medals already awarded from San Francisco Chronicle’s International Wine Competition and the 2012 Women’s International Wine Competition, they’ve now received 92 points and three more medals, all Gold.
92 Points from Wine Spectator first announced in their Insider A Member-Only Biweekly Publication – Here is what they had to say: Fragrant, with pretty violet and huckleberry aromatics that show details of licorice and blackberry. The black cherry, spicy tobacco leaf and cedar flavors are rustic and muscular, but still extremely charming. Drink now through 2018.—M.W.
The first of the new Gold medals was awarded from The American Fine Wine Competition held in Boca Raton, FL. The second medal is from the 2012 San Diego International Wine Competition. These are two very well respected wine competitions by both people in the industry and consumers, alike. The third is from Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
The 2008 Old-Vines Petite Sirah holds true to the many 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. You’ll find 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.

“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 around 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.”

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2008 Petite Sirah claims two medals!

by Stephanie on January 21, 2012

ONE VINEYARD, ONE WINE, MADE RIGHT: DAVID FULTON WINERY’S PETITE SIRAH.
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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2007 brings home the GOLD!

by Stephanie on April 12, 2011

A Gold medal was awarded to our 2007 Old Vines Petite Sirah at the 2011 Grand Harvest Awards: a highly respected industry competition. What sets Grand Harvest Awards apart from the rest is one word…terroir.
Established in 1990, it is the only wine-judging event in North America that is based on terroir – a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making savoir-faire, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine.
In other competitions, this factor is ignored. At the Grand Harvest, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.
A goal of Grand Harvest is to learn more about how terroir contributes qualities of excellence and distinctiveness to wines. Over the course of this event, judges have learned to recognize when terroir is – and is not – a factor of wine quality. All wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: greater sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of regional wines and also to measure the influence of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.

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2007 brings home three new accolades!

February 11, 2011

Three New Accolades for David Fulton Winery’s 2007 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley As a historic Petite Sirah producer, we’re pleased to announce three new note-worthy, recognitions: Representing the Largest Competition of American Wines in the World on January 7th, 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded the annual week of judging at […]

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You be the Judge! Join us …

February 11, 2011

SAINT HELENA WINE EVENT AND YOU GET TO BE THE JUDGE DAVID FULTON WINERY along with our friends at SCOTT HARVEY WINES and CALAFIA CELLARS, invite you to join us at the David Fulton Winery and the Harvey’s in Saint Helena on Sunday, February 20, 2011 for a day of wine, food and events. The […]

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2010 Harvest ~ The Grapes Are In

October 20, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrNEMifwnc4

We had crazy weather throughout the growing season and here we are picking in the rain!  I took a few little videos with my Blackberry Smartphone.  Quality isn’t very good …but you’ll get the idea of how particular we are with our grapes. Please note that my talents might not be in the art of […]

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Meet Fulton Mather!

July 30, 2010

In 1995, Fulton returned to his childhood ranch in Napa Valley’s historic St. Helena Appellation as the heir and steward of the family vineyards.  Today, Fulton and his wife Dink have dedicated themselves to preserving the vineyards and rebuilding the historic winery and cellar originally constructed by his great grandfather, David Fulton.

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