V. Sattui Dazzles Judges
at Critics Challenge XII
SAN DIEGO -- The 12th Critics Challenge is now in the books and V. Sattui of the Napa Valley once again dazzled the judges at a major wine competition, racking up 20 medals, including five Platinums and Wine of the Year for its 2011 Paradiso, a red Bordeaux-style blend that retails for $75. V. Sattui received the Director's Award as Winery of the Year.
The twist in the V. Sattui saga is that none of its wines are available in stores because the winery sells its wines exclusively out of its Napa Valley tasting room and through its online wine club.
Swedish Hill of New York's Finger Lakes region also turned in an impressive performance with four Platinum awards for four different Rieslings. Swedish Hill received the Director's Award as Winery of the Year of the Eastern United States. The renowned Champagne house Moet & Chandon took Winery of the Year for the Eusopean entries, claiming two Platinums and two Golds from four wines entered, including Best Sparkling for its 2006 Grand Vintage Brut. Dandelion Vineyards of Australia's Barossa Valley was named Winery of the Year, Southern Hemisphere after taking two Platinums and four Golds in a stellar showing.
The other medal-winners have been revealed on the Results page, and Best of Category wines will be posted soon, as will excerpts from the judges' tasting notes.