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De La Montanya Sweeps

I wrote about De La Montanya Vineyards & Winery recently (PinotFile, Volume 6, Issue 39). Proprietor and winegrower Dennis De La Montanya (pictured right with his wife) is a relative newcomer to the Russian River Valley but his family has farmed grapes for several generations. His 2005 Christine’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir won the coveted Sweepstakes Award for red wine at this year’s annual Sonoma Harvest Fair.

Last Saturday night, the awards ceremony, Sonoma’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, was held with 2,000 people attending. The wine competition began in 1975 with 59 entries and the 2007 version attracted over 1,000 wines all made from Sonoma County grapes. Judging was done by 25 professionals including several international experts. The Pinot Noir winners:

Sweepstakes

2005 De La Montanya Christine’s Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 241 cases, $40.

Best of Class

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Sonoma County Blanc de Noirs, $20 2005 MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $24

Double Gold

2005 Paradise Ridge Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $35

Gold Medal

2005 Armida Winery Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $39

2005 Davis Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $40

2005 Everett Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $40

2004 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Rust Rock Terrace Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir, $40

2004 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Sonoma County Brut Rose, $42

2005 Hartford Court Winery Lands Edge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $45

2006 Mayo Family Winery The Barnstormer Sonoma County Pinot Noir, $30

2005 Moshin Vineyards Estate Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $55

2006 Paradise Ridge Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $35

2006 Rodney Strong Vineyards Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $22

2004 Rodney Strong Vineyards Jane’s Vineyard Reserve Russian River Valley, $35

2004 & 2005 Sapphire Hill Vineyard Sapphire Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $40

2005 Willowbrook Cellars Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $34

2005 Willowbrook Cellars Kastania Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, $48

2005 Willowbrook Cellars Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $42

De La Montanya Pinot Noirs may be ordered by calling 707-433-3711 (2 bottle limit on Christine’s). The website is www.dlmwine.com.

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