We entered both our 2012 wines into a blind tasting conducted by sommeliers, the 2017 TEXSOM International Wine Awards competition. Our 2012 Angwin Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon won a silver medal, and our 2012 Angwin Estate Vineyards "The Kissing Trees" won a gold medal. There was a bit of a frenzy and as of 6/15/2017, we had completely sold out of our gold medal winning second label, the 2012 Angwin Estate Vineyards "The Kissing Trees". It is not a complete surprise that our main label won a silver medal. We make our wines with long life and aging potential in mind, and they require at least 60-90 minutes to open when young. In a competition where 3500 wines are to be tasted, there simply isn't time to allow structured old school wines to fully show their potential.
Your results from the TEXSOM International Wine Awards are as follows:
Angwin, The Kissing Trees; Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Howell Mountain, 100% Single Vineyard , 2012, Gold
Angwin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Howell Mountain, 100% Single Vineyard , 2012, Silver
We ask that you hold your announcement or publication of the results until March 20th, after the Texas Monthly & ProWein announcements, so that we can coordinate efforts in communicating the award winning wines with our presenting sponsor and international partners. We are working to build momentum and excitement for the award winning wines by sharing the results over a period of days.
Our promotional partners around the country will be utilizing award-winning wines at tastings, dinners and special events. Gold medal-winners and select Silver medal-winners will be featured on our website and Facebook page. Additionally, we will tweet medal-winners throughout the year. We hope that you will follow the results and will help us in promoting your hard work.
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James Tidwell MS CWE Drew Hendricks MS CWE
Co-Owner and Producer Co-Owner and Producer
Sarah L. Schneider
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Angwin Estate Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon ($170). A wine with Old World structure—bold tannins—and Bordeaux-leaning minerality. Fresh herb notes are layered with cedar, tobacco, and savory spices.
Angela Stem, CSW
ACME Fine Wines
1080 Fulton Lane
St Helena, CA 94574
"With all of that being said…this is another time you just need to trust us. This is the BEST Napa Cabernet I have tasted in recent memory. Yes, I said it. And I mean it. Their unparalleled passion is at the heart of this wine as is ours for discovering these treasures for you. This is simply the best, hidden gem that you need to know about and start collecting. And enjoying… "
“This 2011 is the BEST Napa Cabernet I have tasted for the vintage, and in my opinion, better than most 2012’s. Intoxicating floral aromas of lavender and warm sweet spice set the stage for a pleasure dome of sensations. The palate opens with bright cherry fruit that blends seamlessly with exotic spices, black fruit, cedar box, tobacco, and a hint of sweet vanilla and graphite. And while this is most certainly stunning now, it will undeniably be a classic in your cellar with age. Seductive, sensual, and enchanting. And I’ll say it again, a pleasure dome. 117 cases produced. (And for the record, if you are still in the mind frame of thinking that 2011 was a bad vintage, it is time to get over what you read in the big commercial wine mags. We've said it before, and this wine is another testament to it: Mountain Vineyard + "cooler" year + an old school/hands off approach to winemaking = classic and beautiful, age-worthy Cabernet. The best of the best for this vintage in these special spots didn't have to manipulate anything to let these wines sing! And did you catch where I said this is better than most 2012’s I’ve tasted?)”
“By design, this wine is made in the classic style of Napa wines; elegant, refined, and built to last. If you love the older Napa classics like Philip Togni, Corison, Dunn, Mayacamas, Forman, old Eisele, you will love this wine! The 2014 however is more approachable now, displaying richer, darker fruit than vintages past. Aged in 62% new French and Hungarian oak, this has seducing aromas of lavender, violet, cedar, summer strawberry and raspberry. The palate is medium bodied with bright red cherry, black plum, and ripe blackberry with notes of graphite, pipe tobacco, exotic spice, and just a hint of toasted vanilla and bittersweet cocoa. The tannins are fine-grained and seamlessly integrated with bright acidity, concentrated fruit, balanced alcohol, and a long, sultry finish. Seductive, enchanting, and enduring, the 2014 is a vintage making Angwin as loveable as ever.” 313 cases produced.
607 Airpark Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
When I say “if you buy one Cabernet from me this year…….” I mean it. THIS IS IT.”
“……..it is simply one of the most exciting wines I’ve tried in a long time, and, not to brag but I probably taste (conservatively) 60-80 wines a week. This is what I buy for MY cellar!”
“This Cabernet puts you in the mind of Togni, Corison, Mayacamas, Heitz, some Dunn wines, old Phelps wines, Eisele vineyard wines, etc. A foot in the past, a foot in the future. Dense, concentrated, structured, built to age, beautifully balanced, precise, fine. Totally impressive now, but this is wine to cellar and watch its greatness unfold over the next 20 years. 2012 vintage, too! WOW! TRUST YOUR WINE MERCHANT!!!”
In the glass, “The Kissing Trees” shows a dark garnet core that moves out to slight oranging on the rim. Nearing five years of age, this is beginning to blossom with Pauillac-like perfume, while retaining the core of sweet fruit we’ve come to know and love in classic Napa wines. The initial nose reveals black and red currant, black cherry liqueur, licorice, plum, cacao, purple flowers and exotic spice. ‘Old school’ traits soon follow with graphite, tobacco leaf, green olive, damp forest, cedar, and petrichor. Directly past the sweet entry of fruit on the palate is a crushed rock minerality that is typical of high altitude Cabernet and classed-growth Bordeaux. The wine is approaching full-bodied and slight aging has softened out the tannins, making this a polished and seamless wine with a resounding finish. As with perfectly-crafted Cabernet, this will be a great cellar selection if you want it to be, seeing positive progression over the next 5-10 years. Enjoy this in large Bordeaux stems around 65 degrees and pair it next to the succulence of an herb-roasted lamb with a lavender twist. Cheers!