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.


In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @texsomiwa, like us on Facebook – TEXSOM International Wine Awards - and check us out on Instagram @texsomiwa.


Thank you again for your participation and support. 




James Tidwell MS CWE                        Drew Hendricks MS CWE                                                      

Co-Owner and Producer                  Co-Owner and Producer                                                      





Angela Stem, CSW
ACME Fine Wines
1080 Fulton Lane
Suite A
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?)”




Stefan Blicker
BPW Wine
607 Airpark Rd. 
Napa, CA  94558


“Dear Oenophile,
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!!!”