Halter Ranch 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon wins big at California State Fair

2018 California Commercial Wine Competition Results

The California State Fair’s Commercial Wine competition is a coveted award that has been a key part of the state’s robust wine industry. The CA State Fair is also the oldest wine competition in the country. This year, 2,705 California wines from 691 wine companies were judged over three days. For Halter Ranch our big winner this year was the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. See the results below.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – 99 points
Double Gold, Best of Region – Red, Best of California, Best of Class of Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon is our most widely planted varietal at Halter Ranch with over one-hundred acres under vine. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a classic profile with aromas of red and black currants and graphite. Bright and fresh on the palate, this wine has flavors of red fruits and black cherries. A balanced mid-palate and well-integrated tannins lead to a long seamless finish. Delicious now, this wine will continue to develop for years to come. Pair with wood-fired pizza, braised game and roasted or grilled meats.

2015 CDP – 95 points
Gold, Best of Class of Varietal
CDP (Côtes de Paso) is our Rhône-style blend that is a combination of four varietals from our estate vineyard. Grenache provides a bright fruit-forward entry, Mourvèdre adds spice notes, while Syrah brings some weight to the mid-palate, and Tannat ties everything together with color, tannin and acidity. Loaded with aromas of dried strawberry and rose petals, with a hint of garrigue, this delicious wine has an elegant palate that leads to a long smooth finish.

2015 Ancestor – 88 points
Our flagship wine, Ancestor, is our Bordeaux-style reserve blend, and an homage to the Ancestor Tree, the largest Coast Live Oak tree on record. Carefully selected barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot were blended for this cuvée which offers aromas of olallieberries and cassis. Rich and powerful, this wine offers dark fruit flavors and has a silky, round mouthfeel that leads to a well-structured finish. The 2015 Ancestor is an excellent food wine and pairs well with beef, lamb, and game. Enjoy now, or set aside for a special occasion, as this wine will develop beautifully for years to come.

2015 Syrah – 88 points
Syrah is a perennial favorite at Halter Ranch, and our unique soil expresses a beautiful side of the grape varietal. Our 2015 Syrah opens with aromas of blueberries and baking spices. The bright entry provides complex flavors of dried flowers, berry compote and a hint of earthiness, that leads to a long layered finish. This elegant wine will pair well with charcuterie and braised and grilled meats.

2016 Grenache Blanc – 88 points
We chose Grenache Blanc to be the dominant white grape varietal at Halter Ranch because of its unique and delicate fruit profile, elegance and freshness. Reminiscent of wines of Southern France, this Grenache Blanc has aromas and flavors of white flowers, melons and pear. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs beautifully with lighter meats, summer salads and anything from the sea.

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