Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Barboursville Octagon 2009 “12th Edition” Wins 2013 VA Governor’s Cup

From Richard Leahy's Wine Report:

February 22nd: Governor and Mrs. McDonnell last night announced the single gold medal-winning wine from the twelve best gold medal wines (the “Governor’s Case”) whose score was the highest in the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup, which was the Barboursville Vineyards’ Octagon 2009. Octagon is a meritage-style blend with 70% merlot in this vintage 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 wine is also labeled “edition twelve” of the proprietary blend.

In addition to Barboursville’s 2009 Octagon, the other 11 wines (along with varietal descriptions as appropriate) forming the Governor’s Cup Case include:

•         Cooper Vineyards – 2010 Petit Verdot Reserve
•         King Family Vineyards – 2010 Meritage
•         Lovingston Winery – 2009 Josie’s Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage)
•         Philip Carter Winery – 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat)
•         Pollak Vineyards – 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
•         Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery – 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc,    
                      Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot)
•         Rappahannock Cellars – 2010 Meritage
•         RdV Vineyards – 2010 Rendevous (Meritage)
•         RdV Vineyards – 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage)
•         Sunset Hills Vineyard – 2010 Mosaic (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
•         Trump Winery – 2008 Sparkling Rose (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir)

By winning this year’s Governor’s Cup, Barboursville becomes the first Virginia winery to win the award four times. Barboursville also won in 1992 (1988 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve), 1999 (1997 Cabernet Franc), and 2007 (1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve). The Governor’s Cup award announcement was made Thursday evening at the Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup Gala.

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