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Jim Trezise

Category: NY Gold

Anthony Road Rocks! (And lots of other great accolades.) (WP 10/8/16)

Anthony Road Winery 2014 Dry Riesling scored a major coup this week when it was named Best White Wine (and Best Riesling) at the prestigious Six Nations Wine Challenge held in Sydney, Australia.

This is huge!

There are only three top "Best of Show" trophies (Sparkling, White, and Red) chosen from among 600 wines by an expert international judging panel comparing the very best wines from six countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada, and the United States. A judge from each country can pick up to 100 wines representing the best in 15 different classes; in the case of the U.S., it was former San Francisco Chronicle wine writer Jon Bonne.

This award is a tribute to Martini Vineyards manager Peter Martini and winemaker Peter Becraft, and the entire Martini family of Anthony Road. John in particular is one of the most committed people in the American wine industry, involved in so many organizations I lose count, and making major contributions to them all. He and his wife Ann are the type of people who make our industry work--and so great. The product is a pleasure, but the people are the treasure.

Anthony Road's huge win was joined by Keuka Spring 2014 Gewurztraminer which won Double Gold and Best of Class for "Aromatic Wines Not Riesling"; and Boundary Breaks 2014 Dry #239 Riesling which won a Gold medal.

I also want to give a much-deserved shout-out to our Washington State colleague Marty Clubb, owner and managing winemaker of L'Ecole No. 41, whose 2013 Estate Ferguson from the Ferguson Vineyard in Walla Walla won Best Red Bordeaux Blend (and the 2011 version won the International Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards a couple years ago--a great show of consistency across vintages and competitions). L'Ecole No. 41 has been winning top awards and ratings for years, and Marty is sort of like a west coast version of John Martini--deeply involved with industry causes like WineAmerica, where he is Vice Chairman, while also serving as Chairman of the Washington Wine Institute. This award is very well deserved, especially for a guy so devoted to our industry.

New York wines from several regions also received nice accolades in Wine Enthusiast's current edition.

In the "100 Best Buys" feature, Dr. Frank 2014 Dry Riesling was #31, with 91 points, joined by Red Newt 2014 Circle Riesling (#46, 90) and Osprey's Dominion 2015 Rose (#76, 90).

McCall 2010 Reserve Corchaug Estate Pinot Noir (92) and 2012 Hillside Corchaug Estate Pinot Noir (91) led the reviews. Scores of 90 went to Bellangelo 2014 Cabernet Franc; Harbes 2013 Proprietor's Reserve; Millbrook 2014 Cabernet Franc, and Proprietor's Special Reserve Tocai Fruilano; Waters Crest 2013 Grand Vin Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Grand Vin Merlot; Wolffer Estate 2013 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013 Landius Pinot Noir.

Additional accolades on line included ratings of 90 for Coffee Pot Cellars 2014 Gewurztraminer; Hermann J. Wiemer 2014 Josef Vineyard Riesling; Keuka Spring 2015 Gewurztraminer, 2015 Humphrey's Vineyard Riesling, and 2015 Riesling; Paumanok 2015 Dry Chenin Blanc; and Sheldrake Point 2015 Dry Rose.

Meanwhile, Dr. Konstantin Frank was not only voted one of the world's top 100 wineries by Wine & Spirits, but also rated three "Best Buys": 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling (92 points), 2014 Gewurztraminer (91), and Chateau Frank Celebre.