Pollak Vineyards Wins 2013 Monticello Cup

Pollak receives 2013 Monticello Cup.

Pollak Winemaker Benoit Pineau, with owner Margo Pollak, receives the Monticello Cup from JGGS President Elizabeth Smith. Photo courtesy of Jeffersonian Grape Growing Society.

In a ceremony on April 11 at the historic C&O Restaurant in Charlottesville, Pollak Vineyards was awarded the 2013 Monticello Cup for their 2010 Meritage, a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot.

This marks the second time Pollak Vineyards finds itself holding the Monticello Cup (2011).  Nine wineries took home the eleven gold medals from the competition including Flying Fox, Jefferson, Michael Shaps, Veritas and White Hall. Pollak, Barboursville and Keswick each had two entries that were awarded Gold medals.

The Monticello Wine Trail, the richest wine region in the Old Dominion, announced the results of their 22th annual wine competition (full medal list below).  The competition is limited to wineries in the appellation and received over 60 wines from twenty wineries.  The wines were evaluated by a tasting panel that included sommeliers, wholesale wine buyers, retailers and other wine industry professionals.

According to Competition Chairman Doug Holtz, of Rio Hill Gourmet, “The judges found the blended wines of the Monticello appellation showed very strongly.  The winemakers are very skillful in the art of blending.  The recent increase of Petit Verdot in the many of the blends increased the wines’ depth and complexity.”

The Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society (JWGGS) was founded over twenty years ago by Felicia Rogan of Oakencroft Vineyards.  JWGGS now has twenty five member wineries who participate in the Monticello Wine Trail .  From large established producers such as Horton Vineyards in Orange County to boutique wineries such as Glass House Winery in Free Union, each member winery has a personality and a different story to tell.

According to JGGS President Elizabeth Smith of Afton Mountain Vineyards, “The increase in number of Monticello Wine Trail tasting rooms provides visitors a cornucopia of winemaking styles.  From the polo grounds at King Family Vineyards to the concrete egg used to age Sauvignon Blanc at Stinson Vineyards to the South African influenced Pinotage of Lovingston Vineyards, every day the trail opens up new adventures for even the most seasoned wine tourist.”

Monticello Wine Trail Monticello Cup Wine Competition Results

Gold Medal Winners

Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2009 (70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2010 (60% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit verdot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Flying Fox Trio 2009 (42% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 42% Cabernet Franc)
Jefferson Vineyards Meritage 2009 (40% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 22% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Keswick  Vineyards V2 (51% Verdejo, 49% Viognier)
Keswick Vineyards Les Vent d Arges 2012  (100% Viognier)
Michael Shaps “Carter’s Mountain” 2010 (100% Cabernet Franc)
Pollak Vineyards Meritage 2010 (41% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot)
Pollak Vineyards Viognier 2012 (100% Viognier)
Veritas VR 2010 (42% Merlot, 25% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon)
White Hall Vineyards Viognier 2012 (93% Viognier, 4% Petit Manseng, 3% Riesling)

Silver Medal Winners

Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010 (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc)
First Colony Winery Chardonnay Estate Reserve 2011 (100% Chardonnay)
King Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 (100% Chardonnay)
King Family Vineyards Viognier  2011 (100% Viognier)
Lovingston Winery Estate Reserve 2009 (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot)
Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2011 (100% Pinotage)
Michael Shaps Merlot 2010 (100% Merlot)
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Chardonnay 2012 (100% Chardonnay)
Pollack Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012 (100% Pinot Gris)
Pollak Vineyards Merlot 2010 (100% Merlot)
Stinson  Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 (100% Chardonnay)
Trump Winery Blanc de Noir 2008 (100% Pinot Noir)
Trump Winery New World Red 2008 (30% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot)
Trump Winery Sparkling Rose 2008 (95% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Noir)
Veritas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (100% Sauvignon Blanc)

Bronze Medal Winners

Afton Mountain Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2011 (100% Gewurztraminer)
Barboursville Vineyards Petit Verdot Reserve 2010 (90% Petit Verdot, 10 Nebbiolo)
Cardinal Point Green 2012 (50% Chardonnay, 50% Petit Manseng)
Cardinal Point Quatro 2011 (45% Riesling, 38% Gewurztraminer, 5% Traminette, 12% Viognier)
Delfosse Vineyards & Winery Merlot, Estate Bottled, 2008 (100% Merlot)
Flying Fox Cabernet Franc 2010 (84% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot)
Flying Fox Vineyard Merlot 2010 (100% Merlot)
Glass House Viognier 2011 (100% Viognier)
Grace Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot)
Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 (100 Chardonnay)
King Family Vineyards Meritage 2010 (43% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 27% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec)
King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010 (100% Petit Verdot)
Michael Shaps “Carter’s Mountain” 2009 (100% Cabernet Franc)
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (100% Sauvignon Blanc)
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Winemaker’s Select White 2012 (39% Traminette, 32% Petit Manseng, 21% Vidal, 8% Viognier)
Reynard Florence Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010 (100% Cabernet Franc)
Reynard Florence Vineyard Petit Manseng 2012 (100% Petit Manseng)
Reynard Florence Vineyard Reynard Blanc 2012 (43% Vidal, 36% Traminette, 20% Petit Manseng)
Stinson Vineyards Imperials 2011 (100% Tannat)
Trump Winery Simply Red 2008 (48% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot)
White Hall Vineyards Petit Manseng 2012 (100% Petit Manseng)
White Hall Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2008 (100% Chardonnay)