SF Chronicle Tasting : Chris, Janet & Duff

Awards

  • 2015 Estate-Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gold Medal
  • 2015 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Silver Medal
  • 2014 Estate-Grown Meritage
  • Silver Medal
  • Gold Medal
  • 2013 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2012 Estate-Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2012 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Silver Medal
  • Double Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2012 Estate-Grown Meritage
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2010 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2009 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Gold Medal
  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2009 Reflections Estate-Grown Meritage
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2008 Estate-Grown Malbec
  • Gold Medal
  • 2007 Reflections Estate-Grown Meritage
  • International Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal
  • 2005 Estate-Grown Merlot
  • Gold Medal
  • International Silver Medal



ABV takes Four Harvest Fair Gold Medals!

| Santa Rosa, CA, September 2017 |    In the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition, ABV wines brought home a total of nine medals, including Double Gold for their 2014 Estate-Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, the beautiful Dry Creek Valley reds of Arbor Bench did very well in a crowded field. The 2013 Cabernet and just-released 2015 Cab also earned gold, as did the ABV 2013 Malbec.

The ABV 2014 and newly released 2015 Malbec both took silver medals this year, as did the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Meritage (ABV’s Bordeaux blend).

“This is a really good showing against some formidable competition,” said Janet Hart, owner of Arbor Bench. “Our Cabs in particular will continue to deepen over the coming years, and we look for great things to come!”

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is the largest regional wine competition in the United States. Only wine made with grapes grown in Sonoma County, with a Sonoma County designated AVA as the only region listed on the bottle, is eligible for entry.

Twenty-one judges sipped their way through a tidal wave of wine — 1,016 entries — over three days in September to pick the best wines in their categories. This year, the judges came from California, Minnesota, Florida and Vancouver, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Complete winners list at harvestfair.org/winners/wine




2013 ABV Cab brings home the gold!

| Santa Rosa, CA, June 2017 |    We are excited to report that our 2013 Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon earned a gold medal and scored a whopping 92 points in the 2017 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge.

In its fifth year, the NCWC featured a formidable field of 1,107 wines entered from this vast viticultural area, which encompasses a stunning diversity of climate, soil, elevation, and proximity to the coastline, among other characteristics. The California North Coast includes some of the country’s most famous appellations — the premier wine-growing regions of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Solano counties. 27 judges rose to the challenge this past April to select what they refer to as “The Best of the Best.”




Arbor Bench awarded nine medals in 2016 Harvest Fair Competition

| Santa Rosa, CA, September 2016 |    Two newly released wines from Arbor Bench Vineyards earned gold medals from the prestigious Sonoma County Harvest Fair Professional Wine Competition, the largest regional competition in the United States. Seven other ABV wines were awarded silver medals.

The Arbor Bench 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Meritage, just now available for purchase, took the gold. Silver medals went to the 2013 and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 and 2013 Meritage, and the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Malbec.

Said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart, “We’re very happy with the results, as the Harvest Fair is always a tough competition. We almost didn’t enter our 2014 wines, as we weren’t planning to release them until later this year. For the 2014 Cab and Meritage to win gold medals at this point is a testament to our winemaker Chris Markell’s care and expertise. The last three vintages have been fantastic — very rich and deep-flavored examples of these red varietals. We can’t wait to see how these wines will develop over time!”

Complete winners list at harvestfair.org/winners/wine




2013 Cab, Malbec and Meritage released

| Healdsburg, CA, July 2016 |    The Arbor Bench Vineyards 2013 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Meritage, all Estate-Grown and all award winning are now available for purchase. So go get some!




Ten wines, ten medals in 2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

| San Francisco, CA, January 2016 |    The Arbor Bench Vineyards 2012 Dry Creek Valley Malbec earned a double-gold award from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest judging of American wines. All ten Arbor Bench wines entered in this year’s competition medaled, bringing home three additional gold medals, four silver and two bronze.

The Arbor Bench 2009, 2010, 2012 and (currently unreleased) 2013 Malbecs each won gold medals. The 2012 and (currently unreleased) 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons won a silver and a bronze medal, respectively. The 2009, 2010 and 2012 Meritage took silver, and the (currently unreleased) 2013 Meritage earned bronze.

“We’re very pleased with the results, and with how the Cab and Meritage wines are deepening and developing with a little aging. We haven’t even released our 2013 wines yet, and for all three to earn medals at this early stage promises good things for the future,” said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart.

The judging took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County from January 5-8. 65 experienced wine judges, representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States and beyond, evaluated a record 7,164 wines entered by wineries from 28 states.

Complete winners list at winejudging.com




Arbor Bench takes three medals in SF Chronicle Wine Competition

| San Francisco, CA, February 2011 |    In its first entry into competition, the Arbor Bench Vineyards 2008 Dry Creek Valley Malbec brought home a gold medal from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest judging of American wines.

“We have only just now released this wine, and are thrilled with the judging results,” said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart.

In addition, the Arbor Bench 2007 Reflections earned a silver medal in the Bordeaux Blends category, and the 2005 Estate-Grown Merlot took the bronze.

The judging took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County during the week of January 7. Professional wine judges, representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States, evaluated a staggering 5,050 wines entered by wineries from 23 states.

Complete winners list at winejudging.com




2007 Reflections earns silver at 2010 Harvest Fair

| Santa Rosa, CA, October 2010 |    The Arbor Bench Vineyards 2007 Reflections won a silver medal in the 36th annual wine competition of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

A crowd of over 2,000 people packed into the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to taste the award-winning wines and food during the Harvest Fair Awards Night Gala.

The week before, 25 judges from across the country swirled, sniffed and sipped a record 1,084 entries representing the entire spectrum of Sonoma County wines. All wines entered must be from Sonoma County-grown grapes, making this the largest regional competition in the country.




Arbor Bench Vineyards Reflections takes gold medal in first competition

| Los Angeles, CA, June 2010 |   Marking its 71st anniversary, the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition this year included nearly 3,200 wine entries from around the world, judged by 75 leading international wine experts. We are proud to report that Arbor Bench Vineyards entered two wines, and medaled each time!

In its first entry into competition, our just-released 2007 Reflections took a gold medal in the Bordeaux Blends (including Meritage) category.

In the Merlot, 2005 or earlier category, our 2005 Dry Creek Valley Estate-Grown Merlot brought home a bronze medal.

For more competition information, see: http://www.lawinecomp.com




Arbor Bench Estate Merlot brings home the Harvest Fair gold!

| Santa Rosa, CA, October 2008 |  The Arbor Bench Vineyards 2005 Estate Merlot won a Gold Medal in the wine competition of the 2008 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

A crowd of about 2,000 people packed into the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to taste the award-winning wines and food during the Harvest Fair Awards Night Gala.

The week before, 25 judges from across the country swirled, sniffed and sipped a record 1,051 entries representing the entire spectrum of Sonoma County wines. Far fewer gold and silver medals were awarded this year, making this win all the sweeter. Our Estate Merlot was found to be “an exceptional example of the varietal, only rarely encountered.”

“We’re really happy to win a Gold Medal at this prestigious event,” said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart. “This medal is a recognition of the fine quality of our grapes, the attentive farming of Duff Beville, and especially the exceptional talent of our Winemaker, Chris Markell, who has taken this vintage every step of the way.”

We were thrilled that in addition to our medal, ours was voted Best Wine Label in the Harvest Fair. Congratulations to Philippe de Potestad for his design, and to Nine Design for bringing it to completion.




2005 Merlot wins a silver in International Competition

| Los Angeles, CA, May 2008 |  The Arbor Bench Vineyards 2005 Estate Merlot won a Silver Medal in the 2008 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, widely recognized as one of the top international wine competitions in the United States.

“We are thrilled to have won this medal in what was a very tough international field,” said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart. “The wine is maturing beautifully, and getting better by the month.”

Now in its 69th year, the competition has maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, with nearly 100 international experts participating in the judging. This year saw over 4,000 wine entries from around the globe.




Arbor Bench Vineyards Merlot takes medal in first competition

| San Francisco, CA, February 2008 |  In its first foray into competition, the Arbor Bench Vineyards 2005 Dry Creek Valley Merlot took a respectable bronze medal in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest judging of American wines.

“We have only just now released this wine, and are quite pleased with the judging results,” said Arbor Bench owner Janet Hart. “This Merlot will only continue to improve over the next several years, so we’re looking forward to great things from future competitions.”

The judging took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair during the week of January 7, 2008. Sixty professional wine judges, representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States, evaluated 4,235 wines entered by nearly 1,500 wineries from across the country.

The public was able to taste the medal winners on February 16, 2008 at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, along with offerings from some of California’s premier artisanal food purveyors, including breads, meats, oils, cheeses, desserts, sauces and fabulous creations from Bay Area restaurants.

Complete winners list at http://www.winejudging.com