Our proprietary blend does it again and in an even more spectacular manner: The 2015 Locus Red won Double Gold in the Rhone blend category, besting its previous vintage iterations (2013 Locus Red and 2014 Locus Red won Gold in the same competition, in 2016 and 2018, respectively). The international San Francisco Chronicle wine competition is the largest international wine competition in the U.S., receiving more than 6,900 wines for consideration this year alone. Congratulations to us and to all the other wineries that put their heart and soul to these products.
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, 2015 Locus Red is playful, bright with enough heft and tannins that show aging potential. We released the wine at the November 2018 release party. We will celebrate the win once again at the April 2019 Spring party.
Also awarded at this year’s competition is the 2016 Locus Modo Red (SILVER) and soon to be released 2017 Locus Sémillon (SILVER).
Northern Rhone-style (Nord) or Southern-Rhone style (Sud), it doesn’t matter. They are both Gold medal winners! 2015 Locus Nord and 2015 Locus Sud were both crowned Gold medal winners at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in their categories, Syrah Dominant Blends and Grenache Dominant Bends, respectively. 2016 Locus Rosé won a Silver medal in the Dry Rosé/Blush category.
San Francisco Chronicle wine competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the world. After receiving 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country, SFCWC has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few. You can find a complete list of winners on their website, http://winejudging.com/
SFCWC holds a special place in Locus Wines team’s hearts since it was the first competition where the 2014 Locus Modo Red won an award, which led to further recognition at other competitions and review sites, like Wine Spectator and the Wine Enthusiast.
The award for 2015 Locus Sud is very exciting but it comes at a bittersweet time, where the its inventory is counting down fast to zero. There are about 15 cases left of the 250+ cases produced.
The 2013 Locus Red(Grenache/Syrah blend) won the GOLD in the Rhone Blend $20-$29.99 category: The 2013 red was one of the 6 Gold winners, among the 32 awarded gold, silver and bronze. Only one other Washington winery (one of our favorites actually) Coyote Canyon won gold as well.
This year’s competition received the highest amount of entries on record for the competition: 7,162 from 28 states. The wines were judged by 65 judges in January (5th through the 8th) and the awards were announced expeditiously afterwards.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition marks the first public acknowledgement that 2014 Locus Modo Red is not half bad (It is pretty darn good actually). Here is to hoping that this competition represents more nods to the brilliant Locus Modo red, one of the best wines for the price (there may be some bias in that last statement).