Shelburne Vineyard wines receive top honors

Emanuele and Michele Capoano from Boston, Mass. enjoy the Marquette Reserve at the tasting room at Shelburne Vineyard. Photo by Shelburne Vineyard.

At seven o’clock in the evening on Thursday, Aug. 16, Ken Albert, founder of Shelburne Vineyard, received a call from the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine Competition with the exciting news that for the second year in a row, a Shelburne Vineyard wine had received top honors – Best Red Wine in Show – at this prestigious event. This year the top honor went to the Marquette Reserve, a red wine aged 15 months in oak barrels and made from grapes grown entirely on the Shelburne Vineyard site adjacent to the Winery and Tasting Room in Shelburne.

Last year the 2010 Marquette, produced with Marquette from several Vermont vineyard sites, had itself earned a Double Gold and Best Red Wine award in the 2011 competition. This 2012 award-winning Marquette Reserve bottling was taken from two single vineyard barrels set aside from the 2010 vintage and aged sur lie in oak for a total of 15 months. It was bottled this spring and is distinguished by its luxurious mouth feel and exuberant character. The extended aging of the product results in complex layers of flavor. A very limited quantity of the Marquette Reserve is currently available at the Vineyard’s Shelburne Tasting Room. Shelburne Vineyard won a total of four medals in the Cold Climate Wine Competition while two additional Vermont wineries, Lincoln Peak and Fresh Track, took honors at the same competition.

The Best Red Wine in Show award came on the heels of a Best in Class award for Shelburne Vineyard for its Duet Ice Wine at the 2012 Indiana International Wine Competition (INDY). The INDY award recognized Shelburne’s 2011 Duet Ice Wine with both a Double Gold and Best Wine in Class medal. Crafted from estate-grown grapes, the Duet is a blend from two grapes, Vidal Blanc and Arctic Riesling, harvested in Dec. 2010 when the temperature had dropped to 15°F and the sugars and flavors were concentrated by the cold. This ice wine has an exquisite balance of sugar and acidity that exudes soft notes of melon and pear. The same INDY competition also recognized Shelburne’s 2011 Cayuga White and Vermont Riesling with gold medals.

Located at 6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne Vineyard has vineyard plantings at three locations in Shelburne and one in neighboring Charlotte.  Founded in 1998 by Ken Albert, the Vineyard makes fine wines from their own and other Vermont and regionally grown grapes.  The Vineyard prides itself on its environmental ethic and its support for community organizations. For more information, visit

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