The Aug.18 International Cold Climate Wine Competition named Shelburne Vineyard’s 2011 Marquette Reserve “Best Red Wine in Show.” Marquette Reserve is a red wine produced from the 2011 harvest then vinted and barrel aged for 16 months to bring out the rich notes of berries and earthiness that give it an exuberant personality, complexity, and a soft finish. For the same winery to achieve that honor in three consecutive years at a wine competition is not only unusual but may be unprecedented, especially for different vintages of the same wine. Other Shelburne Vineyard wines medaling in this 2013 competition included the vineyard’s 2012 Marquette, Whimsey Meadow Rosé and Louise Swenson, a white wine.
Shelburne Vineyard’s 2012 LaCrescent white wine also received top honors this year when it was judged “Best in Class” among hybrid entries to the 9th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. The LaCrescent, another of Shelburne’s cold-hardy varieties is distinguished by a distinctive aroma of stone fruits and touch of sweetness on the finish. The Shelburne Vineyard Marquette and Riesling wines also earned medals in this year’s competition.
The Eastern States’ Exposition, also known as the Big E honored Shelburne Vineyard this year with medals for their reds 2012 Marquette, 2011 Marquette Reserve and Harvest Widow’s Revenge and for their Louise Swenson and Riesling white wines.
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