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Ferrari Ranch In Sweepstakes At Women’s Wine Competition

May 25, 2021 – In their first ever wine competition, Dave and Liz Ferrari were pretty stoked to have their 2018 Ferrari Ranch Pinot Noir ($58) end up a Double Gold, Best of Class winner and have it land in the Sweepstakes round of the 2021 Women’s International Wine Competition, held last week in Santa Rosa. The wine scored 98 points and had a nice run in the final Sweepstakes voting, where it challenged 10 other reds, narrowly losing out to the 2019 Carol Shelton Coquille Rouge, Central Coast, to claim the title of Best of Show Red. Well done!

This is the first time a wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA has ended up in the Sweepstakes round at this competition. The 2018 Ferrari Ranch Pinot was described by the judging panel as very complete, filled with cranberry and red raspberry. 

Both the 2018 and 2019 Ferrari Ranch Chardonnays ($42) also showed well, scoring Gold medals and 94 points each. The 2018 Chard was described as “Super yummy; Beautiful fruit; acid; and oak. Impressive layers of stone fruit. Lingering finish,” while the 2019 garnered these comments: “Beautiful elegant; gorgeous balance. Lemon meringue pie. Young pineapple; Beautiful finish.” 

Besides the 2018 Pinot Noir and two Chardonnays, the Ferrari’s are pleased to announce they will have a 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé ($28) to taste and purchase. You can contact them to arrange a private tasting. FerrariRanch

Bargetto, too, has to be proud that its 2019 Estate Grown Pinot Grigio from Regan Vineyards ($28) scored a Double Gold and 96 points at the same competition. We judged it on my panel, and all three of us loved it from the first sip, praising it for its lovely texture, aromas and flavors of pistachios and lively lemon-lime citrus core. This is a classic Italian style rendering of a grape that is often maltreated here in California, where it’s often rendered into lifeless, soulless, colorless swill. We thought we were drinking something from the Veneto or Friuli-Venezia regions of Italy. Hands down the best Regan PG from Bargetto yet! 

Lightpost Winery had a nice showing with Double Gold and 96 points for its Paso Robles Cabernet, which was in the finals at the SF Chronicle this year. They also scored Gold for the 2018 “Sevastien Winemaker’s Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and a Silver for their 2019 Ferrari Ranch Pinot Noir. 

Judged by professional wine women, including somms, winemakers, journalists and wine buyers, the Women’s International Wine competition is great confirmation of a wine’s ability to make a big impression on the people who buy most of the wine in this country: women. 

Complete results of the Women’s Wine Competition can be found here

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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist, columnist and judge who contributes regularly to Edible Monterey Bay, Spirited, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and Wine Industry Network, and a variety of consumer publications. Her passion is telling stories about the intriguing characters who inhabit the fascinating world of wine and food.