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Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley, told decanter.com that it has been hard to fault the weather all year long. ‘This vintage is going to send me to my thesaurus to find as many synonyms as possible for ideal,’ he said. ‘I think people who love Napa Valley wines will find a lot to love in 2013 wines. ‘We started harvesting and crushing this week and across the varieties of grapes we grow the colour has been stellar, the ripeness and the flavours are right where we want them to be.

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Guests sampled current vintages and 2005 library wines from more than two dozen Carneros wineries and grapegrowers when the Carneros Wine Alliance hosted its annual tasting at the new ZD Barn on March 26. From left are board members, TJ Evans, chairman, Domaine Carneros; Anne Moller-Racke, vice-chairwoman, The Donum Estate/Stemmler Winery and  Brandon deLeuze, secretary) ZD Wines.

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  • Gold Medal
    • NV Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Noirs
    • 2007 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay
    • 2008 Nicholson Ranch Pinot Noir
  • Silver Medal
    • 2007 Broadway Vineyards Merlot
    • 2006 Domaine Carneros Brut
    • 2007 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir
    • 2005 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Blancs
    • 1998 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Carneros Cuvee
  • Bronze Medal
    • 2007 Broadway Vineyards Chardonnay
    • 2007 Broadway Vineyards Syrah
    • 2008 Broadway Vineyards Chardonnay
    • NV Domaine Carneros Rose de la Pompadour
    • NV Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Va de Vi

Best of California, Best of Class Sonoma Appellations

  • 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay
  • 2005 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Blancs Brut

Best of Region Sonoma Appellations, Best of Class Sonoma Appellations

  • 2006 Buena Vista Carneros Syrah Vineyard Series

Double Gold

  • 2005 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Blancs Brut

Gold

  • 2008 Leveroni Vineyards, Carneros Chardonnay
  • 2006 Buena Vista Carneros Syrah Vineyard Series
  • NV Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut
  • 2006 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Brut Rosé

Silver

  • 2008 ZD Wines Carneros 40th Anniversary Reserve Chardonnay
  • 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay
  • 2006 Buena Vista Carneros Syrah
  • 2002 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Royal Cuvée Brut Vintage Reserve
  • 1999 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Carneros Cuvée Brut

Bronze

  • 2007 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Chardonnay
  • 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir Vineyard Series
  • ZD Wines, Norman C deLeuze Pinot Noir ZD Founder’s Reserve
  • 2006 Buena Vista Carneros Merlot
  • 2006 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Merlot

Silver Medal Winners

  • 2007 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir
  • 2004 Domaine Carneros Le Reve, Blanc de Blancs
  • NV Domaine Carneros Cuvee de la Pompadour
  • 2005 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Blancs
  • NV Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Blanc de Noirs
  • 2007 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Estate Grown & Bottled Chardonnay
  • 2006 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Estate Grown & Bottled Pinot Noir

Bronze Medal Winners

  • 2006 Domaine Carneros Brut
  • 2006 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Merlot
  • 2008 Nicholson Ranch Los Carneros Pinot Noir
  • 2001 Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Vintage Reserve Royal Cuvee

Like much of Northern California, Carneros weathered a challenging year. Spring and early summer was rainy and cool, delaying budbreak and impeding flowering. As a result the crop was quite modest in size, particularly that of Pinot Noir. The dramatically foggy and cold weather continued through July. “Mildew pressure was high,” says David Graves of Saintsbury. “And when veraison was also late, the question was whether the weather would hold through harvest.”