Mercury Rising is the most popular wine at Cinnabar, and for good reason. In addition to the San Francisco Chronicle award, Mercury Rising has a long history of offering tremendous value and garnering respect among wine critics. Over the past ten years Mercury Rising has won Good or Double Gold five times in addition to several other awards.
The 2009 vintage included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec grapes were sourced from the following American Viticultural Areas (AVA): Alexander Valley, Clear Lake, Edna Valley, Lodi, Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Clara Valley. Vineyards are chosen for their favorable climate and soils, effective cultural practices, and history of producing quality fruit. Each of these varietals contributes to the synergy of aromas, flavors and structure of this wine. You will love the dark fruit flavors with raspberry, currants and blueberries blended with a touch of spice, soft tannins and good acidity, leading to a long finish.
In addition to the Best of Class award for Mercury Rising, Cinnabar also brought home Gold medals for their 2010 Paso Robles Syrah and the 2010 Paso Robles Merlot and a Bronze for their 2009 Malbec.
Cinnabar Winery was established by Tom Mudd in 1981 and produces award-winning wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains, the California Central Coast, and other distinguished growing regions. In the 14th century, alchemists believed that cinnabar could magically convert ordinary metals such as iron into gold. Tom Mudd believed that the rainwater permeating the mountainous soils where he grew his grapes would lead to great tasting wines capturing the magic of alchemy in his handcrafted wines.
The Cinnabar Tasting Room in the Saratoga Village offers daily wine sampling, green-friendly accessories and clothing, custom gift baskets, regional festivals, corporate events and lifestyles seminars. Stop by and check out their award-winning wines.
The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines and this year included a record breaking 5,500 entries from 25 states and judged by 60 prominent wine judges. The competition is always fierce and as the number of entries grow, it becomes tougher.
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