Acclaim for Our Wine

Ratings

DBA Ratings

Vintage 2012:
  • Top 6 California Red Blends - Monty & Sara Preiser - Wine Writers - 1-19-17

    Monty & Sara Preiser are renowned wine writers and vintners; Monty is also co-founder of the American Fine Wine Competition.  In reviewing their notes from the 5000+ wines they sampled in 2016; they culled a list of their favorite 160 California Wines; incuding 6 Red Blends (not all Bordeaux grapes).  We are proud to report our 2012 DBA was one of the six!

  • 93 Points - Beverage Testing Institute
    Wine Glass Style: Juicy smooth fruity oaky rich
    Aroma Aroma: chocolate roasted nuts, black raspberry tart, cherry-orange gelato, and coconut macaroon
    Taste Flavor: delicate spice, vanilla cream, pencil shavings, and pepper
    Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
    Enjoy Enjoy: Now-10 years on its own or with food
    Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Elk Chops, Lasagna
    Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome and vibrant red blend that is sure to please.

     

Pere Ratings

Vintage 2013:
  • 92 points - James Suckling - December 12, 2016

    A tight red with tar and blackberry character. Medium to full body, dusty tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2018.

  • A favorite Napa Valley Caberenet - Christopher Sawyer - 1-23-16

    Christopher Sawyer, renowned wine writer, private sommelier and competition judge, served as one of the 24 evaluators at the Ninth Annual American Fine Wine competition.  In summarizing his notes from the competition, Christopher called out our 2013 Lagniappe Peak Pere as one of his four favorite cabernet sauvignon entries.

    Here is what Christopher had to say about Pere.

    Lagniappe Peak 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pere, Napa Valley: Rich texture with dark berries, black currant, bittersweet chocolate, layers of spice, chewy tannins, and a persistent finish ($75). DOUBLE GOLD

    You can read Christopher's article detailing all of his favorites by following the link below:

    TASTY RESULTS FROM THE AMERICAN FINE WINE COMPETITION 2016

Pugsley Ratings

Vintage 2014:
  • 90-92+ - Robert Parker, Jr.: The Wine Advocate, #228 - 12-30-16

    Another mineral-dominated Syrah from Atlas Peak, the 2014 Syrah Pugsley shows an inky/purple color, loads of crushed/powdered stone and floral notes, but also copious quantities of blackberry and blueberry fruit.

    It is a deep, rich, full-bodied and multidimensional wine that should drink well for 10-15 years. It ideally needs several years of bottle age to round into form.

Awards

DBA Awards

Vintage 2012:
  • Gold Medal - 2017 - American Fine Wine Competition - 1-16-17

    Over 800 wines were entered into this year's prestigious American Fine Wine Competition; which is strictly by invitation only.  Our DBA won a coveted gold medal.  Only 19 wines were judged worthy of gold in DBA's Red Blend category! 

  • Gold Medal - World Wine Championships - 11/16/15

    Opaque dark black garnet color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts, black raspberry tart, cherry-orange gelato, and coconut macaroon with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, medium-long delicate spice, vanilla cream, pencil shavings, and pepper finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome and vibrant red blend that is sure to please. 

  • Silver Medal -2016 - American Fine Wine Competition - 1/23/16

Jazzie Awards

Vintage 2015:
  • Wine of the Week - St. Helena Star - 6-5-17 Link to award

    At the 2017 Napa Valley Wine Auction we poured our 2015 Jazzie Sauvignon Blanc; along with about 25 other producers.  After tasting through the group, St.Helena Star wine writer, Catherine Bugue, named us as the Wine of the Week.  

    Here is what Catherine had to say:

    As we simmer under the warm sun this summer, Lagniappe’s crisp sauvignon blanc will come as a welcome respite. Discovered at Auction Napa Valley under just those conditions this past week, the Jazzie is a vibrantly fruity sip that finishes nice and crisp. Neutral French barrels, and stirring of the lees, bring a rich texture to the wine without adding oak-influenced flavors. This lets the stone fruits and pink grapefruit citrus character shine along with an interesting hint of flinty stones.

     

    Lagniappe is a French term for “an unexpected surprise” or “a little something extra.” Keep a few bottles on hand, and you’ll have an insta-refreshment to pull out at a moment’s notice this summer

  • Silver Medal - World Wine Championships - 11/18/16

    Bright yellow straw color. Creamy, citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of dusty straw, white chocolate toffee, latte, and dried citrus with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long lemon curd on toast, papaya, and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very nice citrusy sauvignon blanc with fun creamy overtones  

     

    Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Savory, Non-Oaky & Rich & Full
    Aroma Aroma: dusty straw, white chocolate toffee, latte, and dried citrus
    Taste Flavor: lemon curd on toast, papaya, and grass
    Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
    Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
    Recipes Pairing: Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Brook Trout Almondine, Chicken Fajitas
    Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very nice citrusy sauvignon blanc with fun creamy overtones.

     

Pere Awards

Vintage 2013:
  • Double Gold Medal - 2017 - American Fine Wine Competition - 1-16-17

    Our 2013 Pere Cabernet Sauvignon took a Double Gold Medal for the second year in a row!  Over 800 wines entered in the event.. Pere was judged to be one of the top seven Red Bordeaux Style Blends in the competition.

     

  • Top 20 Wine - Oakland Wine Festival - July 2016
     
    Final results for the Oakland Wine Festival have been released; Lagniappe Peak Vineyards wines were highly rated; especially by the wine professional participants.  Winemakers, sommeliers, trade and media cast over 500 votes in the competition; and chose their top 20 wines.  Our 2013 Pere Cabernet Sauvignon was rated #18 out of the 129 wines entered in the competition. 
     
     
  • Double Gold Medal - American Fine Wine Competition -2016 - 1/23/16

    Rich texture with dark berries, black currant, bittersweet chocolate, layers of spice, chewy tannins, and a persistent finish.

    -Christopher Sawyer

  • Silver Medal - World Wine Championships - 12/01/15

     Nearly opaque black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, smoky dusty aromas of chocolate, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate nuts with a creamy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long baked berries, cedar, and peppery spices finish with firm, woody tannins and heavy oak. A brooding, powerful, very oaky cabernet that needs a few years of cellaring.

    Wine Glass Style: Oaky & rich & full
    Aroma Aroma: chocolate, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate nuts
    Taste Flavor: baked berries, cedar, and peppery spices
    Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
    Enjoy Enjoy: Now-10 years with food
    Recipes Pairing: Well-Marbled Steak, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
    Bottom Line Bottom Line: A brooding, powerful, very oaky cabernet that needs a few years of cellaring.

     

     

     

Pugsley Awards

Vintage 2013:
  • Silver Medal - World Wine Championships - 12/01/15

    Opaque black violet color. Delicate, roasted aromas of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate drizzled on berries, and moss and leaves with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long coffee grounds, parchment, marinated mushroom, and cedar dust finish with dusty, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, earthy syrah for the table. 

    Wine Glass Style: Oaky & rich & full 

    Aroma Aroma: roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate drizzled on berries, and moss and leaves 

    Taste Flavor: coffee grounds, parchment, marinated mushroom, and cedar dust 

    Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity

     Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food 

    Recipes Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, Lamb Kebobs, Souvlaki 

    Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, earthy syrah for the table. 

     

  • #1 rated Syrah in the competiton - Oakland Wine Festival - July 2016
  • Silver Medal - American Fine Wine Competition - 1/23/16
  • Silver Medal - American Fine Wine Competition - 1-16-17

Small Fry Awards

Vintage 2013:
  • Silver Medal - World Wine Championships - 12-01-15

    Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, roasted aromas of grilled berries, toasted grassy herbs, caramelized nuts, and olives with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long nuts, baking chocolate and coffee, mocha, and earth finish with firm, barky, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A nice supple malbec with a dry elegant style. 

    Wine Glass Style: Oaky & juicy & smooth
    Aroma Aroma: grilled berries, toasted grassy herbs, caramelized nuts, and olives
    Taste Flavor: nuts, baking chocolate and coffee, mocha, and earth
    Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
    Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
    Recipes Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, Short Ribs, Lasagna
    Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice supple malbec with a dry elegant style.

     

     

  • #2 rated Malbec in the competition - Oakland Wine Festival - July 2016

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