It’s been a fruitful 2015 for Arizona-based Carlson Creek Vineyard, and now the family-owned vineyard is adding a few more accolades to their wine portfolio from a recent successful showing at the famed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
In the Chenin Blanc category, Carlson Creek beat out a number of wineries from across California, as well as another Arizona-based winery, to take home a gold medal for their 2011 Chenin Blanc. This neutral, light white wine – best enjoyed young – opens with notes of a spring bouquet, including hints of citrus and lingering pear.
For wines $20 or over in the Sauvignon Blanc or Fume category, Carlson Creek’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc took home silver, and was the only Arizona wine to medal. Crisp and full bodied, this white varietal features hints of honey, melon, and apple.
The vineyard’s latest wine to be released, the 2012 Merlot, also took home a silver medal in the $20 – $24.99 Merlot category, and was again the only Arizona wine to be recognized. Aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels, this robust red is highlighted with flavors of plum and cracked pepper.
For more information or to purchase Carlson Creek Vineyard’s award-winning wines, the Chenin Blanc ($21), the Sauvignon Blanc ($21) or the Merlot ($23), visit CarlsonCreek.com or visit their Where To Buy page for a list of available locations throughout Arizona.