Anthony Road Wines Wins Gold Medal in France

Anthony Road Wine Co. made a big splash in France this month, with one of its Rieslings receiving a Trophee Excellence and another capturing a Gold Medal. Competing against mostly French and German wines at the Riesling du monde in Strasbourg, Anthony Road¹s 2008 Martini Reinhardt Selection RieslingTrockenbeeren, a dessert wine, was one of only seven Rieslings to receive trophies of excellence at the event. Anthony Road’s 2008 Dry Riesling won aGold Medal in the competition. Riesling du monde (Riesling in the world) was held March 13-15 along with Pinot Gris du monde and Gewurztraminer du monde. Seventy judges from 10countries participated in the blind tastings of Les Grands Concours du monde, including Anthony Road winemaker Johannes Reinhardt. Reinhardt did not taste the Anthony Road wines at the competition. Altogether, the judges tasted 1,132 wines ­ 517 Rieslings, 297 Pinot Gris wines and 318 Gewurztraminers. To receive a trophy of excellence in the competition, wines had to have a minimum score of 92 points. To receive a Gold Medal, wines had to have a score of at least 85 points. The event was held under the auspices of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. The awards are nice recognition for the Finger Lakes, said Reinhardt, a native of Germany whose family has been in the wine business since 1438. It gives more attention to the wines of our region ­ attention they deserve. He said the three-day event in France, focused on just three varieties of wine, made the competition very intense and focused. The Trockenbeeren was the only Riesling to receive a trophy of excellence in a category called Vin de grande concentration, or wines of great concentration such as dessert wine. The Dry Riesling received its Gold Medal in the category Grand Cru et Assimilés. In all, the competition handed out 71 Gold Medals and 72 Silver Medals. The recognition in France is not the first for Trockenbeeren, which costs $100 a bottle and has a residual sugar level of about 24 percent. In February, Wine Spectator wine critic James Molesworth gave the wine a score of 93 points, which Reinhardt said is the highest score that the magazine has given for a Finger Lakes wine. Here are Molesworth¹s tasting notes for the wine: ANTHONY ROAD Riesling Finger Lakes Trockenbeeren Martini Reinhardt Selection 2008 Score: 93 | $100 This has a gorgeous mouthfeel and loads of complexity with layers of lush Jonagold apple, heather honey, dried persimmon and chamomile flower all woven together seamlessly. The long finish is lushlysweet, but has the drive to keep bringing you back. Beautiful. Drink now through 2020. 58 cases made. Dessert ‹ J.M. Anthony Road Wine Co. has been making Finger Lakes wines since 1990, when Ann and John Martini opened their winery on the western shore of Seneca Lake with wines crafted from the 1989 crop. Anthony Road is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The winery is located off Route 14, about 10 miles south of Geneva. For more Anthony Road, call 800-559-2182 (toll-free) or 315-536-2182, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web site: www.anthonyroadwine.com. Anthony Road is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York. Finger Lakes Wine Country is the largest concentration of winerieseast of California, boasting more than 100 wineries producing world-class wine. For more information about the region, go to this Web site:www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com.

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