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Early Mountain Awarded Five Gold Medals in 2018 Governor's Cup

Early Mountain Awarded Five Gold Medals in 2018 Governor's Cup

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Posted on February 13, 2018

We are excited to announce that five wines from our portfolio have received gold medals in the prestigious 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards. Since joining Early Mountain in June 2015, Winemaker Ben Jordan has worked with Associate Winemaker and Viticulturist Maya Hood White to continually elevate the profile of Early Mountain wines, and this honor validates the effort and passion they put into viticulture and winemaking. The five awarded wines include three red blends, the 2015 & 2014 Eluvium and 2015 Novum, as well as the 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Quaker Run Chardonnay.  

In honor of the recognition, all of the wines are now featured in our Tasting Room and we've added a unique flight include Eluvium and Novum, both 2014 and 2015 vintages.  We have also created a "Gold Medal" 6 bottle case with special pricing (see more here) for those who want to enjoy at home or add to your collection. We hope you enjoy them!

The winning wines all showcase fruit from Quaker Run, a vineyard site in Madison on the southern slope of the Blue Ridge mountains with the ideal altitude, slope and water drainage for grapes of complexity and character. The 2014 addition of Quaker Run, gave Ben and his team access to a greater variety and quantity of high-quality grapes. All of the Gold Medal wines feature Quaker Run grapes with the 2015 Quaker Run Chardonnay grown entirely in the vineyard.  The quintessential Virginia red blends, Eluvium and Novum, are respectively Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominated with Petit Verdot complementing the former and Tannat complementing the latter.   

The 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup is presented by the Virginia Wineries Association, in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board & the Virginia Vineyards Association. It is known to be one of the most stringent wine competitions in the United States, and this year over 440 wines from 100 Virginia wineries were judged by 40 of some of the most respected wine professionals in the field. For details on the judging criteria and more on the Governor’s Cup, visit www.virginiawine.org/governors-cup.