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AWARDS

Syrah 2007 (Sierra Foothills):

   Double Gold Medal, 2011 CA State Fair.

      Best Of California. Best of Class,    

      Sierra Foothills Appellations.

   Gold Medal, 2011 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 El Dorado Cnty Fair.

Barbera 2008 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal, 2011 Orange Cnty Fair. 

   Silver Medal, 2011 Amador Cnty Fair.

Torrontes 2009 (Alta Mesa):

   Gold Medal, 2011 CA State Fair. Best

      of Class, Lodi Appellations.

   Silver Medal, 2011 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 El Dorado Cnty Fair.

Cabernet Franc 2008 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2011 CA State Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 Orange County Fair.

     

Barbera Rosé 2010 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2011 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 Amador County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.

Malbec 2008 (Alta Mesa):

   Silver Medal, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2011 CA State Fair. Best of Class, Lodi Appellations. 

Cinq Etoiles 2006 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.

Fleur de Lune 2007 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 Amador County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 Orange Fair.

   Silver Medal & Best of Class of Region, 2010 CA State Fair.

Pandora No.1, 2008 (Alta Mesa):

   Silver Medal & Best of Class, 2010 Amador County Fair.

Petite Sirah 2006 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

   Silver Medal, 2010 CA State Fair.

Petite Sirah 2006 (Clarksburg):

   Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 CA State Fair.

Tempranillo 2005 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2009 CA State Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2009 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2009 Amador County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

Cabernet Franc 2005 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2009 CA State Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2009 Amador County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 Orange County Fair.

Titan IX 2005 (Sierra Foothills):

  Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

Tempranillo 2006 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal, 2009 El Dorado Cty Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 CA State Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Barbera Rosé 2009 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal, 2010 Orange Cty Fair.
  
Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2010 Amador County Fair.

Barbera 2007 (Sierra Foothills):

    Silver Medal, 2010 Amador County Fair.

Prt 2007 (Sierra Foothills):

    Silver Medal, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.

    Silver Medal, 2010 Amador County Fair.

Torrontes 2007 (Alta Mesa):

   Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition.  

   Silver Medal, 2009 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2009 El Dorado County Fair.

Barbera 2006 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Zinfandel 2006 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

   Silver Medal, 2008 Orange County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2008 Amador County Fair.

Petite Sirah 2005 (Clarksburg):

   Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

   Silver Medal, 2008 CA State Fair.

Barbera 2005 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2008 CA State Fair.

Fleur de Lune 2005 (Sierra Foothills)

   Gold Medal, 2007 Amador County Fair.

   Gold Medal, 2007 Orange County Fair.

Titan IV 2004 (Sierra Foothills)

   Gold Medal, 2007 Amador County Fair.

Cabernet Franc 2004 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal (Best Sierra Foothills      

     Cabernet Franc & top scoring Cabernet
     Franc in the state - 94 pts) ,
2007 CA

     State Fair. 

  Silver Medal, 2010 Vinalies  

      Internationales, Paris, France.

   Silver Medal, 2007 San Francisco

      International Wine Competition.

   Silver Medal, 2007 El Dorado Cnty Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2007 Amador Cnty Fair.

Tempranillo 2004 (Sierra Foothills):     

   Double Gold Medal, 2006 Amador County Fair.

Petite Sirah 2004 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal, 2006 Amador County Fair.

   Silver Medal, 2006 CA State Fair.

Barbera 2004 (Sierra Foothills):

   Gold Medal, 2006 Orange County Fair.

   Gold Medal, 2006 Amador County Fair.

Cinq Etoiles 2004 (Sierra Foothills - Estate)

   Silver Medal, 2006 Orange County Fair.

Fleur de Lune 2004 (Sierra Foothills - Estate)

   Silver Medal, 2006 Orange County Fair.

Titan I 2004 (Sierra Foothills):

   Silver Medal, 2006 El Dorado County Fair.

 

REVIEWS

Excerpt  from an article published in the The Union (Nevada City, June 7, 2006) by wine columnist Rod Byers, entitled "Solune Winegrowers - A place where science meets art":

" . . . Tasting notes

I first tasted Solune's wines last summer as barrel samples. Jacques is an adventurous, creative winemaker producing distinctive, flavorful wines. I tasted them again last week (just before they were bottled) to see how they were developing.



2004 Cinq Etoiles, Estate Grown
A Bordeaux styled wine, blended with all five (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec,) varieties. Aromas of black currant, white pepper, tobacco and cedar. A stylish wine, elegant and medium-bodied.

2004 Tempranillo
, Sierra Foothills
I'm looking forward to seeing more of this variety planted in the Foothills. Medium-bodied with moderate tannins, this flavor-loaded wine offers aromas of vanilla, red berries and spice.

2004 Barbera, Sierra Foothills
A very California-style Barbera. An intense wine with huge fruit, loaded with aromas of raspberries, black cherries and spice. Good acidity, soft tannins and a distinctly chocolate finish.

2004 Petite Sirah, Sierra Foothills
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." This wine offers lovely, even delicate, floral notes of perfume and spice on the nose while delivering a substantial punch on the finish, with solid tannins and nuances of chocolate and toasty oak.

Titan I, Sierra Foothills
This is their red blend. It's complicated to explain the concept in a few words. What is easy to understand is how good it tastes. It is full-bodied, flavorful and robust. Ask them about it when you are there.

2004 Fleur de Lune, Estate Grown
A blend of White Muscat, Orange Muscat and Gewurztraminer.
Solune will have other white wines but this is the only one right now. Usually white wines would come first but at 3 percent residual sugar this might be considered a dessert wine for some folks. Whatever you call it, it is an intriguing blend of spice, fruit and perfume.
Every time you approach it you get a different picture. It is sweet but the crisp acidity keeps it balanced and fresh. Don't let your "dry wine" prejudice prevent you from trying this delicious wine. "

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