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From a Dim Light to a Highlight, Petite Sirah is Shining Brightly

From the Creators.com Web site, the headline reads: Price Is No Judge in a Wine Competition

The author is Robert Whitley, a syndicated writer and wine competition organizer. Robert brings the best and brightest talent to his competitions, so that judgment is very exacting and credible. He writes:

As usual, the annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition – staged in San Diego over the Memorial Day weekend – spit out a fair number of surprises.

The judges are an eclectic group of renowned wine journalists – such as Jon Bonne, Wine Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle; Leslie Sbrocco, author of “Wine for Women”; and Stephen Brook of London, an editor at Decanter and a prolific author of award-winning wine books – who are just as apt to fall in love with a $25 wine as they are with a $100 wine.

That’s exactly what happened when it came to the vote for wine of the year. The initial ballot resulted in a tie between the 2000 Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne ($139) and the 2006 Clayhouse Petite Sirah ($25) of Paso Robles. To the amazement of some, the Clayhouse Petite edged the Perrier-Jouet in the runoff – quite an outcome considering Champagnes had taken wine of the year in three of the previous five Critics Challenges.

Clayhouse is a member of PSILY, and I was delighted when I read what Robert Whitley had written. I also began to wonder how the other members were doing, because I’d get an occasional Email from members like Kelly Lentz of Parducci and Greg Masset of Masset Winery in Washington state, when their results had come in. I queried my PS I Love You members, just to get a read on how well their PS does when placed in evaluation circumstances. The results are in, in alphabetical order, and are astounding for a cultivar that is deemed as obscure by some:

2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch PS ~ Mendocino ~ GOLD ~ SF Chronicle Wine
2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch PS ~ Four Stars/Excellent ~ Restaurant Wine
2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch PS ~ Mendocino ~ 5 Stars/Exceptional ~ Restaurant Wine
2006 Artezin Garzini Ranch PS ~ Mendocino ~ Score: 92 – Wine Spectator

2006 Aver Family Vineyards PS ~ Central Coast ~ GOLD ~ Critics Challenge 2009

2006 Ballentine Vineyards PS ~ Fig Tree Vineyard  PS ~ GOLD ~ Am. Fine Wine
2006 Ballentine Vineyards PS ~ Fig Tree Vineyard St. Helena PS ~ 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2006 Berryessa Gap PS~ ~ GOLD, 90 points ~ Beverage Testing Institute

2007 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ Riverside Int’l Wine
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ LA Int. Wine & Spirits Competition
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ Orange County Fair
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ West Coast Wine Competition
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ CA State Fair
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS ~ PLATINUM ~ Jerry Mead’s NWIWC
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS PORT ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ SF Chronicle Wine
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS PORT ~ GOLD ~ Grand Harvest Awards
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS PORT ~ GOLD ~ Pacific Rim
2006 Bogle Vineyards PS PORT ~ GOLD, SWEEPS ~ Monterey

2006 Concannon Vineyard LR PS ~ GOLD ~ Critics Challenge
2006 Concannon Vineyard Res. Captain Joe’s PS ~ GOLD ~ Critics Challenge
2005 Concannon Vineyard Res. Captain Joe’s PS ~ GOLD ~ Florida State Fair
2005 Concannon Vineyard LR PS ~  GOLD ~ Hilton Head Wine Festival
2004 Concannon Vineyard Res. Heritage PS ~ GOLD ~ Critics Challenge 2009

2006 Clayhouse Estate PS ~ Paso Robles ~ GOLD ~ LA Int’l Wine & Spirits
2006 Clayhouse Estate PS ~ Paso Robles ~ BEST OF CLASS ~ LA Int’l Wine & Sp.
2006 Clayhouse Estate PS ~ GOLD ~ BEST RED Wine ~ Critic’s Challenge
2006 Clayhouse Estate PS ~ GOLD ~ WINE OF THE YEAR ~ Critic’s Challenge
2006 Clayhouse Estate PS ~ GOLD Riverside International Wine Competition

2006 EOS Estate Winery PS ~ GOLD ~ SF Chronicle Wine Competition
2004 EOS Estate Winery Cupa Grandis PS ~ GOLD ~ American Wine Society

2006 Girard Petite Sirah ~ 91 Points ~ Robert Parker

2006 Harney Lane Winery PS ~ GOLD ~ 2009 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
2006 Harney Lane Winery PS ~ GOLD ~ 2009 Grand Harvest Awards
2006 Harney Lane Winery PS ~ BEST OF CLASS ~ 2009 Lodi Int’l Wine Awards

2006 Heringer Estates PS PORT ~ GOLD ~ SF Chronicle Wine Comp.
2004 Heringer Estates PS ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ Florida State Fair Int’l Wine
2004 Heringer Estates PS ~ GOLD ~ CA State Fair
2004 Heringer Estates PS ~ GOLD ~ Grand Harvest Awards
2004 Heringer Estates PS ~ GOLD ~ SF Int’l Wine Competition

2006 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Lake County PS ~ GOLD ~ -New World Int’l
2006 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Lake County PS ~ GOLD Finger Lakes WC
2006 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Lake County PS ~ GOLD ~ San Diego Int’l
2005 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Serpentine Meadow, Guenoc Valley PS ~ 93 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast
2005 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Ser. M., Guenoc Valley ~ BEST OF SHOW Red Wine ~ Florida Int’l
2005 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Ser. M., Guenoc Valley ~ GOLD ~ Finger Lakes
2005 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Ser. M., Guenoc Valley ~ GOLD ~ San Diego Int’l
2004 Langtry Estate & Vineyards Ser. M., Guenoc Valley ~ Top 100 Wines: The Best of the West, SFGate.com

2006 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ SF Chron Nat’l Comp
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ DOUBLE GOLD Tasters Guild
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ DOUBLE GOLD Calaveras County Fair
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ GOLD Florida State Fair
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ GOLD El Dorado County Fair
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ GOLD Orange County Fair
2005 Lava Cap Winery Granite Hill PS ~ GOLD Florida Int’l Wine Competition

2006 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition
2006 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Orange County Fair
2006 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ LA Int’l Wine & Spirits Awards
2006 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Long Beach Grand Cru
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Dallas Morning News
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Finger Lakes International
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Riverside International
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Taster’s Guild International
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ Orange County Fair
2005 Line 39 PS – Lake County ~ GOLD ~ California State Fair

2005 Masset Winery Columbia Valley PS ~ GOLD ~ WA State Wine Comp
2005 Masset Winery Columbia Valley PS ~ GOLD ~ Appellation America
2005 Masset Winery Columbia Valley PS ~ BEST of Appellation ~ Appellation America

2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Fingerlakes International
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Riverside International
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ West Coast Wine
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Dallas Morning News
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Orange County Fair
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Sweepstakes Red ~ Long Beach Grand Cru
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ Lodi Int’l Wine
2005 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi PS ~ GOLD ~ 90 Points/Very Highly Rec. ~ CA Grapevine

2006 Miro Dry Creek Valley PS ~ GOLD ~ San Antonio Wine Festival
2006 Miro Dry Creek Valley PS ~ GOLD ~ West Coast Wine Competition
2006 Miro Dry Creek Valley PS ~ GOLD ~ 90 Points Wine Enthusiast

2007 Oakstone Winery Geoff & Katy Farm Vineyard Reserve PS ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ El Dorado County
2007 Oakstone Winery Geoff & Katy Farm Vineyard Reserve PS ~ BEST OF CLASS ~ El Dorado County

2006 Parducci PS, Mendocino County ~ GOLD – SF Chronicle Wine Comp
2005 Parducci True Grit PS, Mendocino ~ 92 Points Wine & Spirits
2005 Parducci True Grit PS, Mendocino ~ GOLD ~ Florida State Fair
2004 Parducci True Grit PS ~ 94 Points ~ 100 Best Wines ~ Wine & Spirits
2003 Parducci True Grit PS ~ 93 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 2008

2006 Pedroncelli Family Vineyards PS ~  Critics GOLD ~ 2009 Critics Challenge
2005 Pedroncelli Family Vineyards PS ~ GOLD ~ Taster’s Guild Int’l Wine
2005 Pedroncelli Family Vineyards PS ~ RECOMMENDED ~ Gerald Asher, Gourmet

2007 Silkwood PS~ GOLD ~ Pacific Rim Int’l Wine Competition

2006 Spangler Vineyards PS, Oregon ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ Wine Press Northwest, Best of the Best
2006 Spangler Vineyards PS, Oregon ~ GOLD ~ Indianapolis International

2006 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ CA State Fair
2006 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ BEST OF CLASS ~ CA State Fair
2006 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ Appellation America
2006 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ GOLD ~ Amador Competition
2005 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ GOLD ~ SF Chronicle
2005 Twisted Oak PS, Calaveras County ~ GOLD ~ Orange County

2006 Victor Hugo PS, Paso Robles ~ DOUBLE GOLD ~ Tasters Guild
2006 Victor Hugo PS, Paso Robles ~ GOLD ~ Pacific Rim Int’l Wine
2006 Victor Hugo PS, Paso Robles ~ GOLD ~ Grand Harvest Int’l Wine
2006 Victor Hugo PS, Paso Robles ~ GOLD ~ Appellation America

2006 Vina Robles Jardine PS, Paso Robles ~ GOLD ~ 2009 San Diego Int’l Wine
2006 Vina Robles Jardine PS, Paso Robles ~ 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast
2006 Vina Robles Jardine PS, Paso Robles ~ 5-Stars – Restaurant Wine

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