Best of Class Wine Descriptions CWA Editor [April 2015] 2008 Central Coast Wine Competition Best of Class Winners BEST WHITE WINE 2007 Eberle Viognier ~ Paso Robles, Mill Road Beautifully balanced with a lovely bouquet of exotic tropical fruit, delicate flavors of orange blossom, dried apricot and honey are complemented with a bright refreshing finish. BEST RED WINE 2005 Halter Ranch Syrah ~ Paso Robles, Estate An excellent definition of fruit and structure, beautifully balanced with intense aromatics of chocolate, berry, tobacco and lush lingering flavors. BEST DESSERT WINE 2005 Robert Hall Vintage Port ~ Paso Robles Classic port flair, well balanced, with concentrated ripe dark fruit character and notes of toasted hazelnuts and toffee. Click on Blue Link for Winery Information Best in their Class 2007 Huber Chardonnay unoaked ~ Santa Rita Hills, Estate An excellent wine that is fruit driven, yet crisp and clean with a granny smith apple mouth feel and steely characteristics displaying a great depth of flavor. 2007 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc ~ Paso Robles, Jardine Vineyard Nice floral aromas are complimented with green melon, lemon zest and a rich mineral component highlighted by assertive citrus flavors and great length. 2006 Castoro Cellars Pinot Grigio ~ Paso Robles A bouquet of garden herbs, subtle rose petal, complex fruit flavors and lovely oiliness are followed with mouth filling complex fruit flavors. 2006 Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer ~ Central Coast Delicate rose petal aromas are nicely balanced with white stone fruit and honey characters displaying bright intense flavors and a lengthy finish. 2007 Harmony Cellars White Riesling ~ Monterey County Fresh delicate aromas of apricot, jasmine, and a touch of elderberry are balanced with a pineapple, honey sweetness for beautiful structure and rich mouth feel. 2007 Ventana Vineyards Dry Rosato ~ Arroyo Seco, Estate Beautiful color with a lovely aromatic nose of fresh raspberry and strawberry, a hint of spice, rich in the mouth and crisp lingering finish. 2005 Halter Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Paso Robles, Estate Deep ruby color, well structured with fragrant black cherry flavors, classic cabernet varietal character is framed with firm tannins. 2005 Niner Wine Estates Merlot ~ Paso Robles, Bootjack Ranch Intense ripe berries with subtle oak integration, a touch of coffee beans, and fresh herbs are layered with generous flavors and a lush palate. 2005 Per Bacco Cellars Pinot Noir, Dronysus ~ Arroyo Grande Valley, Full bodied and complex with spicy cherry aromas and flavors enhanced by a savory and herbal old world style character. 2005 Penman Springs Petite Sirah ~ Paso Robles A powerful wine with mountains of fruit, subtle notes of tobacco and nuts accompanied with rich dense flavors. 2006 Sculpterra Winery Statuesque ~ Paso Robles Elegant, Bordeaux-like character with ripe blackberry aromas and hints of tobacco leaf and licorice are nicely balanced with a flavorful finish. 2006 Eberle Barbera ~ Paso Robles Deep red lavender color, spicy black currant aromas and layered fruit flavors – a great food wine! 2006 Kenneth Volk Vineyards Mourvedre ~ Lime Kiln Valley, Enz Vineyard Well balanced and nicely integrated with oak, ripe and round with a hint of white pepper in a fresh new world style. 2006 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel ~ Paso Robles Nicely structured with sweet berry flavors, a hint of pepper and refined tannins. 2006 Alapay Cellars Late Harvest Moscato ~ Paso Robles Clean sweet lemon aromas braced with delicate flavors of peach and apricot is nicely balanced with acid and sweetness leaving a crisp, clean finish.