Tongue River Winery
|Posted on November 20, 2018 at 8:20 PM|
WE KNEW IT WAS A GOOD WINE. NO....WE KNEW IT WAS A GREAT WINE!
But we never expected to win a Jefferson Cup prize. The Jefferson Cup Invitational invites only about 500 wineries each year out of the 8700 wineries in the US. And of those wineries, approximately 750 wines are received for judging each November. They are first judged for Bronze, Silver and Gold, and if every judge at a table gives a wine a gold medal, then it's a Double Gold.
Next, all of the judges taste the Double Gold wines and select any they feel should get a Jefferson Cup award. In 2017, there were 62 Double Golds, and only 16 Jefferson Cup awards were given. So it's quite an honor— first of all to be invited at all, and second, to receive a Double Gold (our first) and then on top of that, the exclusive Jefferson Cup award.
Josh and I treated last year's Marquette differently, using a bentonite clay technique to strengthen the tannins, and used the so-called saignee technique (removing some of the juice from the skins before fermentation starts) to concentrate the skin to juice ratio about 10%. The resultant wine was richer in tannins, bigger in body and had wonderful clean dark fruit characters on the palate.
We are so pleased with this technique that it will become the standard for any big red wines we seek to produce. Full details about the Jefferson Cup competition will be shared as soon as we receive them.
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