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Most Captivating Wines Of 2020

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10/09/2020 Below listed wines are the top-scoring wines of the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards.

Martin Luther once said, “Beer is made by men, wine by God,” and I am sure every wine lover would agree to it. There can be anything in a wine that can capture your attention. It could be the aromas, the texture on your palate, or just the moment frozen in time that leaves you wanting to repeat that experience again and again.

Talking about the experience with wines - we are super excited to announce the winners of the second edition of the Sommeliers Choice Awards - where wines are judged by sommeliers, wine directors, and on-premise wine experts. The wines are judged in five categories: food parability, typicity, quality, value, and packaging. 

In this article, we are going to talk about the award-winning wines at the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Below listed are the wines with the highest scores in the competition.

What are you waiting for? Have a look at the Most Captivating Wines Of 2020.

2014 Kalaris

2014 Kalaris by Axios Inc is a well-balanced Pinot Noir made by renowned winemakers Gus Kalaris and Robert Egelhoff. Brimming with flavors of black cherry, strawberry jam, and fresh fig, this medium-bodied Pinot Noir is naturally balanced and delivers a long, persistent finish.

2014 Kalaris won a Double Gold along with “Wine Of The Year,” “Wine Of The Year By Varietal,” “Wine Of The Year By Country,” “Red Wine Of The Year” at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2013 Matilde

2013 Matilde by Lamadrid Estate Wines is a 100% Malbec with 14% ABV. From Argentina, this wine has a round, smoky nose with blackberry, and cassis aromas offering a sultry entry to this wine. 2013 Matilde is tannic and resiny on the palate, but well integrated with the toasty oak flavors in front of cassis and chocolate notes. This Malbec from a lauded vintage is smooth and steady on the finish. Recommended drinking through 2028. 

2013 Matilde won a Double Gold medal at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2018 Château de Lacroux/ Vigne de Maurival

2018 Château de Lacroux/ Vigne de Maurival by Famille Derrieux/ Derrieux Pierre Et Fils from France is a fleshy and very silky wine, with notes of fruit and blackcurrant comes mainly from the Braucol grape variety, which brings a lot of substance while keeping the suppleness of the Duras. It can be drunk young enough to appreciate the fruitiness of its native grape varieties. After 4 years, we will find the expression of a deep terroir. 2018 Château de Lacroux/ Vigne de Maurival is recommended to taste around 17 ° C.

2018 Château de Lacroux/ Vigne de Maurival won a Double Gold medal along with “Wine Of The Year By Country,” “White Wine Of The Year” at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2017 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon by Ehlers Estate from the United States comes with 14.5 % alcohol. 2017 1886 Ehlers Estate is an impressive 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from different blocks on the property. It’s deep red-purple in color with aromas of cassis, wild blackberries, licorice, herbs de Provence, cedar, and tobacco leaf. The bright mouthfeel showcases flavors of cassis, dark cherries, sweet chocolate, black pepper, and saffron, with a long mineral post-taste. 2017 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon has a full body with silky tannins and a long finish. 

2017 began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear, then cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. By October 4th, all our grapes were happily fermenting in tanks, most of them already pressed and in barrels starting malolactic fermentation

2017 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon won a Double Gold medal along with “Wine Of The Year By Varietal” at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec

2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec by Cuvelier Los Andes from Argentina comes with 13.5% ABV. With Malbec, Cuvelier Los Andes offers the distinctive flavors and purest expressions of the emblematic varietal of Argentina. 2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec is intense red in color with violet reflections. On the nose, this wine has complex and mineral notes of prunes, white pepper, and marmalade. 2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec is balanced and soft in the mouth with round tannins and a long finish.

2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec is very attractive with balanced acidity, medium body with strong notes of fruit, and very good aging potential

2016 Cuvelier Los Andes / Malbec won a Double Gold medal along with “Wine Of The Year By Country,” “Wine Of The Year By The Glass,” “Red Wine Of The Year By The Glass” at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2015 Doña Silvina Reserva Malbec

2015 Doña Silvina Reserva Malbec by Bodegas Krontiras from Argentina is a dry, bold, smooth, soft  Malbec. This wine has notes of oak, vanilla, chocolate, blackberry, darfruit, pepper, licorice, mint. 2015 Doña Silvina Reserva Malbec goes well with beef, lamb, poultry.

2015 Doña Silvina Reserva Malbec won a Double Gold at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.

2019 Sin Banderas

2019 Sin Banderas by Sin Banderas Wines from the United States is a blend of 40%Grenache / 30%Mourvèdre, 23% Syrah / 7%Cinsault. With 13% ABV, 2019 Sin Banderas is aged for 6 months in steel drums. The appellation of this wine is 100% Yakima Valley Vineyards.

2019 Sin Banderas is a dry & fruity wine is comprised of syrah, mourvèdre, cinsault, and grenache. This delicately off-dry rose is both sly and playful. Delicate pink hues are complimented generously by aromas of strawberry and tropical fruits. The palate opens with a shy tartness that evolves into a fruity yet florally forward rich experience, followed by a crisp and clean finish. 

2015 Doña Silvina Reserva Malbec won a Double Gold at the Sommeliers Choice Awards held on Aug 12, 2020.