The revamped Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s oldest winery, took top honors at last weekend’s Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association competition, named Best of Show for its 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve.
It was the second major award for Boordy’s first vintage of red wines from an extensive and expensive replanting project that began eight years ago. Boordy’s 2010 Landmark Reserve, a Bordeaux-styled red blend, won the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup.
“Cab franc is a rewarding variety to work with; it seems pleased to be in our vineyards,” Boordy owner Rob Deford said in an e-mail. “I couldn’t have asked for a more ringing endorsement of the commitment we made in 2005 to initiate our Landmark Project, which has included huge investments in our vineyards, in new winemaking equipment, and is culminating in the construction of a new winery to be completed this September.”
This was the ninth annual competition held by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association to showcase the rise in viticulture in the eastern United States. It was also the largest, with 588 wines entered from 116 wineries in 12 states, according to association president Carl Brandhorst.
Twenty judges (including this writer) spent the weekend at the Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, sniffing, swirling and sipping through the wines. They awarded 62 gold, 174 silver and 221 bronze medals, totals that reflect the high overall quality of winemaking. A final sweepstakes round of Best of Category gold-medal winners led to the selection of the Boordy cabernet franc as Best of Show.
A complete list of the 2013 medal winners can be found at www.aswawines.org.