WINE EDITOR REVIEWS, AWARDS
Sill Family Vineyard’s très Chardonnay has received numerous awards and rave reviews from Master Sommeliers, Wine Editors, Wine Critics, Wine Aficionados, Chefs and wine lovers, noting comments such as “a true revelation,” “absolutely exceptional,” “a discernibly distinctive Chardonnay that is unmatched by mass-produced alternatives.” “lovely”
March 1, 2017: CWSA awards the Gold Medal to Sill Family Vineyards’ 2014 très Cabernet Sauvignon G3. China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) is long renowned internationally as the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in all of China. Winning the gold Medal is the highest standard of global acclaim for wine producers, with CWSA Judges carefully selected for buying a staggering 90 million bottles per year. “In the 1950s and 1960s the world economy was transformed by the emergence of the American consumer. Now China is the wine consumption superpower and it has only just begun,” according to The Economist.
October 2016: Noted Wine expert, Deborah Parker Wong, Editor of The Somm Journal and TastingPanel “I enjoyed très Chardonnay, it’s a restrained style with a very limpid, fuller body, very carefully handled fruit with balanced and mineral-driven flavors, and shows just a touch of alcohol as it comes up in temperature a few degrees. Overall, I was charmed by the wine style and expression.”
September 2016: WINE ENTHUSIAST “Made in small quantities, this wine opens in a decadence of gingerbread and graham cracker aromas before a medium-bodied texture supports a supple ripeness of green apple, melon and pear.” excellent
August 2016: Sill Family Vineyards trés Chardonnay Sonoma County, Napa Valley Register
It’s a play of six degrees of separation when it comes to the wines of the Sill Family. Their St. Helena vineyard was planted by vineyard manager Michael Nunez. He learned his mad skills from Justin Meyer (of Silver Oak Cellars fame), who learned a thing or two working with the beloved Brother Timothy. Today, owner and winemaker Igor Sill works with winemaker Eric Hansen to create this mineral-driven chardonnay ($65). While oak barrels are used, the wine is not dominated by oak flavors, but given a rich, creamy texture that carries flavors of guava, pear and the slightest hint of spice in a silky wave across the palate. Much of the fruit is from the Russian River valley. You’ll find this wine on the list at Calistoga’s Solbar among other places, and more information at sillfamilyvineyards.com.
2014 très Chardonnay from Sill Family Vineyards in Sonoma – if you can ever get your paws on a bottle or 20, get them immediately, this is a spectacular chardonnay, SPECTACULAR! and, I’m not a big fan of California Chards. Here’s a review I wrote recently:
“…I was lucky enough to have a bottle of the 2014 très Chardonnay and it was, in a word, spectacular. The tropical fruits were delicious, the acidity perfect, the nose enticing and the viscosity unctuous. I served it with a roasted sablefish rubbed with a cumin, coriander, cayenne, turmeric, ground cardamom paste and topped with a roasted stone fruit salsa of pluots and plums. To quote Frank Sinatra, it went together like love and marriage, like a horse and carriage. The tropical fruits complemented the roasted stone fruits and accented the spiciness of the rub so seamlessly, you’d have thought the wine was made for that dish. With a long finish, this wine is elegant and silky and balanced and leaves you wanting more. I know I do…!”
PRESS RELEASES, ANNOUNCEMENTS
October 10, 2016 SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)
Montecito’s Lucky’s Selects Premier Cru très Chardonnay from Sill Family Vineyard
Lucky’s is probably Montecito’s most-beloved, prized and famed dinner spot. This happening place is where to go for catching up with friends, making new ones and mingling with local, as well as Hollywood weekend celebrities. The social atmosphere is amazing, ensuring that diners are privy to the best meals paired with exceptional wines and served in an upscale Hollywood décor as part of its 1930s retro allure. Lucky’s wine list is extensive, exclusive and selective on hard to find, rare bottlings.
Montecito resident and Napa winemaker, Igor Sill, was recently selected as the newest addition with his 2014 très Chardonnay into the exclusive wine menu, adding an elegant pairing to Lucky’s fresh seafood offerings. Lucky’s is famed for its fresh, seasonal abalone dishes, served pan-fried with a luscious Chardonnay-butter sauce.
“We’re excited to share the très Chardonnay experience with Lucky’s patrons. We hope that this ‘taste of Premier Cru Chardonnay’ will be paired with Lucky’s exceptional Dover Sole Meunière with maitre d’ butter, or their delicious grilled king salmon. To quote Frank Sinatra, it goes together like love and marriage, like a horse and carriage.”
Sill Family Vineyard’s très Chardonnay has received rave reviews from Wine Editors, Sommeliers, Chefs and wine lovers, noting comments such as “a true revelation,” “absolutely exceptional,” “a discernibly distinctive Chardonnay that is unmatched by mass-produced alternatives.” “When grown in the cool, clayish volcanic chalk soils around the sleepy Sonoma town of Sebastopol, our très Chardonnay is transformed into one of the world’s most celebrated and distinctive Burgundian-styled Premier Cru Chablis wines. The result provides a crisp citrus character, floral lift with seductive aromas, brioche and subtle and retains a fresh minerality,” said Winemaker, Igor Sill. “Striving for finesse rather than overflowing power, this Chardonnay exudes a silky delicate texture and finishes with a longing desire for a second glass.” You’ll find this wine on the menu at Lucky’s on Coast Village Road in Montecito, CA and numerous other exclusive dining establishments.
Some wines are worth remembering, a rare few are unforgettable
October 17, 2016 ST. HELENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)
SILL FAMILY ACQUIRES ATLAS PEAK’S ARDENTE ESTATE WINERY
St. Helena, California-based Sill Family Vineyards has completed the purchase of the Ardente Estate Winery, an Atlas Peak AVA, Napa winery whose high-ranking Cabernet Sauvignon have achieved notable accolades and top awards among California’s finest premier Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The property consists of 24.4 acres of natural splendor set within the fabled Atlas Peak Appellation.
“The complex influences that result in our wine’s unique characteristics are embodied in the concept of “terroir,” a term that aptly captures the elements of soil, slopes, climate, placement of vines, environmental and cultural influences in producing wine. We are thrilled to have secured this truly magical vineyard. It’s the domain of some incredibly great Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards.” said Igor Sill, vintner and winemaker at Sill Family Vineyards.
“These mountain vineyards are much more difficult to farm, harder to establish and they provide lower grape yield. These hillsides are steeper, rockier with better water drainage than those on the valley floor. Mountain vineyards tend to produce smaller grapes with relatively less juice, but with far greater skin tannins. A wine’s color, its tannin and flavors comes from the skin, so mountain vineyards tend to produce more intense, deeply colored and more complex, balanced wines.” Sill said.
“Our growing season tends to be considerably longer than Valley floor vineyards. Though the mountains are slightly cooler during the day, we receive more early sun because we’re above the fog. In the afternoon, the Valley floor heat begins to drift up the hillsides. We get more structure, more notes, more balance, more depth and complexity that you taste from these mountain grapes. There’s intensity to the fruit as they mature more slowly and age much more gracefully than valley floor wines.”
“Our purchase of Ardente Estate Winery, with its great mountain wines and incredible history, will provide our customers with old world style, exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux style wines.” Sill said.