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Welcome to the St.Amant blog and news page. Here you will find the latest news, event activites, and other useful information to better enjoy St.Amant wines.

Nathan Haberkern
 
October 9, 2017 | Nathan Haberkern

National Zinfandel Day Celebration, November 17th - November 19th!

Join us for our first annual celebration of National Zinfandel Day, November 17th - 19th!

Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), has declared November 18th as National Zinfandel Day, both to celebrate the many styles of Zinfandel produced across America, and to raise awareness of Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards. Zinfandel continues to play an essential role in our winery, and we are excited to announce our first annual celebration of National Zinfandel Day! 

Zinfandel remains once of the most important heritage varieties in American wine history. We are blessed to have access to two of these amazing vineyards. Both the the Mohr-Fry Ranch Home Vineyard (76 years old) and Marian's Vineyard (116 years old) are farmed by the Mohr-Fry family, with an intense dedication to quality, and preservation of these heritage vineyards. 

Unfortunately many heritage vineyards are destroyed each year. In the face of increasing threats to these ancient vineyards we are working to raise awareness of the few remaining old vineyards, and help preserve our rich heritage. Read here about the looming destruction of these ancient vineyards. 

We will feature a vertical tasting of both our Mohr-Fry Zinfandel, and our famous Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel. Join us to taste these wonderful wines, and learn how you can help preserve Lodi's Old Vine Zinfandel.

Nathan Haberkern
 
October 9, 2017 | Nathan Haberkern

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo, November 10th - November 12th!

Join us, along with sixteen Lodi wineries to celebrate International Tempranillo Day, November 10th through November 12th, and explore the many interesting styles of Tempranillo.

Come to St. Amant and taste our award winning Tempranillo! Our 2015 Tempranillo features the same delicious fruit, French oak, and rich texture that earned our 2014 vintage the award for "Best Red Wine" at the California State Fair. We will also feature a barrel tasting of our 2016 Tempranillo, and a few of our favorite past vintages including a 2007 Tempranillo!

Visit any one of the participating wineries below to collect a complimentary guidebook and begin your exploration of the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo. You will recieve a raffle entry for every winery you visit, and the raffle winner will recieve a case of Lodi Tempranillo, including many reserve and limited release wines.

List of Participating Wineries

  • Bokisch Vineyards 
  • D’Art Wines
  • Dancing Coyote Wines
  • Dancing Fox Winery
  • Estate Crush Winery
  • Fields Family Wines
  • Heritage Oak Winery
  • m2 Wines
  • McCay Cellars
  • Peirano Estate Vineyards
  • Riaza Wines
  • Ripken Vineyards & Winery
  • St. Amant Winery
  • St. Jorge Winery
  • Toasted Toad Cellars
  • Viaggio Estate & Winery
  • Woodbridge Uncorked
Stuart Spencer
 
June 26, 2017 | Stuart Spencer

Another Award Winning Year for St. Amant!

American Fine Wine Invitational

  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Double Gold
  • 2015 Barbera—Gold
  • 2015 Barbera Rosé—Gold
  • 2014 Bootleg Port—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel—Silver

OC Fair Wine Competition

  • 2015 Barbera—Gold
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Gold
  • 2015 Syrah—Gold
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Gold
  • 2015 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Silver
  • 2015 Touriga—Silver
  • 2016 Verdelho—Silver
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Bronze

LA International Wine Competition

  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Gold, Best of Class
  • 2016 Verdelho—Gold
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Gold
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Gold
  • 2015 Touriga—Gold
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver
  • 2015 Llloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Silver
  • 2015 Syrah—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel—Silver

SF Chronicle Wine Competition

  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Double Gold, Best of Class
  • 2015 Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel—Gold
  • 2014 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Silver
  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Silver
  • 2014 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver

CA State Fair Wine Competition

  • 2015 Marian’s Zinfandel—Gold
  • 2015 Barbera—Silver, Best of Class of Region
  • Lot #9 Tawny Port—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Zinfandel—Silver
  • 2015 Touriga—Silver
  • 2015 Vintage Port—Silver
  • 2015 Tempranillo—Silver
  • 2015 Mohr-Fry Ranch Petite Sirah—Silver
  • 2015 Syrah—Silver
  • 2015 Lloyd Martel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon—Silver
  • 2016 Verdelho—Silver
  • 2015 Souzão—Bronze
  • 2015 Speakeasy Red—Bronze
Time Posted: Jun 26, 2017 at 9:52 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
October 28, 2016 | Stuart Spencer

2016 Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

December 3-4, 2016

Please join us for our Holiday Open House, December 3-4, 2016 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We will be featuring several new wines and have some delicious foods to complement the wines including the infamous Lockeford sausages and my sister's decadent Bootleg Brownies. We've also made it an annual tradition to open a few bottles of aged Vintage Ports. These wines, some dating back to the mid 1980's, are a real treat and absolutely delicious.

Time Posted: Oct 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
July 18, 2016 | Stuart Spencer

2016 Wine Awards

St.Amant 2016 Awards

California State Fair

2014 Tempranillo: Double Gold Medal, Best of Show Red

2014 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Silver Medal

2014 Souzão: Silver Medal

2014 Syrah: Silver Medal

2014 Touriga: Silver Medal

2015 Verdelho: Silver Medal

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

 

Orange County Fair

2015 Verdelho: Four Star Gold Medal

2014 Souzão: Gold Medal

2014 Touriga: Gold Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Gold Medal

2014 Barbera: Silver Medal

2014 Syrah: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Bronze Medal

 

LA International Wine Competition

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Gold Medal

2014 Souzão: Gold Medal

2014 Syrah: Gold Medal

2014 Bootleg Port: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Tempranillo: Silver Medal

2014 Touriga: Silver Medal

2015 Verdelho: Silver Medal

2014 Barbera: Bronze Medal

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2014 Barbera: Gold Medal

2013 Tempranillo: Gold Medal

2013 Speakeasy Red: Silver Medal

2014 Mohr-Fry Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Marian’s Old Vine Zin: Silver Medal

2014 Verdelho: Silver Medal

Lot #8 Tawny Port: Silver Medal

2013 Bootleg Port: Bronze Medal

Time Posted: Jul 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
May 10, 2016 | Stuart Spencer

ZinFest Open House

Please join us for our ZinFest Open House this Sunday, May 15, 2016 from Noon - 4pm. The open house is combined with our May wine club party and we will be featuring three new and very limited production wines. Sunday's activities will feature our 2014 Lodi Native Marian's Zin, 2012 Trousseau, and 2014 Touriga. We are also bringing back Wine Chef Tony Lawrence to create some delicious parings to go with the above wines.  Tony is highly regarded for his innovative and out-of-the box creations. It's an event not to be missed!
 

Time Posted: May 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM
Stuart Spencer
 
November 17, 2015 | Stuart Spencer

2015 Harvest & Crush

Harvest & Crush 2015

Early and light! 2015 was the earliest harvest in my memory. We started with our Verdelho on August 12th, and then Tempranillo on August 20th - a whole month earlier than last year.  Our old vine Zins started on August 28th and we finished picking them by September 15th, the usual starting point.  Many ask if the early harvest was due to the drought, but in our experience it was the warm spring coupled with low yields that allowed the grapes to ripen up early.  The vines whole growth cycle was essentially moved up a month.  It’s also interesting to note that we essentially dry-farmed our vineyards in Amador County this year. We gave some of our vines a little water after the September heat spells, but many things had already been picked. 

And the most important point, the quality of the young wines looks to be outstanding.   We saw some of the darkest and most aromatic wines from this year’s harvest.  That may be drought related, and could be yield related as well, but that’s part of the mystery. Unfortunately, for us as farmers the yields were pretty low this year. We had some blocks that came in about 1/3 of last year, and others hovered around 50% of normal. Fortunately, the Zins were up a bit after 2014’s dismal yields.  But that is farming, and that is winemaking, and that is what makes it fun and interesting. 

Time Posted: Nov 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
November 4, 2015 | Stuart Spencer

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House 

December 5-6, 2015

Please join us for our Holiday Open House, December 5-6, 2015 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We will be featuring several new wines and have some delicious foods to complement the wines including the infamous Lockeford sausages and my sister's decadent Bootleg Brownies. We've also made it an annual tradition to open a few bottles of aged Vintage Ports. These wines, some dating back to the mid 1980's, are a real treat and absolutely delicious.
 

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
October 8, 2015 | Stuart Spencer

2015 Awards

St.Amant 2015 Awards

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


Gold Medal – 2013 Verdelho
Gold Medal – 2013 Barbera
Gold Medal – 2012 Tempranillo
Silver Medal – 2012 Vintage Port
Silver Medal – 2012 Bootleg Port
Bronze Medal – 2013 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel

Orange County Wine Competiton

4 Star Gold Medal – 2013 Tempranillo
Gold Medal – 2014 Barbera Rose
Gold Medal – 2013 Touriga
Gold Medal – 2013 Souzao
Gold Medal – 2012 Vintage Port
Gold Medal – 2013 Bootleg Port
Silver Medal – 2013 Barbera
Bronze Medal – 2014 Verdelho
Bronze Medal - 2013 Speakeasy Red

California State Fair

Double Gold Medal (Best of California Port) – 2013 Bootleg Port
Gold Medal – 2012 Vintage Port
Silver Medal (Best of Class of Region) – 2013 Souzao
Silver Medal (Best of Class of Region) – 2013 Speakeasy Red
Silver Medal – 2014 Verdelho
Silver Medal – 2013 Tempranillo
Silver Medal – Syrah
Silver Medal – Tawny Port
Bronze Medal – 2013 Marian’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel
Bronze Medal – 2013 Barbera
Bronze Medal – 2013 Touriga

 

 

Time Posted: Oct 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM
Stuart Spencer
 
February 5, 2015 | Stuart Spencer

St.Amant Scores at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

St.Amant won a trio of Gold Medals at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition held in early January. Below are the award winning wines.

2013 Verdelho - Gold Medal
2013 Barbera - Gold Medal
2012 Tempranillo - Gold Medal
2012 Vintage Port - Silver Medal
2012 Bootleg Port - Silver Medal
2013 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinandel

St.Amant has also been blessed with some good recent press.

Cliff Brown's Wine Picks recently reviewed our 2012 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel and recognized it as his "Wine of the Week" giving it a score of 91 points. Cliff's Review -
"The wine is a ruby to garnet color.  The enticing nose has brambly berries, warm baking spices, dusty minerals, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, dried flowers and a touch of subtle earthiness.  This has a fairly full body with soft to moderate tannins and good acidity.  The spicy, brambly berries coat the palate on the front end with dusty minerals, black pepper and dark chocolate coming in later.  The finish has nice length with a nice floral note and subtle earthiness joining the berries and spice.  This is a very easy wine to enjoy now and over the next couple of years.  (91 pts)"

Alder Yarrow writing for Jancis Robinson's website recently wrote a very complimentary article on our Lodi Native Zinfandel project that we are involved in. He called the Lodi Native project, "One of the most exciting things to happen to California wine in years."

He also reviewed our 2012 Marian's Vineyard Lodi Native Zinfandel
"Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of candied cherries, candied plum, and cola. In the mouth, cherry cola, candied plum, and wonderfully juicy strawberry flavours have a faint and charming sweetness to them, while suede-like tannins add grip to the palate. Quite juicy thanks to excellent acidity. Delicious. 17.5"

Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points - 2012 Marian's Vineyard's Lodi Native Old Vine Zinfandel
Not a fruit bomb, it’s suave and complex. Aged in neutral oak, this limited-production wine shows baking spices in aroma, a smooth, lush texture and good concentration. Plum and blackberry flavors are layered, sophisticated and linger on the finish. It’s full-bodied, but has enough tannin and acidity to balance out the richness."

Time Posted: Feb 5, 2015 at 3:34 PM