New York State entries took six major honors in the 16th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational, a field limited to wines invited to enter the competition based primarily on previous competition results. New York products this year took six Jefferson Cup Awards, seven JC Nominee designations, and 36 Excellence designations in the recent event, held in Prairie Village, Kansas.
According to competition director Doug Frost, “The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered our Constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights, and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary — including wine — and agricultural history. … We wish to notify the wine-drinking public that we believe these wines to be prime examples of American agriculture as expressed in wine.”
Wines remaining after the judging are being donated to Angel Flight Central. The organization, founded in August 1995 as Wings Over Mid-America, supplies needy children and adults with free air transportation to medical facilities. With the help of more than 400 volunteer pilots, more than 8 million miles have been flown to transport more than 22,000 passengers. A public gala is held in conjunction with the competition. Ticket and donation revenues have raised more than $80,000 in each of the past several years.
Two Jefferson Cup Awards, similar to a “sweepstakes round” finalist in other competitions, went to Wagner Vineyards wines — a 2014 Finger Lakes Riesling Caywood East and a 2013 Finger Lakes Riesling Select. Other wineries with one each were Dr. Konstantin Frank’s 2014 Finger Lakes Gruner Veltliner, Glenora Wine Cellars’ 2014 Finger Lakes Riesling Ice Wine, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars’ 2014 Finger Lakes Riesling Ice Wine, and Sheldrake Point’s 2014 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling,
JC Nominees, which are equivalent to a Double Gold medal (unanimous decision of the judging panel), went to Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s 2013 Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc, Fox Run’s 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling 11 Hanging Delta Vineyard and its 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling 12 Hanging Delta Vineyard, Glenora’s 2014 Riesling, Knapp’s 2014 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, Lakewood’s 2014 Finger Lakes Riesling, and Lamoreaux Landing’s 2009 Finger Lakes Brut.
Excellence ratings, which are equivalent to a Gold model (majority decision of the judging panel), went to Adirondack Winery’s 2014 Baco Noir; Anthony Road’s Devonian Red and its 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling; Belhurst’s 2013 Manitou, its 2014 Dry Rose, and its 2014 Chardonnay; Black Willow’s Depeche Meow; Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, its 2014 Dry Riesling, its 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling, and its 2014 Late Harvest Riesling; Dr. Frank’s 2014 Gewurztraminer, its 2014 Dry Riesling, and its 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling; Fox Run’s 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling and its 2014 Traminette; Glenora’s 2014 Black Diamond Express, its 2014 Chardonnay, and its 2012 Riesling Select Harvest Dalrymple Vineyards; Hunt Country’s 2014 Seyval Blanc; Knapp’s 2013 Lemberger and its 2014 Riesling; Lakewood’s 2014 Lemberger, its 2014 Long Stem Red, its 2014 Pinot Gris, and its 2014 Dry Riesling; Lamoreaux Landing’s 2012 76 West, its 2011 Chardonnay, its 2014 Dry Riesling, its 2014 Riesling (Yellow Dog Vineyard), its 2014 Riesling (Round Rock Vineyard), and its 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling; Sheldrake Point’s 2014 Gewurztraminer and its 2014 Riesling; Wagner’s 2013 Fathom 107 and its 2014 Dry Riesling.