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The Virginia Wineries Association’s 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winner is…

Barboursville 2009 Octagon


Congratulations to Luca and the entire Barboursville team — very well done!

The 2013 competition marks the 31st Virginia Governor’s Cup and the second year of the new format under the leadership of head judge Jay Youmans, MW (see my interview with Jay about the new Governor’s Cup competition format, here).

Barboursville’s Octagon received the highest total score of the twenty 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists that were announced last week:

By my count, 18 reds, one white and one sparkling wine received gold medals this year. Bordeaux styled red blends dominated this year’s top scores with ten gold medals, followed by eight Meritages, five Cabernet Francs, two Petit Verdots, and one Cabernet Sauvignon. One Chardonnay represented the whites.

Interesting — and not surprising to some — not one Viognier in the bunch. Last year, at least Viognier made a cameo appearance on the gold medal podium in the Tarara Honah Lee White blend. What does the lack of gold mean for Virginia’s Signature Grape. (I have a post forthcoming about this based on discussion with judges.)

Along with the other 11 highest scored wines in this year’s competition, Octagon will be part of the ‘Virginia Governor’s Case,’ which will be used to showcase and promote Virginia’s top wines to wine media over the next year.

The 2013 Virginia Governor’s Case includes:

For reference — Each wine was evaluated based on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality, and commercial suitability and scored as follows:

Medals were awarded based on the following average of scores:

  • Gold Medal – Outstanding/Classic, 90-100 points
  • Silver Medal – Very Good, 85-89 points
  • Bronze Medal – Good, 80-84 points

A big congratulations on all the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup medalists!