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Catoctin Cabernet Franc Takes Best in Show

The 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc from Catoctin Breeze Vineyard won Best in Show at the 2019 Comptroller’s Cup competition.

By Grow & Fortify
Following the success of its 2016 Cabernet Franc, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont has won the 2019 Comptroller’s Cup with its 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc. Standing out from 165 competing wines from 31 wineries, this Cabernet Franc took top honors in its own style category before being selected as “Best in Show.”

“We feel incredibly honored to have won the Comptroller’s Cup again,” says Voytek Fizyta, Partner at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard. “Being recognized two years in a row with our Estate Cabernet Franc leaves us very proud and humbled, especially when there are so many great producers here in Maryland.”

Other high honors were awarded to wines that earned the “Best in Class” designation. These winning entries are indicative of the quality wines being produced in Maryland and showcase the care and intent of the state’s wine makers.

Fizyta said, “this 2017 Cabernet Franc truly started in the vineyard and is a representation of a great growing season in harmony with our goal to produce high quality terroir-driven wines. It was produced with minimal intervention and our unique cellar practices.”

 

 

The 2019 Comptroller’s Cup Competition was hosted in Towson on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Each year, wineries from throughout Maryland submit wines for review by a panel of judges. Local radio and television host, Al Spoler of WYPR’s Cellar Notes directs the competition.

Prize Winners

BEST IN SHOW

Comptroller’s Cup: Catoctin Breeze Vineyards • Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

 BEST IN CLASS

White: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards • Legacy 2017

White Blend: Big Cork Vineyards • Russian Kiss 2018

Big Cork Vineyard’s 2018 French Kiss won best in class for white blends. Pictured, a bottle from the 2017 vintage.

Rosé: Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chaptico Rosé

Red: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

Red Blend: Port of Leonardtown Winery • Captain’s Table 2016

Off-Dry: Big Cork Vineyards • Vidal Blanc 2018

Sweet: Far Eastern Shore Winery • Ruby NV

Dessert: Janemark Winery & Vineyard • Sweet Heidi 2017

Mead Blend: Loew Vineyards • Honey & Grape NV

Fruit: Red Heifer Winery • Blueberry NV

GOLD MEDALS

Big Cork Vineyards • Black Label Vintner Select Cabernet Franc 2016

Big Cork Vineyards • Cabernet Franc 201

Big Cork Vineyards • Meritage 2017

Big Cork Vineyards • Muscat Cannelli 2018

Big Cork Vineyards • Russian Kiss 2018

Big Cork Vineyards • Russian Kiss 2017

Big Cork Vineyards • Saignee Rosé 2018

Big Cork Vineyards • Vidal Blanc 2018

Boordy Vineyards • Chardonnay 2017

Cabin Vineyard • Cabin Vineyard Red 2016

Cabin Vineyard • Guest 2014

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

Crow Vineyard & Winery • Crow Club Select NV

Far Eastern Shore Winery • Ruby NV

Janemark Winery & Vineyard • Sweet Heidi 2017

Knob Hall Winery • Prestige 2015

Loew Vineyards • Honey & Grape NV

Port of Leonardtown Winery • Captain’s Table 2016

Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chaptico Rosé

Port of Leonardtown Winery • Red Lot 16 NV

Red Heifer Winery • Blueberry NV

Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards • Legacy 2017

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Comus 2016

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Pinot Grigio 2017

 

See the entire list of medalists on MarylandWine.com.

 

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