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  • The grapes of math

    EdenVale '07 Merlot scores a 99 at Bay Area competition
  • Local wineries scored well in the San Francisco International Wine Competition, which drew more than 4,500 entrants this month.
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  • Local wineries scored well in the San Francisco International Wine Competition, which drew more than 4,500 entrants this month.
    EdenVale Winery's 2007 Reserve Merlot, due to be released this week, picked up a double-gold award, with a judges' score of 99.
    It is the second year in a row the winery, just south of Medford, has finished in the money with a merlot entry. EdenVale's first merlot, the 2006 vintage, claimed a silver medal in the 2013 American Wine Society competition.
    "This is the first time we entered the 2007 in competition," said wine sales manager Misty Santos. "We don't enter every competition, but we will probably enter this in other competitions. We're super-proud of this award, I don't believe we've had a 99 before — but you don't always see the score."
    EdenVale, which operates tasting rooms both at the Voorhies Mansion and in Ashland, medaled with its 2011 Midsummer's Cuvee, a viognier blend. Prior to this summer, the winery's best performance in the San Francisco International competition was a pair of bronze medals for its 2004 Tempranillo and 2005 Syrah three years ago.
    EdenVale's Syrah has been a consistent performer in competitions, winning multiple awards in previous rounds going back to 2007.
    "Syrah and viognier grapes grow really well in Southern Oregon," Santos said.
    Cliff Creek Cellars picked up a gold medal for its 2008 Syrah, took silver for its 2008 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Merlot, while claiming a bronze with its 2008 Claret.
    Kriselle Cellars earned silver medals for its 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Viognier and 2011 Di 'Tani Red Blend. The Sams Valley winery earned bronzes for its 2011 Tempranillo, 2011 Malbec and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.
    South Stage Cellars earned a silver medal for its 2012 Dolcetto and a bronze with its 2012 Merlot.
    Umpqua Valley wineries Abacela Vineyards, Spangler Vineyards and Wild Rose Winery also produced medal vintages.
    Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregMTBusiness, friend him on Facebook and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/EconomicEdge.
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