CORNVILLE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wines from Page Springs Cellars and Burning Tree Cellars, two Arizona wineries, have been recognized with 90-point scores by Wine Spectator. They are the first of any Arizona wines to receive scores that exceed 89 points.
“We’ve been dealt our share of challenges as winegrowers in Arizona – both in the uncharacteristically unique trials of the land and climate, to overcoming and winning over perceptions of Arizona as a winemaking region at all.”
Each of the two Arizona wines recognized, the 2010 Page Springs Cellars Colibri Syrah, Clone 174 and 2010 Burning Tree Cellars Colibri Syrah, Clone 99, received an “outstanding” score from James Molsworth, Senior Editor at Wine Spectator, in a blind tasting. He called the Page Springs Cellars Syrah “Sleek and pure, fresh and driven overall” and said “Ripe, sleek and focused, with a well-embedded acidity” of the Burning Tree Syrah.
Both of the 90-point Arizona wines were made from grapes grown on the Colibri Vineyard in southern Arizona and blended, bottled and cellared at Page Springs Cellars in Cornville, Arizona.
Corey Turnbull, co-owner of Burning Tree Cellars, said, “It’s pretty remarkable that two unique wines made by completely separate labels were brought back together by the vineyard that their fruit came from. Colibri gives its fruit a distinct character that has had an undeniable hand in helping us reach our 90 points. We’re very honored to be one of the first for Arizona wine, but there are certainly more to come.”
Eric Glomski, Owner and Head Winemaker at Page Springs Cellars, commented, “We’ve been dealt our share of challenges as winegrowers in Arizona – both in the uncharacteristically unique trials of the land and climate, to overcoming and winning over perceptions of Arizona as a winemaking region at all.” Glomski continued, “We’re so proud of the wine industry here in Arizona, and are more than thrilled to be producing the caliber of wines that we always knew was possible. These scores came as a result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people, but ultimately this is a triumph for Arizona.”
Glomski manages the Colibri Vineyard, which has become a labor of love for the winemaker since he took over in 2011. The vineyard’s harvest was destroyed by a wildfire in 2011, and has also suffered losses from frosts and freezes. Glomski is currently in the process of purchasing the property and is very optimistic about the upcoming vintage.
With both award-winning wines sold out, Page Springs Cellars has opened up pre-orders of the 2012 vintage for both syrahs. Bottles will be available for sale online for $50 per bottle, for a limited time. Page Springs Cellars Wine Club Members will have the ability to reserve bottles first, and any remaining inventory will go on sale to the public on August 2.
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