The Harvest Challenge is a unique wine competition where a group of wines are judged based on region, competing with vineyards belonging to the same appellation, sharing the same climate, soil characteristics, and grapes.
"Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality," their website states. "According to Harvest Challenge spokesman, Christopher Sawyer, 'The Harvest Challenge is a judge’s dream come true. Beyond varietal category and price point, this one-of-a-kind competition is based on appellation instead of mass-production. The end result is more definition of the wines made with grapes inside the boundaries of a specific viticultural area and distinct flavors that have helped wines rise to the top of the scale in the global marketplace.'"
Chacewater's 2017 Sauvignon Blanc pulled in the top awards for its category, boasting Best of Lake County AVA, Best of Class, and Gold. Certified organic by CCOF, the Sauvignon Blanc is clean, fresh, and herbal. Very fragrant with grapefruit and gooseberry, the acidity is crisp, steely and loaded with fresh cut herbs.
The 2015 Chacewater Syrah was also well received, earning Gold in the Sierra Foothills competition. Highly extracted with leathery, spicy richness, the Syrah shows blackberry, toasty oak, and beautiful dense color.
Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill is family-owned and operated. The Vineyard was born after a devastating fire cleared the family’s land, inspiring a shift from construction to viticulture. From their first release in 2011, to being named “Golden State Winery of the Year” in 2012, Chacewater has quickly developed a following for their small lot, organic and conventional wines.
View the full 2018 Harvest Challenge results here.