One of the Fresno State Winery’s most popular wines, the 2013 Touriga, is nearly sold out after winning several recent awards.
Last week, the 2013 vintage earned a silver medal from Sunset magazine’s 2016 International Wine Competition.
Earlier in the spring it won gold medals at the 2016 Pacific Rim Wine Competition and San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition, as well as a best of class award at the Pacific Rim event. It also claimed a silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Bottled in April 2015, only 23 cases of the 2013 variety remain. Wine lovers can buy it at the Gibson Farm Market for $12.95 a bottle or larger quantities through the Fresno State Winery starting next week (www.FresnoStateWines.com, 559.278.4867).
After the 2013 Touriga sells out, the next bottling from this summer’s crush will be available in fall 2017.
“Touriga, commonly known as Touriga Nacional, is considered to be Portugal’s finest red wine varietal and is commonly used to make Port,” said Kevin Smith, Fresno State Winery business and marketing manager and enology lecturer. “The Fresno State Touriga has smooth tannins, great structure and concentrated dark berry flavors.”
The awards were among 17 honors the Fresno State Winery received this year.
In May, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon claimed a silver medal at the L.A. International Wine Competition.
In the Pacific Rim Wine Competition in Orange County in April, the 2013 Muscat earned a silver medal, and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Syrah received bronze medals.
In the San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition in Kingsburg in March, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Petite Sirah earned bronze medals.
At the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in February the winery claimed seven honors, including a gold medal for its 2012 Merlot. Two other wines claimed silver medals — the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Barbera. Three other wines received bronze medals — the 2013 Pinot Gris, 2008 Syrah and Uva Doce.
In The Fresno Bee people’s choice poll, the Fresno State Winery also repeated as the top-rated winery.
The Fresno State Winery staff and students make wines from grapes harvested primarily from the campus and Central Valley. Its online wine store currently offers 16 varieties of red, white, blush and specialty wines.
Fresno State’s viticulture and enology program in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was the nation’s first bonded commercial winery to operate on a university campus. Fresno State wines have won more than 600 awards since the license was obtained in 1997. For more information, visit: Department of Viticulture and Enology .