March 11th – Ammon’s Horn Wines, newcomer to the Pinot scene, is sweeping up wins at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This upstart Pinot Noir producer is located in the prestigious Carneros region of Napa. They have just received the Packaging Sweepstakes Winner award for their stunning label, designed by Julia Allen of Folia Design. This award is to recognize the top candidate in the label competition of the event. Over 1000 wineries (and 5700 wines) were submitted to the SF Chronicle 2021 competition.
This new brand submitted their four wines to the competition, resulting in a Double Gold Medal on their 2018 Clone 667 Pinot Noir, two Gold medals for their 2018 Clone 777 Pinot Noir and the 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, and one Silver medal including a Sweepstakes-winning label design for their 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir.
The owners for Ammon’s Horn Wines, Linda McGlochlin Wolff and Roger Wolff, are also the on-site grape growers. For this geologist and her husband, the spiral of the ammonite fossil is symbolic of ram’s horns and the Carneros Appellation. Ammonites became extinct 66 million years ago when a 7.5-mile-wide asteroid slammed into the earth killing 75 percent of the species on the planet. Since 2005, the owners have sold their grapes to several different well-known wineries in the Napa Valley, which have produced many award-winning Pinot Noir wines. Ammon’s Horn Wines is the owners’ new venture in producing estate wines, rather than selling their grapes to other local wineries. Their Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Sparkling Rosé will be making their début this summer.