Black Mesa Winery Wins Top Honors At Jefferson Cup Wine Competition – A First For New Mexico Wines


Black Mesa Winery in Velarde has received top honors at the 15th Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. This year is the first time a New Mexico Winery was invited to the competition.

Black Mesa’s winning wines were the 2012 Burd Vineyard Montepulciano, the 2011 New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cosecha Ultima, a late harvest dessert wine made with grapes from the Las Parras Vineyard in Abiquiu. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cosecha Ultima also were chosen for the competition’s highest award, the Jefferson Cup. Their fourth submission, the 2011 Coyote, received the Jefferson Cup Award of Merit.

More than 700 wine submissions were entered in the competition from 26 states invited to participate. Awards in the top 95 category are the equivalent of Double Gold medals in other competitions.

Black Mesa Winery has received notable awards in other recent international competitions, receiving multiple “Best in Show”, “Best in Class”, “Platinum” and “Diamond” awards, as well as numerous Double Golds. This includes a “Best in Bordeaux Blend Class” (perennially one of the largest classes in any competition) for their Antelope, in one of the largest U.S. competitions with more than 4000 entries.

The Jefferson Cup competition is an invitation only event that honors the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions. It has been referred to as the “Olympics” of wine competitions and wineries invited to participate exemplify top viticulture and winemaking throughout America. At the end of the 2014 Jefferson Cup competition, founder Doug Frost, a world renowned sommelier, commented that the Jefferson Cup award winners, “… represent some of the most compelling wines made in America.”

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