New Mexico’s oldest winery continues to stay current with new wines and new accolades.
La Chiripada Winery & Vineyard was awarded gold for its Cabernet Reserve and silver for its Vintners Reserve red blend at the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition in November. The winery participated in the competition for the first time in 2018 and won a silver medal for its port.
“Our cabernet, it’s always been one of our more popular wines,” said Nathan Johnson, La Chiripada’s primary winemaker. “We age it in oak for two years. This year, we did something different. We blended a little bit of our other premium grapes. We blended 10% tempranillo and 10% petit sirah just to give it an extra boost in the structure and complexity, and we built in a little more fruit quality as well.”