Dandelion Vineyards have won 5 Gold and a Platinum award at the 2-14 San Diego International Wine Competition. The Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2012 won the Platinum award: "This is an expensive wine with a rather weighty name as well, so you might wonder whether it can live up to its advance billing. In terms of sheer assertiveness of flavor, one could hardly ask for more, as the slightly stewed flavor notes show both red and black fruit tones. Interestingly - and admirably - the wood is not remotely obtrusive, which shows very good judgment in letting the fruit shine from center stage. Tannins are sufficiently prominent to lend needed structure to the ripe fruit, but there’s nothing astringent or overly gripping about their impact on the wine’s finish. Pair with meat dishes treated with a spicy rub."
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