Black Mesa Winery shines in competition

Black Mesa Winery in Velarde received top honors at the 15th Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition held Nov. 20-21, The Taos News reported.

Three of its wines placed in the top 95 in the competition, two of which were given the competition’s top award.

The competition had more than 700 wine submissions from the 26 states that were invited to participate in the 2014 event. This year is the first time a New Mexico winery was invited to the competition, according to a news release.

Awards in the top 95 category are the equivalent of Double Gold medals in other competitions. Black Mesa’s winning wines were the 2012 Burd Vineyard Montepulciano, the 2011 New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon, and its Cosecha Ultima — a late-harvest dessert wine made with grapes from the Las Parras Vineyard in Abiquiú.

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cosecha Ultima also were chosen for the competition’s highest award, the Jefferson Cup. The fourth submission, the 2011 Coyote, received the Jefferson Cup Award of Merit.

Black Mesa 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 for its Antelope in one of the largest U.S. competitions, which had more than 4,000 entries.

The New Mexican