A Four Star Gold Medal Award indicates that the wine recieved a gold medal recommendation from four judges on a panel. Since this is not a "consensus judging", i.e. the judges do not confer among themselves to determine what award they will make, but arrive at their recommendaton individually, a rare occurrence indeed. This year, out of a total of 2,313 entries, only 23 wines received this prestigious honor. We are proud our 2011 Zinfandel was one of them!