Maryhill Winery winemaker wins top award at Midwest judging

By on August 14, 2013

Maryhill Winery

Richard Batchelor is the head winemaker at Maryhill Winery. He took over in 2009. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash., won “Winemaker of the Year” honors at the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition.

Richard Batchelor, Maryhill’s winemaker, earned the award by winning two best-in-class awards, four double golds, seven golds, 12 silvers and three bronzes.

This is the second consecutive year a Pacific Northwest winery has won the Winemaker of the Year award, with Walter Gehringer of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia, earning the prize in 2012.

Northwest wineries won more than their share of the top medals, including eight best-in-class awards. Gehringer Brothers won two, while College Cellars, Covington Cellars, Kitzke Cellars and Tsillan Cellars also winning the top prizes.

Cougar Crest Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., won a double gold and five gold medals.

Morgan Lee, winemaker for Covington Cellars and Two Vintners, both in Woodinville, Wash., won two double golds and four golds.

This year’s competition drew 1,170 entries.

Here are the complete results:

Double gold/Best in class

College Cellars 2011 Scholarship Red, Columbia Valley

Covington Cellars 2010 Olsen Vineyard Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Signature Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Kitzke Cellars 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Les Collines Vineyards Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Gold/Best in class

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan

Double gold

Barrister Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Dedication Seven, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Minus 9 Ehrenfelser Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Sugarloaf Vineyard Mourvedre, Rattlesnake Hills

Two Vintners 2012 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley

Gold

Cassini Cellars 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Red blend, Walla Walla Valley

Covington Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Covington Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Davenport Cellars 2009 RHD, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Optimum Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Marvell, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Tavola Rosso, Columbia Valley

Nodland Cellars 2009 Avant garde Carménère, Columbia Valley

Nodland Cellars 2008 Private Blend, Columbia Valley

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Reynoso Vineyard Zinfandel, Southern Oregon

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan

Two Vintners 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Two Vintners 2010 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope

White Salmon Vineyard 2005 Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge

Zerba Cellars 2012 Marsanne-Roussanne, Walla Walla Valley

Silver

Cassini Cellars 2009 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus Collection, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2010 The Godfather, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2010 Quattro, Okanagan Valley

College Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

College Cellars 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

College Cellars 2012 Clarke Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley

College Cellars 2012 Scholarship White, Walla Walla Valley

College Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine, Walla Walla Valley

College Cellars 2011 Clarke Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

College Cellars 2011 Clarke Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

College Cellars 2011 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Davenport Cellars 2012 Meritage Blanc, Columbia Valley

Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2011 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer-Schonburger, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet France Signature Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Grizzly Peak Winery 2011 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Monte Caramelle, Columbia Valley

Kitzke Cellars 2012 Rosé, Columbia Valley

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Rivers Bend Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Clifton Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Les Collines Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Northridge Primitivo, Wahluke Slope

Maryhill Winery 2010 Indira, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2012 Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley

Nodland Cellars 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Nodland Cellars 2009 Bad Attitude, Columbia Valley

Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Malbec, Southern Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Claret, Southern Oregon

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan

Wedge Mountain Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

White Salmon Vineyard 2009 Pablo’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Zerba Cellars 2012 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Zerba Cellars 2012 Roussanne, Walla Walla Valley

Zerba Cellars NV Wild White, Walla Walla Valley

Bronze

Barrister Winery 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Cassini Cellars 2010 Maximus Collection, Okanagan Valley

Covington Cellars 2012 Blanc, Columbia Valley

Franklynn Cellars 2011 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Rock Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Auxerroise, Okanagan Valley

Hanson Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Maryhill Winery 2012 Viognier, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars 2011 Semillon, Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Southern Oregon

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Viognier, Southern Oregon

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan

Two Vintners 2012 Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Yakima Valley

Wedge Mountain Winery 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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