Northwest wines shine at Sonoma’s Grand Harvest Awards competition

By on November 30, 2013

Scott Williams is the winemaker at Kiona Vineyards and Winery on Red Mountain in Washington state.

Scott Williams is the second-generation winemaker at Kiona Vineyards & Winery. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Kiona Vineyards and Winery on Washington’s Red Mountain received a best-of-class award and three gold medals to lead the contingent of Pacific Northwest entries at the 2013 Grand Harvest Awards, one of the calendar year’s final wine competitions.

grand-harvest-awards-logoFive Northwest wines earned double gold or best of class at the judging staged by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Judges awarded Kiona winemaker Scott Williams a best of class for his 2012 Ice Wine made with Chenin Blanc. The Benton City winery also received gold medals at the Sonoma competition for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Late Harvest Riesling.

Basalt Cellars of Clarkston, Wash., garnered best of class and double gold for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Gamache Vintners of Prosser, Wash., received a best of class and double gold with its 2009 Nicholas, an estate blend of Bordeaux varieties. Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash., earned a best of class and double gold for its 2012 Moscato di Canelli. Olympic Cellars of Port Angeles, Wash., picked up a best of class and double gold for its 2009 Boushey Vineyard Petit Verdot.

The Grand Harvest Awards, founded by Bill Moffett, features breakout sections for studies on terroir that make the competition unique. Wines are categorized and judged within their specific American Viticultural Area. After the wines are scored, the judges compare the commonalities of that flight. 

The competition drew 1,050 entries from throughout North America. Judges awarded a total of 53 best of class, 25 double gold, 139 gold and 433 silver medals. Thirteen wineries from the Pacific Northwest produced gold medals.

Double gold/Best of Class

Basalt Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Gamache Vintners 2009 Nicolas, Columbia Valley, $55

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2012 Ice Wine, Red Mountain, $25

Maryhill Winery 2012 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley, $12

Olympic Cellars 2009 Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $32

Gold

AniChe Cellars 2010 Moth Love, Rattlesnake Hills, $34

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Sovereign Opal, Okanagan Valley, $15

Delfino Vineyards 2011 Dolcetto, Umpqua Valley, $23

Harbinger Winery 2009 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $28

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $42

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15

Olympic Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $26

Piluso Vineyard and Winery 2011 Blanc de Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Sleeping Dog Wines 2011 Montepulciano, Yakima Valley, $30

Wayne Gretzky 2012 Okanagan No. 99 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $16

Silver

AniChe Cellars 2010 Atticus Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $34

AniChe Cellars 2010 Goat Boy, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

AniChe Cellars 2011 Lizzy, Rattlesnake Hills, $22

AniChe Cellars 2012 Come & Go, Yakima Valley, $18

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $14.99

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Syrillo, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $22

Delfino Vineyards 2011 Mezzo Mezzo, Umpqua Valley, $26

Delfino Vineyards 2012 Muller Thurgau, Umpqua Valley, $17

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $18

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Ruah, Wahluke Slope, $20

Fries Family Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $12

Fries Family Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $12

Gamache Vintners 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Gamache Vintners 2010 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $55

Harbinger Winery 2010 Bolero, Rattlesnake Hills, $27

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2011 Dry Riesling, Red Mountain, $15

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $32

Ledger David Cellars 2012 Priman’s Chenin Blancm Rogue Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Maryhill Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $14

Maryhill Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $12

Maryhill Winery 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Maryhill Winery 2012 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley, $10

Oak Knoll Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $10

Oak Knoll Winery 2011 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $10

Oak Knoll Winery 2012 Pinot Grigio, Willamette Valley, $14

Olympic Cellars 2011 Barn Nouveau, Washington, $17

Peller Estates 2012 Okanagan Family Select Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $13

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2010 Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Skylite Cellars 2009 Bordeaux Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $47

Skylite Cellars 2009 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $30

Sleeping Dog Wines 2005 Merlot, Yakima Valley, $21

Sleeping Dog Wines 2010 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

Wayne Gretzky 2012 Okanagan No. 99 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley, $16

Bronze

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2009 Petite Sirah, Rogue Valley, $32

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2011 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2011 Agate Ridge Vineyard Primitivo, Rogue Valley, $25

Agate Ridge Vineyard Ridge Rock Red 2011 Rogue Valley, $19

AniChe Cellars 2010 Tyger, Horse Heaven Hills, $48

AniChe Cellars 2011 Sirius, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Basalt Cellars 2009 Penmeter, Columbia Valley, $30

Calona Vineyards 2011 Artist Series Cabernet Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $15

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $15

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $15

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Syrillo, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $18

Duck Pond Cellars 2010 Fries Family Cellars Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Foxy Roxy Wines 2010 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $20

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Washington, $15

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2012 Riesling, Washington, $12

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Malbec, Lake Chelan, $35

Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Rose, Lake Chelan, $15

Ledger David Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Ledger David Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $28

Maryhill Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $10

Maryhill Winery 2012 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $12

Oak Knoll Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $18

Peller Estates 2012 Okanagan Family Select Cabernet Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $15

Peller Estates 2012 Okanagan Family Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $12.99

Pend d’Oreille 2010 ReserveP rimitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2011 Meyer Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $30

Piluso Vineyard and Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Skylite Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Wayne Gretzky 2012 Okanagan No. 99 Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $18

Wayne Gretzky 2012 Okanagan No. 99 Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $18

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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