Washington wine tops San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

By on January 10, 2014

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2014 results are in.

More than 5,800 wines were entered in the 30th San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held this week in the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale, Calif.

CLOVERDALE, Calif – Barnard Griffin is back on top. The Richland, Wash., winery won best rosé of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese.

Owner/winemaker Rob Griffin has won a gold medal or better in eight of the last nine Chronicle competitions. Last year was the only exception, when his 2012 rosé earned a silver medal. The 2013 edition, which will be released in mid-February, also won a unanimous double gold medal from the panel of professional judges.

“It was absolutely stunning,” said Ellen Landis, one of the judges on the panel that sent the wine to the sweepstakes round of the competition. “Its gorgeous aromatics drive you into the glass. The entry was vibrant, and it had a clear, precise structure – everything you look for in a dry rosé.”

Landis owns Landis Shores, a luxury bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay on the Northern California coast.

Griffin, who made 9,000 cases of the $13 wine, said he was a little worried about the wine as it developed in the winery. His concern was that the acidity wasn’t quite there because of the hot 2013 vintage.

“Everybody but me thought it was excellent,” Griffin told Great Northwest Wine. “Fortunately, saner heads prevailed.”

While the Barnard Griffin rosé will be available for retail throughout the country, the vast majority of its sales are in the greater Seattle area.

Swiftwater Cellars in Roslyn, Wash., won two best of class awards — its the 2012 No. 9 Riesling ($18) and 2010 Malbec ($38). The Riesling was considered the top dry Riesling, less than 1.49% residual sugar.

This marked the first time Swiftwater Cellars has entered the largest wine competition in the country, and winery owner Don Watts did not produce a Riesling until he hired winemaker Linda Trotta from renowned Gundlach-Bundschu in Sonoma.

“When I was at Gundlach-Bundschu, I made a dry Gewzürz that was fun to make, and when I came to Swiftwater, I told Don Watts, ‘I’m not coming to Washington and not making Riesling,’ Trotta said. “He told me to make it in a style that I thought was best.”

Trotta sources her Riesling from Olsen Vineyards near Prosser. The 2012 vintage — her third full vintage in Washington — was finished with a residual sugar of 0.83%, with a total acidity of 7.7 grams per liter.

“I happened to catch Leif Olsen just after they announced that Olsen Brothers was no longer going to make wine, and I got their four rows of Riesling in a sea of Ste. Michelle vines,” Trotta said. “They farmed it differently from what they were growing for Ste. Michelle, and we continue to farm to the way we want it. Those four rows are all we make of Riesling, which is about 275 cases.”

The Hoist House — Swiftwater Cellars’ on-premise restaurant at Suncadia Resort — pairs the No. 9 Riesling with Chilean sea bass, which Trotta described as a Thai preparation with coconut milk and spice components.

“Anything with a little bit of heat works really nicely with the wine,” she said.

The components of the Malbec were 50 percent from Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, Kiona on Red Mountain (25 percent) and Octave Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Production was 200 cases.

“Going into this, making a Malbec was another wine that wasn’t on the docket,” Trotta said. “The Malbec was going into our Proprietary Red, which is a Cabernet-based blend, but as we were tasting through the barrels it knocked our socks off.”

Walla Walla Valley icon Woodward Canyon of Lowden, Wash., earned best of class in the Chardonnay $40-and-over class for its 2012 Washington State Chardonnay ($44) — a particularly impressive showing among the entries from California.

“The biggest thing here is that we’ve never made the wine to win awards, but we’ve made it to be compatible with foods, and as a farmer, I’m also looking to respect the sense of place where the grapes came from,” said Rick Small, owner and founding winemaker.

Small and his winemaker, Kevin Mott, use a blend of clone 108 from the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard and Wente Clone from Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. The average yield of 3.3 tons per acre led to a production of 873 cases. And while the entire program goes into 100% French oak, only 20% of those barrels are new.

“We’ve been gradually winding the oak back down over the past 12 to 15 years,” Small said. “The only two vineyards we work with on that wine are Celilo and the Woodward Canyon Estate. Both are getting old — 30 to 40 years almost — and we found enough intensity and enough character in those wines, so we didn’t want to overpower them with oak. They are so much nicer with food.”

Small said he enjoys his Chardonnay with Pacific Northwest seafood, particularly crab and smoked trout.

“And sometimes I might even be cooking with glass of it in front of me,” Small said with a chuckle.

There were a total of 10 best-of-class awards won by wineries using Pacific Northwest fruit — including both classifications of Riesling.

Grace Lane, a label for Chicago-based Terlato Wines International, produced the top off-dry Riesling (1.5% and greater) using Yakima Valley fruit from the 2012 vintage. The price is $11.

Basel Cellars Estate Winery in Walla Walla had its 2012 Estate Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc ($18) win the category for Bordeaux Other Varietals and Blends up to $19.99.

Locati Cellars in Walla Walla earned a spot in the sweepstakes with its 2010 Innovation ($20), which was voted Best Italian Blend in the $24.99 and under category.

Malaga Springs Winery in Malaga, Wash., won best of class for its 2012 Chenin Blanc ($15).

Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River, Ore., won the best Sangiovese with its 2012 Emma ($28) from the Columbia Valley.

Mount Baker Vineyards north of Bellingham, Wash., was chosen the top entry in the All Other White Varietals category with its 2012 Madeleine Angevine ($17) from the Puget Sound.

This year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition drew 5,825 wines this year, making it the largest judging held in North America. About 1,500 wineries from 25 states entered.

public tasting with hundreds of the medal-winning wines will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Tickets are $50 for early-bird buyers, $65 in advance and $80 at the door (though the event typically is sold out and, thus, tickets are unavailable to walk-ups).

The San Francisco Chronicle has been the competition’s title sponsor for several years. This year, the presenting sponsor is Beverages & More (BevMo), a large California wine retailer that now has several locations in Washington. Stella Artois, a Belgian beer producer, also is a major sponsor.

Here are the complete Northwest results of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:

Double gold/best rosé

Barnard Griffin 2013 Rose of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12

Best of class

Basel Cellars 2012 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Grace Lane 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $11

Locati Cellars 2010 Innovation, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $15

Marchesi Vineyards 2012 Emma Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $28

Mount Baker Vineyards 2012 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $17

Swiftwater Cellars 2012 No. 9 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

Swiftwater Cellars 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $38

Woodward Canyon 2012 Chardonnay, Washington, $44

Double gold

Abacela 2012 Viognier, Umpqua Valley, $22

Abacela 2009 South East Block, Reserve Tempranillo Reserve, Umpqua Valley, $50

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Quarry Butte, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Bridgeview Vineyards 2011 Blue Moon Sweet Riesling, Oregon, $10

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

Firesteed Cellars 2010 Riesling, Oregon, $13

Hamilton Cellars 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30

Pacific Rim Winemakers NV Framboise, Washington, $14

Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Ellis Vineyards Viognier, Rogue Valley, $19

Revelry Vintners 2011 Dionysus Vineyard D11 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

Samson Estates Winery NV Framboise, Washington, $13

Swiftwater Cellars 2009 Proprietary Blend, Columbia Valley, $50

Woodward Canyon 2011 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $59

Gold

Abacela 2012 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $15

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Crawford Viognier, Columbia Valley, $20

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Jet Black Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Barnard Griffin 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17

Basel Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars 2010 Birdsview, Columbia Valley, $38

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars 2010 Thornwood Reserve, Columbia Valley, $49

Chateau Ste Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Syrah, Columbia Valley, $23

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2011 Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Sams Valley Vineyard Claret, Southern Oregon, $25

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

Del Rio Vineyards 2012 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20

Del Rio Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $16

Dusted Valley Vintners 2012 Evergreen Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $29

Eye of the Needle 2011 Otis Vineyard Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $22

Firesteed Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13

Gordon Estate 2010 Tradition, Columbia Valley, $35

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

Knight Hill Winery 2010 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $25

Kriselle Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley, $21

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Sangiovese, Rogue Valley, $28

L’Ecole No 41 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Ethan Cole, Rogue Valley, $28

Malaga Springs Winery 2011 Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30

Martin-Scott 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $28

Maryhill Winery 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $31

Maryhill Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $12

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Hattrup Farms Marvell, Rattlesnake Hills, $32

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $11

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Rolling Bay Winery 2012 Upland Vineyards Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $24

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Applegate Valley, $24

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley, $34

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $34

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Tempranillo, Southern Oregon, $34

Sokol Blosser NV Evolution White, American, $16

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Claret, Southern Oregon, $27

Swiftwater Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55

Tertulia Cellars 2010 Pepper Bridge Vineyards Excelsior, Walla Walla Valley, $36

The Cellars at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute 2010 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $17

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan, $19

Westport Winery 2011 Swimmer Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $27

Silver

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $16

Angela Estate 2011 Angela Estate Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton, $45

Balboa Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Balboa Winery 2010 Mith, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Balboa Winery 2009 Eidolon, Walla Walla Valley, $75

Balboa Winery 2010 Balboa Constrictor, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Barnard Griffin 2012 Fume Blanc, Columbia Valley, $9

Barnard Griffin 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Barrister Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28

Barrister Winery 2012 Klipsun Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain, $19

Basalt Cellars 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $18

Basalt Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Basalt Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $26

Basel Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Basel Cellars 2012 Semillon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Basel Cellars 2010 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Basel Cellars 2009 Claret, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Basel Cellars 2007 Merriment, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Blooms Winery 2012 Viognier, Rattlesnake Hills, $17

Boedecker Cellars 2012 Cuvee YC Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton, $45

Burnt Bridge Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Burnt Bridge Cellars 2011 Blend X, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2010 Reserve Cherry Street Red, Columbia Valley, $20

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Caprio Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars 2010 Baker Lake Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars 2010 Red Rooster Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain, $22

Chateau Ste Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

Citation 2011 Chardonnay, Oregon, $30

Claar Cellars 2012 White Bluffs Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $13

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2011 Umiker Vineyards Syrah, Idaho, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2011 Merlot, Idaho, $25

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Sams Valley Vineyard Syrah, Southern Oregon, $25

Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Updraft, Columbia Valley, $18

College Cellars 2011 Dwelley Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $16

College Cellars 2012 Clarke Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Corvus Cellars 2010 Syrah/Petite Sirah, Red Mountain, $29

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

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

Cuckoos Nest Cellars 2012 Fizze, Oregon, $13

Cuckoos Nest Cellars 2012 Aromatíque, Oregon, $15

Dancin Vineyards 2011 Adagio Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $34

Deer Creek Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $20

Deer Creek Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $20

Deer Creek Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $50

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $28

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Claret, Rogue Valley, $35

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $18

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

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Ruah, Wahluke Slope, $20

Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $12

Dusted Valley 2011 Stained Tooth Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Dusted Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Dusted Valley 2011 StoneTree Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $42

EdenVale Winery 2006 Dolcetto, Rogue Valley, $25

EdenVale Winery 2006 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $45

Elkhorn Ridge Vineyards & Winery 2011 777 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

Eye of the Needle NV Harvest White, Columbia Valley, $12

Falsetto 2011 Lemberger, Columbia Valley, $40

Firesteed Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Girardet 2011 Chardonnay, Umpqua Valley, $15

Gordon Estate 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $21

Gordon Estate 2010 Six, Columbia Valley, $42

Gordon Estate 2008 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $35

Hamilton Cellars 2010 Bona Vita, Columbia Valley, $28

Irvine Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $32

Kana Winery 2009 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $18

Kana Winery 2009 Workingman’s Red, Columbia Valley, $15

Kana Winery 2010 Old Vines Reserve Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Kana Winery 2009 Scarlet Fire, Yakima Valley, $25

Kandarian Wine Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Oregon, $20

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

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Red Mountain, $25

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2005 Sangiovese, Red Mountain, $25

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Lemberger, Red Mountain, $15

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Cabernet Merlot, Washington, $15

Knight Hill Winery 2011 Mourvedre, Wahluke Slope, $26

Kriselle Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $27

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Di’tani, Rogue Valley, $25

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Semillon, Columbia Valley, $15

L’Ecole No 41 2010 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee, Walla Walla Valley, $50

L’Ecole No 41 2010 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Perigee, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Sweet Riesling, Lake Chelan, $20

Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Stormy Mountain White, Lake Chelan, $22

Ledger David Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Luminous Hills 2012 Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton, $35

Lumos Wine Co 2011 5 Blocks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Lumos Wine Co 2009 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $34

Maragas Winery 2013 Tootsie, Oregon, $20

Maragas Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Oregon, $30

Martin-Scott 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24

Martin-Scott 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $24

Maryhill Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Maryhill Winery 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Maryhill Winery 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Aurelia, Columbia Valley, $24

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $30

Maryhill Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $18

Maryhill Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

Maryhill Winery 2011 Sugarloaf Vineyard Mourvedre, Rattlesnake Hills, $30

Maryhill Winery 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Masquerade Wine Company 2012 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14

Masquerade Wine Company 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Medicine Creek Winery NV Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $30

Medicine Creek Winery 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

Medicine Creek Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $38

Mercer Estates Winery 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

Mercer Estates Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $20

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 The Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $25

Monte Ferro 2011 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $25

Obelisco Estate 2010 III Nefer, Red Mountain, $95

Obelisco Estate 2010 Electrum, Red Mountain, $65

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Wallula Vin de Glaciere Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Ellis Vineyards Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $16

Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Ellis Vineyards Block 3 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $24

Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Ellis Vineyards Melange, Rogue Valley, $25

Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $16

Red Lily Vineyards 2007 Estate Reserve Red Lily Tempranillo, Applegate Valley, $65

Red Lily Vineyards 2010 Red Lily Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $35

Reininger Winery 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $44

Reininger Winery 2010 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $39

Reininger Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $41

Revelry Vintners 2011 Limited Edition Reveler Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $35

Revelry Vintners 2011 Weinbau Vineyard Block 19 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Rolling Bay Winery 2010 Upland Vineyards Manitou Red, Snipes Mountain, $30

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Albarino, Applegate Valley, $24

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Applegate Valley, $34

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Applegate Valley, $34

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Applegate Valley, $38

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Southern Oregon, $22

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Southern Oregon, $22

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Malbec, Southern Oregon, $34

Season Cellars 2012 Viognier, Southern Oregon, $22

Season Cellars 2011 Malbec, Southern Oregon, $30

Seven of Hearts 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Sienna Ridge Estate 2012 Baco Noir, Red Hill Douglas County, $26

Small House Winery 2010 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $20

South Stage Cellars 2009 Grenache, Rouge Valley, $28

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Viognier, Southern Oregon, $21

Ste. Chapelle Winery 2012 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Stephenson Cellars 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Swiftwater Cellars 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Tertulia Cellars 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenere, Horse Heaven Hills, $36

The Cellars at the Southern Oregon Wine Institue 2011 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $18

The Four Graces 2012 Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $45

The Four Graces 2011 Black Family Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $75

Trio Vintners 2011 RIOT, Columbia Valley, $20

Trio Vintners 2011 Heart of the Hill Carmenere, Red Mountain, $28

Trio Vintners 2010 Far Away Vineyard Mourvedre, Yakima Valley, $26

Troon Vineyard 2011 Estate Zinfandel, Applegate Valley, $28

Troon Vineyard 2010 Old Vine Meritage, Applegate Valley, $32

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan, $16

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $32

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Malbec, Lake Chelan, $32

Tyee Wine Cellars 2012 Gewürztraminer, Willamette Valley, $19

Tyee Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $17

Waterbrook Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $12

Westport Winery 2012 Airfield Estates Shorebird, Columbia Valley, $21

Westport Winery 2012 Red Willow Captain Gray Gewurztraminer, Yakima Valley, $25

Wild Rose Vineyard 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $20

Wild Rose Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon, $30

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2011 Elton Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $48

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2011 Dijon Clone Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $20

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $14

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Woodward Canyon 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $44

Youngberg Hill 2012 Pinot Blanc, McMinnville, $20

Zerba Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Bronze

37 Cellars 2011 Bacchus Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

37 Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Abacela 2012 Albarino, Umpqua Valley, $18

Abacela 2011 Fiesta Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $21

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Shepherds Mark, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Balboa Winery 2010 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Barnard Griffin 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Barrister Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

Barrister Winery 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Basel Cellars 2007 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $25

Chateau Ste Michelle 2010 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

Chicken Dinner 2012 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16

Citation 2003 Citation Pinot Noir, Oregon, $60

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Merlot, Columbia Valley, $23

Cliff Creek Cellars 2010 Sams Valley Vineyard Merlot, Southern Oregon, $22

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Sams Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $28

Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19

Cloudlift Cellars 2011 Halcyon, Horse Heaven Hills, $26

Cloudlift Cellars 2011 Panorama, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

College Cellars 2012 Sagemoor Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

College Cellars 2013 Schnorr Vineyard Muscat Ottonel, Walla Walla Valley, $15

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

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Dedication Seven, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Cristom Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Eola-Amity Hills, $17

Cristom Vineyards 2011 Eileen Vineyards Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50

Cristom Vineyards 2011 Mt Jefferson Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Deer Creek Vineyards 2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $35

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $28

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Rogue Valley, $28

Delfino Vineyards 2011 Mezzo Mezzo, Umpqua Valley, $26

Delilah NV Delilah Blueberry, Washington, $12

Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Dusted Valley 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $42

EdenVale Winery 2012 Rosé, Rogue Valley, $18

Elkhorn Ridge Vineyards & Winery 2011 Le Terre Foss Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

Eye of the Needle NV the EYE, Columbia Valley, $12

Firesteed Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Frenchmans Gulch 2008 Phinney Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Girardet 2012 Riesling, Umpqua Valley, $16

Gordon Estate 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

Gordon Estate 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $21

Hamilton Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Irvine Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $35

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2013 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Ice Wine Chenin Blanc, Red Mountain, $25

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Washington, $15

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Riesling, Washington, $11

Knight Hill Winery 2010 Rook’s Red, Wahluke Slope, $28

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $32

Kriselle Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $34

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $20

L’Ecole No 41 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $24

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $28

Ledger David Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $22

Ledger David Cellars 2012 Sangiovese Rose, Rogue Valley, $18

Ledger David Cellars 2011 Sangiovese, Rogue Valley, $24

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

Lumos Wine Co 2012 Temperance Hill Gewürztraminer, Willamette Valley, $19

Malaga Springs Winery 2010 Estate Zinfandel, Washington, $28

Malaga Springs Winery 2008 Estate Malbec, Washington, $25

Maragas Winery 2012 Malbec, Oregon, $25

Marchesi Vineyards 2011 Achille Barbera, Columbia Gorge, $30

Marchesi Vineyards 2011 Esta Italian Blend, Columbia Valley, $29

Martin-Scott 2009 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $22

Martin-Scott 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Martin-Scott 2011 Cole’s Collage, Columbia Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $10

Maryhill Winery 2012 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $12

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

Maryhill Winery 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Classic Malbec, Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley, $30

Maryhill Winery 2011 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley, $12

Maryhill Winery 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve Tavola Rosso, Columbia Valley, $32

Maryhill Winery 2011 Clifton Hills Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $40

Maryhill Winery 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Masquerade Wine Company 2012 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $14

Mercer Estates Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24

Mercer Estates Winery 2010 Sharp Sisters, Columbia Valley, $24

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $25

Monte Ferro 2012 Dion Mountains Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $18

Monte Scarlatto Estate Winery 2011 Merlot, Red Mountain, $23

Mount Baker Vineyards 2009 Grenache/Syrah, Yakima Valley, $28

Nodland Cellars, LLC 2009 Private Blend, Columbia Valley, $28

Obelisco Estate 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $22

Obelisco Estate 2010 Les Gosses Syrah, Red Mountain, $40

Obelisco Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $45

Obelisco Estate 2010 Malbec, Red Mountain, $35

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Primarius 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Provincial Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Lily Girl Rosé, Rogue Valley, $16

Reflection Vineyard 2011 Melange, Yakima Valley, $28

Ridge Crest 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $13

Robert Karl Cellars 2009 Gunselmen Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

Robert Karl Cellars 2010 Claret, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Rolling Bay Winery 2012 Upland Vineyards Pinot Gris, Snipes Mountain, $17

Samson Estates Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $21

Sawtooth Winery 2012 Cinsault Rosé, Snake River Valley, $13

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Soulea, Applegate Valley, $36

Seven of Hearts 2012 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $18

Seven of Hearts 2012 Gran Moraine Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $24

Skylite Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $29

Skylite Cellars 2009 Reserve, Columbia Valley, $47

Skylite Cellars 2010 Soiree, Columbia Valley, $24

Sokol Blosser NV Evolution Red, American, $16

Sokol Blosser 2011 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $46

South Stage Cellars 2011 Carmenere, Rogue Valley, $27

South Stage Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir, Rouge Valley, $28

Sozo LLC 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Sozo LLC 2009 Rescue Freedom Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon, $39

Spoiled Dog Winery 2011 Deception, Columbia Valley, $19

Stephenson Cellars 2012 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $20

Swiftwater Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $28

Tertulia Cellars 2010 Sobra, Columbia Valley, $24

Tertulia Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $36

The Four Graces 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Trio Vintners 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Trio Vintners 2010 Far Away Vineyard Grenache, Yakima Valley, $26

Troon Vineyard 2012 Dry Rose, Applegate Valley, $18

Troon Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Applegate Valley/Rogue Valley, $35

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $19

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan, $30

Tyee Wine Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $17

Tyee Wine Cellars 2011 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $34

Washington Hills 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Washington, $9

Watermill Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Walla Walla Valley, $16

Watermill Winery 2009 Estate Midnight Red, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley, $18

Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Lonesome Spring Ranch Sangiovese, Yakima Valley, $19

Youngberg Hill 2010 Jordan Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $40

Zerba Cellars 2011 Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Zerba Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Zerba Cellars 2011 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $38

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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