Northwest wines score well at Sunset Wine Competition

By on June 11, 2014

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. Two of his wines, a late-harvest Riesling and Chenin Blanc ice wine, earned best-in-class awards at the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

MENLO PARK, Calif. – A dozen Northwest wines earned top honors at the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition. The lifestyle magazine’s annual competition is held in this South Bay city.

sunset-logoKiona Vineyards & Winery, the oldest winery on Washington’s Red Mountain, earned two best-in-class awards, both for sweet wines. Alexandria Nicole Cellars, which has tasting rooms in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser and the Seattle suburb of Woodinville, earned a best-in-class award as well as a gold medal.

Wineries from Washington, Oregon and Idaho all won best-in-class honors.

Here are the Northwest results:

Gold/best in class

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Jet Black Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

Bergevin Lane Vineyards 2011 Amare Aeterna Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope, $38

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Cinder Wines 2011 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $28

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

DeLille Cellars 2012 Chaleur Estate Blanc, Columbia Valley, $40

Dunham Cellars 2012 Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

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

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

Patterson Cellars 2012 Late Harvest Roussanne, Columbia Valley, $22

Troon Vineyard 2013 Foundation ’72 Vermentino, Applegate Valley, $18

Winter’s Hill Winery Estate 2013 Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, $17

Gold

Acrobat 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $12

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

Barrister Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $31

Betz Family Winery 2011 Besoleil, Columbia Valley, $45

Charles Smith Wines 2012 The Velvet Devil, Columbia Valley, $12

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Crest 2010 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

Columbia Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

Corvus Cellars 2010 Loceaux, Red Mountain, $29

Gamache Vintners 2010 Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $55

Huston Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

Jones of Washington 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

King Estate 2013 Signature Collection Pinot Gris, Oregon, $17

Plain Cellars 2011 Eclipse, Columbia Valley, $28

Primarius 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $16

Steppe Cellars 2009 Artemisia, Columbia Valley, $28

Swiftwater Cellars 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $38

Swiftwater Cellars 2010 Proprietary Red, Columbia Valley, $50

Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Three, Merlot-Malbec-Mourvedre, Columbia Valley, $25

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55

Zero One Vintners 2012 Sauce, Columbia Valley, $12

Silver

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Reserve, Snake River Valley, $26

Airlie Winery 2011 Seven, Oregon, $13

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

Alloro Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $28

Amavi Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Amelia Wynn 2011 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $40

Amelia Wynn 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $25

Anew 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

ArborBrook Vineyards 2013 Croft Vineyards Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

Barnard Griffin 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Barnard Griffin 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

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

Bergstrom Wines 2012 Sigrid Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $85

Bergstrom Wines 2012 Bergstrom Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $80

Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Opulento, Yakima Valley, $22

Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Le Coursier, Columbia Valley, $34

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Solesce, Columbia Valley, $50

Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Byzance, Columbia Valley, $34

Buty Winery 2012 Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc-Muscadelle, Columbia Valley, $25

Camaraderie Cellars 2011 Madrona, Columbia Valley, $25

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Charles Smith Wines 2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $57

Chehalem Wines 2012 INOX Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $19

Chehalem Wines 2013 Sext Riesling, Ribbon Ridge, $24

Cinder Wines 2011 Cab-Malbec-Merlot, Snake River Valley, $27

Cinder Wines 2013 Dry Rosé, Snake River Valley, $16

Cinder Wines 2013 Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18

Claar Cellars 2012 White Bluffs Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $22

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Claret, Southern Oregon, $25

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $36

Col Solare 2009 Red, Columbia Valley, $75

Columbia Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

Corvus Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $39

DaMa Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

DaMa Wines 2010 DaMa Nation, Washington, $35

Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Grenache Rosé, Rogue Valley, $15

DeLille Cellars 2011 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $69

DeLille Cellars 2011 Doyenne Aix, Yakima Valley, $42

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $18

Doyenne 2011 Syrah, Red Mountain, $44

EdenVale 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $65

Efeste 2012 Sauvage, Yakima Valley, $23

Eroica 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Finnriver NV Black Currant, Washington, $20

Folin Cellars 2010 Misceo, Rogue Valley, $34

Folin Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $30

For a Song 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $10

For a Song 2012 Caliche Lake Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Gamache Vintners 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Gilbert Cellars 2011 Allobroges, Wahluke Slope, $22

Gilbert Cellars 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Harbinger Winery NV Dynamo Red, Washington, $16

Huston Vineyards 2013 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16

J Wrigley 2010 Mac Cuvee Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $54

King Estate 2012 Signature Collection Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

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

Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2013 Riesling, Washington, $11

Kiona Vineyards & Winery NV Cyclops, Red Mountain, $40

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $35

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Seven Hills Estate Vineyard Perigee, Walla Walla Valley, $50

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, $60

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Seven Hills Estate Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Lady Hill 2012 Red Heaven Vineyard Ad Lucern, Red Mountain, $29

Left Coast Cellars 2013 White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Left Coast Cellars 2012 Truffle Hill Wadenswill Clone Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

One Wines 2010 One Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Pepper Bridge Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $60

Pepper Bridge Winery 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $54

Plain Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30

Pursued by Bear 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $65

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Revelation & Sorek Bloc Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Rolling Bay Winery 2011 Upland Vineyard Manitou Red, Snipes Mountain, $30

Saviah Cellars 2012 The Jack Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $13

Spring Valley Vineyard 2011 Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Spring Valley Vineyard 2011 Frederick, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Swiftwater Cellars 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Tertulia Cellars 2008 Sobra Red, Columbia Valley, $24

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

Tiger Mountain Winery 2012 Cuvee Noir, Red Mountain, $29

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

Troon Vineyard 2013 Foundation ’72 Dry Rosé, Applegate Valley, $18

Va Piano Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Willow Crest Winery 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $14

Woodward Canyon Winery 2010 Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, $79

Bronze

14 Hands Winery 2010 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Acrobat 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2013 A Squared Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

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

Alloro Vineyard 2011 Riservata Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

Amavi Cellars 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Amelia Wynn 2012 Airfield Estates Roussanne, Yakima Valley, $24

Amelia Wynn 2011 Syrah, Yakima Valley, $23

AntoLin Cellars 2010 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $25

ArborBrook Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

Barrister Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28

Bergstrom Wines 2012 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $57

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2012 Pinot Gris, Washington, $16

Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Buty Winery 2010 Rediviva Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $50

Camaraderie Cellars 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 The Expedition Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Charles Smith Wines 2012 Vino Pinot Grigio, Washington, $12

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Chehalem Wines 2011 Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $60

Chehalem Wines 2011 Corral Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

Cinder Wines 2012 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $27

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

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

College Cellars 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Columbia Crest 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

Columbia Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

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

Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Andrews White, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Tres Cruces Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

DeLille Cellars 2010 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $150

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Ruah, Wahluke Slope, $20

Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Dunham Cellars 2010 XVI Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Dunham Cellars 2009 Lewis Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley, $75

Dussek Family Cellars 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20

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

Eaglemount 2011 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $36

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Erath Winery 2011 Prince Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

Folin Cellars 2013 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $25

Gamache Vintners 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $27

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Bush Vine Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $48

Harbinger Winery 2010 El Jefe, Rattlesnake Hills, $27

Harbinger Winery 2010 Bolero, Rattlesnake Hills, $27

Hightower Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $36

Huston Vineyards 2012 Chicken Dinner Red, Snake River Valley, $18

I.G. Winery 2012 Riesling, Rogue Valley, $16

JB Neufeld 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $35

JM Cellars 2011 Estate Red, Walla Walla Valley, $36

K Vintners 2013 Art Den Hoed Vineyard Viognier, Yakima Valley, $25

Kennedy Shah 2013 Auntie Meredith’s Picnic Blend, Columbia Valley, $14

L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Seven Hills Estate Vineyard Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $23

Lady Hill 2012 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

Lagana 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $20

Laissez Faire 2013 White, Snake River Valley, $16

Ledger David Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Maryhill Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $20

Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $14

Northstar 2009 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2013 Twin Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Yakima Valley, $14

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2013 Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $14

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Pepper Bridge Winery 2010 Trine, Walla Walla Valley, $65

Plain Cellars 2011 Summer Solstice Red, Columbia Valley, $28

Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Pishon Bloc Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $29

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

RR 2010 Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $69

Saviah Cellars 2012 Dugger Creek Vineyard Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Sawtooth Winery 2012 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

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

Silvan Ridge Winery 2011 Malbec, Rogue Valley, $20

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2012 Winemaker’s Select Riesling, Columbia Valley, $8

Styring 2010 Shameless Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $23

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

Tamarack Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

Tertulia Cellars 2009 Redd, Columbia Valley, $20

Tertulia Cellars 2008 Patina Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $32

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

Trio Vintners 2011 Far Away Vineyards Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley, $26

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

Tyee Wine Cellars 2011 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

Va Piano Vineyards 2012 Bruno’s Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Washington Hills 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Washington, $10

Wedge Mountain Winery 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $80

Whitestone Winery 2009 St. Vincent Meritage, Columbia Valley, $35

Winter’s Hill Winery Estate 2012 Watershed Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $25

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Washington, $44

Wy’East Vineyards 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $40

Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2010 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60

Zero One Vintners 2010 Wild Sky Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $36

Zero One Vintners 2012 Golden Delicious Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Zero One Vintners 2012 Copper Lily Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $13

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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