Brian Carter Cellars tops Washington State Wine Competition

By on July 30, 2014
Brian Carter Cellars won best in show at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition.

Brian Carter, co-owner and winemaker at Brian Carter Cellars in Woodinville, Wash., won best of show for the 2009 Solesce at the 33rd Washington State Wine Competition. (Photo courtesy of Brian Carter Cellars)

YAKIMA, Wash  — Brian Carter Cellars topped its third major Pacific Northwest competition of the year when the 2009 Solesce, a Bordeaux-style red wine, won best of show at the 33rd Washington State Wine Competition.

brian-carter-solesce-bottle-nvThis spring, that same wine was selected best red and best of show at the Northwest Wine Summit. In January, the Woodinville winemaker’s 2011 Opulento, a Port-style wine, earned best in show at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition.

Carter, who also picked up a gold medal in Yakima for his 2010 Byzance Red Wine, graduated from Oregon State University and began making wine commercially in Washington state in 1980. He grew up making fruit wines as a teen.

Willow Crest Wine Estates in Prosser took the Yakima judging’s Governor’s Trophy as best white wine for its 2012 Estate Riesling from the Yakima Valley.

Other superlatives were given to the Amelia Wynn Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, winning the Stan Clarke Award for best Cab, Browne Family Vineyards for best Merlot with its 2011 Merlot, and Claar Cellars 2010 Reserve Syrah took the title as the top Syrah.

San Juan Vineyards and winemaker Chris Primus received a rare double gold for the 2013 Estate Siegerrebe.

Rio Vista Wines near Chelan, Smasne Cellars in Grandview and Westport Winery near Aberdeen each were awarded two gold medals.

Richard Funk and Saviah Cellars in Walla Walla showed consistency by grabbing a gold medal with their 2010 Big Sky Cuvée. The previous vintage of that blend of red Bordeaux varieties was voted as the Yakima competition’s best wine in 2013.

The Washington State Wine Competition — the Evergreen State’s oldest active wine competition — was staged last month at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds.

Best of show/best red wine

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Solesce, Columbia Valley

Best white wine

Willow Crest Wine Estates 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Amelia Wynn 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima/Walla Walla

Best Merlot

Browne Family Vineyards  2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Best Syrah

Claar Cellars 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Double gold

San Juan Vineyards 2013 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound

Gold

Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Byzance, Columbia Valley
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Nauti Bouy, Lake Chelan
Nodland Cellars 2010 Avant-Garde Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley
Rio Vista Wines 2012 Barbera, Columbia Valley
Rio Vista Wines 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley
Saviah Cellars 2010 Big Sky Cuvee, Columbia Valley
Smasne Cellars 2012 Late Harvest Muscat, Snipes Mountain
Smasne Cellars 2012 Zinfandel, Red Mountain
Thurston Wolfe 2011 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley
Tsillan Cellars 2011 Syrah Reserve, Lake Chelan
Westport Winery 2011 Jetty Cat Red, Columbia Valley
Westport Winery NV True Blue, Columbia Valley
Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley

Silver

Airfield Estates 2011 Mustang, Yakima Valley
Airfield Estates 2012 Lightning, Yakima Valley
Amelia Wynn 2012 Sangiovese, Yakima Valley
Anelare 2011 Nonna Viola, Columbia Valley
AntoLin Cellars 2010 Carmenere, Yakima Valley
Apex Cellars 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Array Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Washington
Aspenwood Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
Barrel Springs Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Barrel Springs Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley
Brian Carter Cellars 2010 LeCoursier, Columbia Valley
Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Claar Cellars 2010 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Tres Cruces, Horse Heaven Hills
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills
Daven Lore Winery 2011 Durif, Horse Heaven Hills
Daven Lore Winery 2011 Grenache, Yakima Valley
Harbinger Winery 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley
Jones of Washington 2013 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Jones of Washington 2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Jones of Washington 2013 Viognier, Wahluke Slope
Jones of Washington 2013 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Lake Chelan Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Lake Chelan
Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2012 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery 2012 Merlot, Yakima Valley
Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley
Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
Maryhill Winery 2011 Travola Rosso, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Serendipity, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Primitivo, Wahluke Slope
Maryhill Winery 2010 Fortified Red Port, Columbia Valley
Mount Baker Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Yakima Valley
Palencia Wine Co. 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley
Palencia Wine Co. 2013 Albarino, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Purple Star Wines 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley
Ridge Crest 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Rio Vista Wines 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley
Rio Vista Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Lake Chelan
Saviah Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla  Valley
Saviah Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Saviah Cellars 2012 The Jack Syrah, Columbia Valley
Saviah Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla
Smasne Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snipes Mountain
Smasne Cellars 2012 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills
Smasne Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
Smasne Cellars 2011 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley
Smasne Cellars 2011 Ancient Rocks, Snipes Mountain
Smasne Cellars 2011 Grenache, Snipes Mountain
Sol Stone 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
Sol Stone 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley
Sun River Vintners 2011 Souzao, Red Mountain
Sun River Vintners 2010 Fortified Red, Souzao, Red Mountain
Thurston Wolfe 2009 Geologist Bordeaux Blend, Columbia Valley
Thurston Wolfe 2011 Petite Sirah Reserve, Horse Heaven Hills
Thurston Wolfe 2012 Lemberger, Horse Heaven Hills
Thurston Wolfe 2010 JTW Reserve Port-style, Washington State
Thurston Wolfe 2013 Albarino, Yakima Valley
Treveri Cellars, NV Sparkling Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley
Tsillan Cellars 2011 Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Lake Chelan
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Reserve Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan
Tsillian Cellars 2013 Nudo Chardonnay, Lake Chelan
Two Brothers Winery 2011 Merlot, Red Mountain
Waitsburg Cellars 2012 Three Red, Columbia Valley
Waterbrook 2012 Melange White, Columbia Valley
Wautoma Wines 2010 El Prat, Columbia Valley
Westport Winery NV Peaches on the Beaches, Yakima Valley
Whidbey Island Winery NV Island White, Washington
Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Bell Bottom White Muscat, Yakima Valley

Bronze

Airfield Estates 2011 Aviator, Yakima Valley
Airfield Estates 2012 Hellcat, Yakima Valley
Amelia Wynn 2012 Syrah, Walla Walla
Amelia Wynn 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley
Amelia Wynn 2012 RH Curvee, Yakima Valley
Amelia Wynn 2013 Rosé, Columbia
Anelare Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Anatolian Cellars 2010 Malbec, Yakima Valley
AntoLin Cellars 2012 Riesling, Yakima Valley
Array Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley
Array Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge
Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Corrida, Columbia Valley
Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Oriana, Columbia Valley
Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Opulento, Yakima Valley
Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Petit Verdot, Washington State
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills
Claar Cellars 2010 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley
Coyote Canyon Winery H/H Estates 2010 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills
Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Michael Andrews, Horse Heaven Hills
Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Andrews White, Horse Heaven Hills
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Life is Rose, Horse Heaven Hills
Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Albarino, Horse Heaven Hills
Daven Lore Winery 2011 Aridisol Red, Columbia Valley
Daven Lore Winery 2011 Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain
Ellensburg Canyon Winery 2012 White Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
Harbinger Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills
Harbinger Winery 2010 El Jefé, Rattlesnake Hills
Harbinger Winery 2012 Dynamo Red, Washington State
Harbinger Winery 2013 Dynamo White, Washington State
Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2011 S & M, Columbia Valley
Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Burning Desire Petit Verdot, Lake Chelan
Horan Estates Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Horan Estates Winery 2012 Duet, Columbia Valley
Horan Estates Winery 2012 Viognier, Columbia Valley
Jones of Washington 2009 Merlot, Wahluke Slope
Jones of Washington 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Jones of Washington 2013 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope
Lake Chelan Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley
Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2011 Malbec, Wahluke Slope
Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
Latah Creek Wine Cellars NV Monarch Red No. 2, Columbia Valley
Le Chateau Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
Lopez Island Vineyard Winery 2012 Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills
Lopez Island Vineyard Winery 2012 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound
Lopez Island Vineyard Winery 2013 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound
Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2012 Winemakers Red, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Marvel, Rattlesnake Hills
Maryhill Winery 2011 Mourvedre, Rattlesnake Hills
Maryhill Winery 2013 Viognier , Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley
Maryhill Winery 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley
Merry Cellars 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley
Merry Cellars 2012 Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley
Nodland Cellars 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Nodland Cellars 2010 Bad Attitude, Walla Walla Valley
Palencia Wine Co., 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain
Palencia Wine Co. 2013 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley
Purple Star Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Rio Vista Wines 2011 Loony Red, Columbia Valley
Rolling Bay Winery 2011 Manitou Red, Snipes Mountain
San Juan Vineyards 2011 Cab-Franc, Horse Heaven Hills
Saviah Cellars 2012 The Jack Red Wine, Columbia Valley
Saviah Cellars 2012 Barbera, Walla Walla Valley
Smasne Cellars 2011 Malbec, Yakima Valley
Sun River Vintners 2010 Tinta Cao Angelica, Red Mountain
Thurston Wolfe 2012 The Teacher Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
Thurston Wolfe 2011 Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills
Thurston Wolfe 2013 PGV White Blend, Columbia Valley
Thurston Wolfe 2013 Lemberger Rosé, Yakima Valley
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Reserve Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan
Tucker Cellars 2013 Late Harvest Riesling, Yakima Valley
Tucker Cellars 2013 Muscat, Yakima Valley
Van Camp Cellars 2010 Jim’s Cellar Blend, Rattlesnake Mountain
Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Three White Blend, Columbia Valley
Waterbrook 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Westport Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Captain Gray, Yakima Valley
Westport Winery 2012 Maritime Sparkling Wine, Snipes Mountain
White Salmon Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir, Columbia Valley
Willow Crest Wine Estates 2012 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley
Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley
Windy Point Vineyards 2009 Malbec, Yakima Valley
Windy Point Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley
Wineglass Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
Wineglass Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
Wineglass Cellars 2008 Syrah, Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley Vintners 2011 Midterm Merlot, Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley Vintners 2011 Sangiovese, Red Mountain
Yakima Valley Vintners 2013 Study Skills Chardonnay, Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley Vintners 2013 Easy A Chardonnay, Yakima Valley

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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