Riesling wins 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on October 9, 2014
Wild Goose Vineyards Riesling won best of show at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Wild Goose Vineyards’ 2012 God’s Mountain Vineyard Riesling from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia won best of show at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A British Columbia Riesling – a wine that might never be made again – won best of show at the second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

The Wild Goose Vineyards 2012 God’s Mountain Riesling from the Okanagan Valley finished atop the blind tasting of 426 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

Hagen Kruger, second-generation winemaker for Wild Goose near Okanagan Falls, said he stopped buying grapes from God’s Mountain Vineyard after the 2012 vintage, mentioning his winery has about 50 cases of the Riesling remaining.

That said, Kruger will still produce two Rieslings, including one from the estate Stoney Slope Vineyard with vines that are now 30 years old.

“It’s nice to see that it’s still doing well to this day,” Kruger told Great Northwest Wine.

While perhaps the best wines coming from the Okanagan Valley are Rieslings, the noble white variety is far from being the region’s No. 1 grape.

“The Okanagan is a very young wine region, and we still need to define what varieties are going to do well here,” Kruger said. “I’m not sure I’m going to see that in my lifetime. We have winemakers here from all over the world, and they have favorite varieties they want to make.”

Kruger added that such world-class Riesling producers as Gehringer Brothers in Oliver and JoieFarm in Naramata continue to help define the Okanagan Valley as a prime Riesling region.

How the competition works

The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition is the only judging in the United States in which the wines are nominated by the judges. In this case, the judges were selected from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho and are influential wine professionals who are in retail, wholesale, restaurants and wine writing. (See a list of the judges.)

All the wines are tasted blind, meaning the judges do not know the producer or the price, though they do know the style or variety of the wine. The 16 judges work in groups of four. For a wine to win a gold medal, three of the judges must award gold. If all four judges give a gold, the wine wins a unanimous double gold medal.

Ste. Michelle, others shine in judging

Michelle won best sparkling wine in the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Michelle NV Brut Rosé from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates won best sparkling wine in the second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the Northwest’s largest wine producer, showed extremely well in the competition, winning 12 gold medals or better from such brands as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands, Seven Falls, Michelle and Northstar.

The Michelle NV Brut Rosé won best sparkling wine of the competition.

Colene Clemens Vineyards, a small producer in Newberg, Ore., won gold medals for each of the four wines it entered, including three Pinot Noirs and a Pinot Noir Rosé. The latter won best rosé of the competition.

Two Idaho wineries did exceptionally well. Cinder Wines in Garden City won three gold medals, including the best Syrah of the competition. And Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston also won three gold medals.

Robert Smasne, a winemaker in the Yakima Valley, won four gold medals: two for his own Smasne Cellars and two for Northwest Cellars in Kirkland.

Other wineries to win two gold medals were Abacela, Avennia, Bunnell Family Cellar, DeLille Cellars, Hyland Estates, L’Ecole No. 41, Maryhill Winery, Pondera Winery, Sparkman Cellars, Tamarack Cellars, Tranche Cellars and Wild Goose.

Best of show

Wild Goose Vineyards 2012 God’s Mountain Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $20

Best red

Forgeron Cellars 2011 Boushey Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

Best sparkling

Michelle NV Brut Rose, Columbia Valley, $14

Best dessert

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Signature Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $47

Double gold/best of class

Colene Clemens Vineyards 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Abacela 2012 Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29

Ambassador Vineyard 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

Colene Clemens Vineyards 2012 Margo Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $35

DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate Blanc, Columbia Valley, $38

Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 McLean Creek Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $30

Cinder Wines 2012 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $27

Gold/best of class

Maryhill Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $17

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $30

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Firehouse Red, Columbia Valley, $18

Double gold

Abacela 2010 Estate Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32

Balboa Winery 2009 Eidolon, Walla Walla Valley, $75

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Merlot, Idaho, $25

Colene Clemens Vineyards 2011 Adriane Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

Obelisco Estate Winery 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50

Palencia Wine Co., 2013 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $18

San Juan Vineyards 2013 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $20

Two Vintners 2012 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $29

Gold

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

Airlie Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Alexander the Grape 2008 The Philosopher, Red Mountain, $50

Avennia 2013 Oliane, Yakima Valley, $25

Avennia 2012 Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Syrah, Yakima Valley, $50

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Tuttorosso, Yakima Valley, $34

Bunnell Family Cellar 2008 Lia, Columbia Valley, $36

Bunnell Family Cellar 2009 Alx, Columbia Valley, $42

Cascade Cliffs 2012 Reserve Estate Barbera, Columbia Valley, $80

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $36

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Cinder Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $29

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

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

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Carmenere, Washington, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Renaissance Red, Idaho/Washington, $23

Colene Clemens Vineyards 2011 Margo Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $35

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Les Chevaux Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Corliss Estates 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $85

Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden 2010 Syrah 58, Applegate Valley, $45

DeLille Cellars 2011 Chaleur Estate, Red Mountain, $80

Gamache Vintners 2010 Estate Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley, $15

Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $24

Hyland Estates 2012 Coury Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $60

Hyland Estates 2012 Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $38

Koenig Vineyards 2011 Cuvee Alden Private Reserve, Snake River Valley, $50

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $22

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Semillon, Columbia Valley, $15

Lady Hill Winery 2012 Cuvee Marie Dorion, Columbia Valley, $40

Maryhill Winery 2011 Sugarloaf Vineyard Mourvedre, Rattlesnake Hills, $40

Maverick Estate Winery 2012 Rubicon, Okanagan Valley, $25

Mercer Estates 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $22

Northstar 2010 Premier Merlot, Columbia Valley, $85

Northwest Cellars 2011 Art den Hoed Vineyard Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $32

Northwest Cellars 2011 Madrigal, Columbia Valley, $19

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $21

Pondera Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $34

Pondera Winery 2011 Entwined, Columbia Valley, $34

Proper Wines 2012 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $42

Puffin 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $20

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

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Saviah Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Seven Falls 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

Seven Falls 2012 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $15

Smasne Cellars 2011 Upland Vineyard Ancient Rocks, Snipes Mountain, $44

Smasne Cellars 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Block #4 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $44

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Rainmaker, Yakima Valley, $62

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Wonderland, Yakima Valley, $38

Spindrift Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

Syringa 2011 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $25

SYZYGY 2009 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

Tapteil Vineyard Winery 2011 Spilya Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $34

Tranche Cellars 2011 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $45

Tranche Cellars 2011 Slice of Pape Blanc, Columbia Valley, $30

Upper Five Vineyard 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Viento Wines 2011 Old Vines Retro Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $20

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Walter Dacon Wines 2009 C’est Syrah Beaux, Columbia Valley, $38

Wild Goose Vineyards 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $19

Silver

37 Cellars 2011 Bacchus Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

Abacela 2012 Estate Malbec, Umpqua Valley, $26

Abacela 2013 Estate Albariño, Umpqua Valley, $20

Alexander the Grape 2010 Klipsun Vineyard Golden Grape Semillon, Red Mountain, $35

Alexander the Grape 2009 The Emperor, Red Mountain, $50

Alexander the Grape 2009 The Empress, Red Mountain, $50

Ambassador Vineyard 2011 Estate Plenipotentiary Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50

Ambassador Vineyard 2011 Estate Diplomat, Red Mountain, $40

Amelia Wynn Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $34

Analemma Wines 2012 Oak Ridge Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $32

Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Nicholas Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $32

Anelare 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain, $50

Angel Vine 2012 Stone Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley, $24

Angel Vine 2011 Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $20

AniChe Cellars 2011 Moth Love, Rattlesnake Hills, $34

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $18

Array Cellars 2011 Dijon Clone Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $32

Array Cellars 2011 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $32

Array Cellars 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $32

Avansino 2012 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Avennia 2012 Justine, Columbia Valley, $40

Baer Winery 2011 Arctos, Columbia Valley, $43

Baer Winery 2011 Ursa, Columbia Valley, $39

Balboa Winery 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Balboa Winery 2013 Mith, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Bella Wines 2012 Sparkling Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley, $24

Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Opulento, Yakima Valley, $22

Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Oriana, Yakima Valley, $22

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Northridge Vineyard Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Camas Prairie Winery 2014 Palouse Gold Mead, Idaho, $13

Camas Prairie Winery NV Champoux Vineyard Lemberger, Washington, $16

Cascade Cliffs 2012 Reserve Nebbiolo, Horse Heaven Hills, $75

Cave B Estate Winery 2010 XXV Merlot, Columbia Valley, $43

Cedergreen Cellars 2013 Viola Rose’ Wine, Columbia Valley, $14

Cellar 616 2012 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $15

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Eroica Gold, Columbia Valley, $30

Cinder Wines 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 2013 RUSTIQUE Rose’ Wine, McMinnville, $21

Coiled Wines 2012 Black Mamba, Snake River Valley, $30

Coiled Wines 2012 Sidewinder, Snake River Valley, $25

Col Solare 2010 Col Solare, Columbia Valley, $75

Columbia Crest 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

COR Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Corliss Estates 2009 Corliss, Columbia Valley, $75

Corliss Estates 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $65

Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden 2013 Spiral 36, Applegate Valley, $28

Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Albarino, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Cubanisimo Vineyards 2013 Rosado de Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $23

Daven Lore Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Daven Lore Winery 2011 Lonesome Spring Ranch Grenache, Yakima Valley , $35

DeLille Cellars 2011 D2, Columbia Valley, $45

Double Canyon 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $48

Dowsett Family Winery 2013 Celilo Vineyard Gewürztraminer, Columbia Gorge, $22

Dowsett Family Winery 2010 Devotion, Columbia Valley, $30

Doyenne 2013 Doyenne Roussanne, Red Mountain, $37

Doyenne 2012 Métier, Yakima Valley, $48

Doyenne 2011 Signature Syrah, Red Mountain, $42

Dumas Station 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

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

Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $42

Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 BFM, Columbia Valley, $53

Eleven Winery 2012 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $24

Eye of the Needle NV Private Eye, Columbia Valley, $20

Eye of the Needle NV Harvest White, Columbia Valley, $11

Firá 2011 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $18

For a Song 2012 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10

Forgeron Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Forgeron Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $28

Fujishin Family Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $22

Gamache Vintners 2010 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $15

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan, $15

Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

Grantwood Winery 2012 Heritage, Walla Walla Valley, $14

Helix by Reininger 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $31

Helix by Reininger 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $31

Helix by Reininger 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $34

Hightower Cellars 2011 Merlot, Red Mountain, $25

J. Albin Winery 2012 Lorelle Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $15

J. Albin Winery 2007 Brut Rosé, Chehalem Mountains, $30

J.K. Carriere 2012 Vespidae Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $42

JoieFarm 2013 Re-Think Pink!, Okanagan Valley, $21

Jones of Washington 2011 Cabernet Franc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $17

Jones of Washington 2013 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Jones of Washington 2013 Rose’ of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

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

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Red Mountain Lemberger Estate Bottled, Red Mountain, $15

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Reserve, Red Mountain, $42

Kitzke Cellars 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $20

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $25

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Riesling Sunnyslope Cuvee, Snake River Valley, $12

Kyra Wines 2013 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Kyra Wines 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20

Lady Hill Winery 2011 Tapteil Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

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

Lady Hill Winery 2012 Ad Lucem Daystar Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Seven Poplars Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $26

Latah Creek Wine Cellars NV Monarch Red, Washington, $20

Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery 2013 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $25

Love & Squalor 2011 Antsy Pants Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $38

Lumos Wine Co. 2012 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $38

Maryhill Winery 2009 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon , Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $25

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

Maryhill Winery 2009 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Marvell GSM Hattrup Farms, Rattlesnake Hills, $40

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

Maverick Estate Winery 2011 Rubicon, British Columbia, $24

McKinley Springs 2010 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Mellisoni Vineyards 2013 45 Degrees, Lake Chelan, $40

Mercer Estates 2013 Zephyr Ridge Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Mercer Estates 2011 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Mourvedre, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Mercer Estates 2011 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Mercer Estates 2013 Mercer Canyons Riesling, Yakima Valley, $13

Mercer Estates 2013 Culloden Vineyard Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 Kelly Hrudey Old Main Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $30

Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $25

Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 McLean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $40

Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $14

Mission Hill Family Estate 2010 Compendium, Okanagan Valley, $60

Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley, $38

Moon Curser Vineyards 2011 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley, $38

My Derby Wife 2013 Killer Bee-otch Viognier, Columbia Valley, $19

Native Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Northwest Cellars 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28

Obelisco Estate Winery 2011 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $70

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

Palencia Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2012 Bistro Rouge, Washington, $15

Pondera Winery 2011 SVS #1 Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, $45

Purple Star 2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $12

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

Reininger Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $43

Reininger Winery 2009 Helix Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $29

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

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2012 Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

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

Robert Karl Cellars 2011 Claret, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Savage Grace Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $28

Savage Grace Wines 2013 Copeland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills, $26

Savage Grace Wines 2013 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $26

Savage Grace Wines 2013 Red Willow Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $19

Savage Grace Wines 2013 Underwood Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $32

Savage Grace Wines 2012 Syrah-Grenache, Columbia Valley, $27

Savage Grace Wines 2013 Underwood Mountain Vineyards Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $21

Saviah Cellars 2012 Une Vallee Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Saviah Cellars 2012 G.S.M., Columbia Valley, $38

Saviah Cellars 2013 The Jack Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15

Saviah Cellars 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Saviah Cellars 2013 Star Meadows White Wine, Columbia Valley, $22

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Tempranillo, Southern Oregon, $38

Silvan Ridge Winery 2013 Silvan Ridge Early Muscat, Willamette Valley, $15

Silvara Vineyards 2012 Silvara Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $32

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Silvara Riesling, Yakima Valley, $22

Smasne Cellars 2011 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $44

Smasne Cellars 2011 The Farmer Red, Columbia Valley, $18

Solena Estate 2012 Grande Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Sonoris Wines 2009 The Source, Columbia Valley, $30

Spangler Vineyards 2011 Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley, $30

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Petit Verdot, Oregon, $39

Spindrift Cellars 2013 OSU Woodhall III Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

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

Structure Cellars 2012 Foundation Merlot, Yakima Valley, $25

SuLei Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Tamarack Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $36

Tamarack Cellars 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $26

Telaya Wine Co. 2012 Turas, Snake River Valley, $30

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2009 Signature Series Block 8 Syrah, Red Mountain, $42

The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2010 Darighe, Columbia Valley, $65

Thurston Wolfe 2011 Touriga Nacional Port, Yakima Valley, $16

Thurston Wolfe 2011 Reserve Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Thurston Wolfe 2013 Albarino, Yakima Valley, $18

Thurston Wolfe 2012 The Spaniard, Columbia Valley, $20

Thurston Wolfe 2013 PGV, Columbia Valley, $16

Tranche Cellars 2009 Slice of Pape, Columbia Valley, $35

Tranche Cellars 2010 Blue Mountain Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Treveri Cellars NV Rosé, Columbia Valley, $18

Treveri Cellars NV Riesling, Columbia Valley, $17

Trio Vintners 2011 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $26

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

Two Vintners 2012 Some Days are Stones Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Upchurch Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $62

Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $18

van Loben Sels Cellars 2012 Bona Dea, Columbia Valley, $55

Viento Wines 2013 Allegre Vineyard Savvy Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $20

Viento Wines 2011 Underwood Mountain Vineyards Gruner Veltliner, Columbia Gorge, $22

Viento Wines 2012 Annala Vineyard Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $40

Viento Wines 2011 Vento Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $40

Walla Walla Vintners 2011 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Wautoma Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48

Wautoma Wines 2011 El Prat, Columbia Valley, $28

Westport Winery 2013 Swimmer Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $29

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2011 Hannah Pinot Noir, Willlamette Valley, $48

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 O’Brien Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $100

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $14

Williamson Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $35

Williamson Vineyards NV Doce Dessert Wine, Snake River Valley, $25

Williamson Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $15

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

Zerba Cellars 2011 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Zerba Cellars 2012 Mourvèdre, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Bronze

Airfield Estates 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $15

AniChe Cellars 2011 7 Gables, Columbia Valley, $26

Bella Wines 2013 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $24

Bergevin Lane Vineyards 2013 Linen Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $11

Bunnell Family Cellar 2008 Northridge Vineyard Mourvedre, Wahluke Slope, $36

Bunnell Family Cellar 2008 Boushey-McPherson Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $42

Cascade Cliffs 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $50

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16

Claar Cellars 2009 White Bluffs Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Malbec, Washington, $28

Coiled Wines 2013 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

Covington Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35

Doyenne 2011 Aix, Yakima Valley, $39

Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $42

Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42

Eleven Winery 2012 Sugarloaf Vineyard Mourvedre, Yakima Valley, $35

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

For a Song 2012 The Score, Columbia Valley, $12

For a Song 2012 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $17

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley, $15

Huston Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

JoieFarm 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $23

JoieFarm 2013 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, $24

Kamari 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $24

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

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

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

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $22

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $20

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2011 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $16

Long Shadows Vintners 2013 Dance Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $37

Long Shadows Vintners 2011 Chester-Kidder, Columbia Valley, $50

Long Shadows Vintners 2013 Poet’s Leap, Columbia Valley, $20

Long Shadows Vintners 2013 Nine Hats Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery 2013 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $25

Martinez & Martinez 2013 Tudor Hills Vineyard Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley, $16

Mercer Estates 2011 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Meyer Family Vineyards 2012 Reimer Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $40

Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Columbia Gorge, $17

Northstar 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $50

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Page Cellars 2010 Cellar Dweller, Red Mountain, $47

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Idaho, $18

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2010 Merlot, Washington, $21

Reininger Winery 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $41

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

Saviah Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $22

Smasne Cellars 2010 Upland Vineyard Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Snipes Mountain, $50

Solena Estate 2011 Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

Sonoris Wines 2012 Pure Grace, Columbia Valley, $18

Sparkman Cellars 2013 Birdie, Columbia Valley, $18

The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2010 Maghee Merlot, Columbia Valley, $65

Two Vintners 2013 O.G. Gewurztraminer, Yakima Valley, $28

Viento Wines 2012 Chukar Ridge Vineyard Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $30

Viento Wines 2012 Retro Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $20

Watermill Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Westport Winery 2013 Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $25

Westport Winery 2011 Jetty Cat, Columbia Valley, $28

Wild Goose Vineyards 2012 Mystic River Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $20

Wild Goose Vineyards 2012 Stoney Slope Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $20

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Block 10 Pinot Noir , Dundee Hills, $44

Winter’s Hill Estate 2013 Dry Rosé Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $19

Zerba Cellars 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah, Walla Walla Valley, $50

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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