Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

By on October 13, 2014
Phelps Creek Pinot Noir wins Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

The Phelps Creek Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir was the top wine in the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Pinot Noir crafted from Columbia Gorge grapes earned top honors at the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition.

Phelps Creek Vineyards‘ 2012 Pinot Noir earned the nod for best of show out of 95 wines from 20 wineries. Mt. Hood Winery‘s 2013 Riesling won the title of best white wine.

Bob Morus, owner of Phelps Creek, began planting his vines in 1990 above the town of Hood River with a view of Mount Hood to the south. He now farms 30 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are Pinot Noir. His wines are made by Alexandrine Roy, a fourth-generation winemaker from Burgundy, France.

Other gold medal winners came from nearby Cathedral Ridge Winery and Maryhill Winery.

The competition was conducted by Great Northwest Wine at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. The judges included wine professionals from Oregon, Washington and California.

Best of show, double gold and best red wine

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $34

Best white wine

Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $17

Gold

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2013 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

Maryhill Winery 2011 Hattrup Farms Mourvèdre, Rattlesnake Hills, $40

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

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $26

Silver

AniChe Cellars 2013 Come & Go, Yakima Valley, $20

AniChe Cellars 2011 Goat Boy, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

AniChe Cellars 2012 Sirius, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

AniChe Cellars 2011 Moth Love, Horse Heaven Hills, $34

Brehm Vineyards NV Riesling, Washington, $10

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Viognier, Columbia Gorge, $21

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $23

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Moody Viineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $44

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Cerulean 2010 Underwood Mountain Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $25

Cerulean 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $25

Cerulean Skies 2010 Nebbiolo, Columbia Gorge, $30

Cerulean Skies 2010 Merlot, Columbia Gorge, $25

Coyote Wall 2013 TYKHE Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $24

Domaine Poullion 2010 McKinley Springs Vineyard Pierre, Horse Heaven Hills, $26

Heart Catcher Wines 2011 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge, $30

Heart Catcher Wines 2012 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge, $32

Hood Crest Winery 2010 Vintner’s Select Sangiovese, Columbia Gorge, $35

Hood Crest Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Gorge, $28

Maryhill Winery 2011 Grenache Proprietor’s Reserve, Columbia Valley, $40

Maryhill Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24

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

Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Gunkel Vineyard Barbera, Columbia Valley, $32

Mt. Hood Winery NV Summit, None, $19

Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Scorched Earth Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley, $34

Pacifica 2012 Evan’s Collection Pinot Noir, Oregon, $25

Pacifica 2011 Evan’s Collection Meritage, Washington, $33

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $34

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2011 Regina Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $49

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2012 Cuvée Alexandrine Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $49

Springhouse Cellar 2011 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $24

Springhouse Cellar 2012 Syrah, Columbia Gorge, $25

The Pines 1852 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $28

The Pines 1852 2012 McDuffee Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Gorge, $30

The Pines 1852 2012 The Pines Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $40

Waving Tree Winery 2008 Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $25

Waving Tree Winery 2010 Estate Grenache, Columbia Valley, $20

White Salmon Vineyard NV Lot III Estate Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $18

White Salmon Vineyard 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $24

White Salmon Vineyard NV Lot 2 Perfect Blend, Columbia Gorge, $12

Bronze

AniChe Cellars 2013 Bombadil, Yakima Valley, $24

AniChe Cellars 2011 Be Holden, Columbia Valley, $26

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Malbec, Columbia Gorge, $22

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Tempranillo, Columbia Gorge, $22

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge, $18

Cabernet Creek Farms 2013 Syrah, Columbia Gorge, $22

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Bangsund Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir , Columbia Valley, $48

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $38

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Necessity White, Columbia Valley, $28

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $48

Cerulean Skies 2011 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $36

Coyote Wall 2012 Village Red, Columbia Gorge, $28

Hood Crest Winery 2012 Vintner’s Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Gorge, $35

Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $24

Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Davidson Hill Vineyard Malbec Dry Rosé, Columbia Gorge, $19

The Pines 1852 2012 The Pines Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Gorge, $24

Waving Tree Winery 2009 Estate Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $25

Waving Tree Winery NV The Works Winemaker’s Blend, Columbia Valley, $20

White Salmon Vineyard NV Big White Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $16

White Salmon Vineyard NV Spicy White, Columbia Gorge, $7

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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