Southern Oregon winery wins 5 golds in San Diego

By on February 6, 2015
Stephen Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore., will be participating in this year's first Steamboat Inn Guest Chef and Winemaker Dinner. The historic Oregon river resort has expanded its schedule to 26 dinners.

Stephen Reustle of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore., won five gold medals and two silvers at the San Diego International Wine Competition. (Photo courtesy of Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards)

SAN DIEGO – Wines from Washington and Oregon earned 16 gold medals at the prestigious San Diego International Wine Competition, including five golds for Southern Oregon producer Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards.

“Competition at San Diego is always very steep,” said owner/winemaker Stephen Reustle. “To be awarded five gold medals and two silver medals speaks highly of our vines and vineyards, as well as the Umpqua Valley’s potential.”

Basic CMYKReustle won gold for Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo and Pinot Gris.

“Being awarded medals across the different varieties shows the promise of our vineyard site for both cool-climate as well as warm-climate varieties,” he told Great Northwest Wine. “San Diego is always a great indicator of how these wines will develop and perform at future competitions. I’m excited to watch and see how nice the 2013 vintage will become.”

The 2013 Eroica Riesling, a collaboration between Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle and German’s Ernst Loosen, earned the title of best Riesling, while Ste. Michelle’s 2013 Dry Riesling also earned a gold medal. Sister winery Columbia Crest also won gold for its 2012 H3 Les Chevaux red blend.

Fellow Woodinville, Wash., winery Woodhouse Wine Estates won gold medals for its Darighe 2010 red blend and Kennedy Shah 2010 Cabernet Franc.

Longtime Yakima Valley winery Hyatt Vineyards won three gold medals, including two under its Roza Ridge label.

Here are the complete Northwest results of the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition:

Gold/best Riesling

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

Gold

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

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

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Darighe 2010 Proprietor’s Blend, Columbia Valley, $65

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $13

Kennedy Shah 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $45

Mullan Road Cellars 2012 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $45

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Hebron Bloc Grenache, Umpqua Valley, $27

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Masada Bloc Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Cana Bloc Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley, $23

Roza Ridge 2011 Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Roza Ridge 2010 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Ruby Magdalena Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

Silver

14 Hands Winery 2011 Reserve Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

14 Hands Winery 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

14 Hands Winery 2011 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Charles & Charles 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Mimi Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Columbia Crest 2011 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

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

Columbia Crest 2013 H3 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Anniversary Cuvée, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2013 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Eye of the Needle Winery NV The Eye Red, Columbia Valley, $12

Eye of the Needle Winery 2012 Otis Vineyard Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $22

Eye of the Needle Winery NV 12th Blend, Columbia Valley, $15

Fletcher Bay Winery 2011 Reserve Tara Rouge, Yakima Valley, $30

Hedgeline Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Washington, $9

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills, $13

Kennedy Shah 2012 Reserve DuBrul Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $25

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Golgotha Bloc Malbec, Umpqua Valley, $31

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2013 Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Roza Ridge 2012 Block 2 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Roza Ridge 2011 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $13

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Select Riesling, Columbia Valley, $8

Sweet Cheeks Winery 2013 Riesling, Oregon, $14

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley, $18

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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