Chateau Ste. Michelle Rieslings shine in West Coast Wine Competition

By on March 6, 2015
Bob Bertheau is the head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Under the direction of head winemaker Bob Bertheau, Chateau Ste. Michelle makes more Riesling than any other winery in the world. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The world’s largest producer of Riesling also proved to be among the best at the West Coast Wine Competition.

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s largest and oldest winery, earned “Best West Coast Riesling” for its 2013 Cold Creek Riesling, as well as gold medals for its 2013 Eroica Riesling, 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling and 2011 Artist Series Meritage.

Claar Cellars in Pasco, Wash., won a double gold and best of class for its 2011 Syrah, as well as a gold and best of class for its Le Chateau 2012 Petit Verdot.

Columbia Crest won a double gold medal for its popular and affordable H3 Les Chevaux Red.

College Cellars in Walla Walla won gold medals for its 2013 GSM and 2012 Cab Franc.

And Zerba Cellars in Milton-Freewater, Ore., won a gold and best of class for its 2012 Cab Franc.

The West Coast Wine Competition began in 1975, making it one of the oldest wine judgings in the United States. It is owned and operated by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine in Sonoma County.

Here are the complete Northwest results of the judging.

Double gold/Best West Coast Riesling

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

Double gold/best of class

Claar Cellars 2011 White Bluffs Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

Gold/best of class

Le Chateau 2012 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $30

Zerba Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Double gold

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Les Chevaux Red, Columbia Valley, $15

Gold

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $57

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley, $30

College Cellars 2013 GSM, Walla Walla Valley, $22

College Cellars 2012 Stan Clarke Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Petit Verdot, Oregon, $39

Silver

14 Hands Winery 2012 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

College Cellars 2013 Semillon, Walla Walla Valley, $14

College Cellars 2012 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $14

College Cellars 2012 Cockburn Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26

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

EdenVale Winery 2008 Reserve Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $45

Melrose Vineyards 2012 Viognier, Umpqua Valley, $18

Melrose Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $28

Seven Falls Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Claret, Southern Oregon, $27

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Zinfandel, Alexander Valley, $28

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley, $30

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese, Oregon, $30

Spangler Vineyards 2013 Alicante Boushet, Amador County, $39

Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard 2013 Riesling, Oregon, $14

Tsillan Cellars 2013 Nudo Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $18

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Sinistra, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Barbera, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $32

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $20

Zerba Cellars 2012 Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Zerba Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Bronze

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $28

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

College Cellars 2013 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge, $22

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

Demri Layne 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

EdenVale Winery 2008 Reserve Merlot, Rogue Valley, $32

Melrose Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $20

Serendipity Winery 2013 Viognier, Okanagan Valley, $20

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Hunter’s Red, Yakima Valley, $22

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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