Northwest wines shine in Dallas judging

By on June 12, 2015
Outstanding wines are worth searching for.

Pacific Northwest wineries performed well at the annual TEXSOM International Wine Awards in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt/Digital Photo Mentor)

DALLAS, Texas – More than 20 Northwest wines earned gold medals this spring at the prestigious TEXSOM International Wine Awards.

The judging, formerly known as the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, began in 1985 under the guidance of Rebecca Murphy, a respected wine writer in Dallas who now lives in the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, she handed the competition over to TEXSOM, a conference of Texas wine sommeliers, which now owns and operates the judging.

The Northwest judges included winemaker Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, writer Cole Danehower of Portland and sommelier Jake Kosseff of Seattle.

Overall, wineries from Washington and Oregon won 198 medals at the 2015 competition. Here are the results:

Gold

Basel Cellars 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Bethel Heights Vineyard 2012 Aeolian Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $43

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

Charles Smith Wines 2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

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

Chehalem Wines 2012 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

College Cellars 2012 Clarke Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $20

DeLille Cellars 2012 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $70

Ken Wright Cellars 2011 Tyrus Evan Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Kontos Cellars 2011 Alatus Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $36

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Left Coast Cellars 2013 The Orchards Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $18

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

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $26

Panther Creek 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

Revelry Vintners 2011 D11 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

Revelry Vintners 2011 Block D Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $52

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Stoller Family Estate 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $30

Va Piano 2012 DuBrul Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $95

Vista Hills 2012 Treehouse Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

Silver

A to Z 2013 Chardonnay, Oregon, $14

A to Z 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14

Abacela 2012 Barrel Select Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $55

Abacela 2013 Albarino, Umpqua Valley, $20

Acrobat 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $12

Amavi Cellars 2012 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Basel Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

BBQ Wine Co. NV Oink Red, Washington, $15

Bethel Heights Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $33

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Tribute, Columbia Valley, $30

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $30

Charles & Charles 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Charles Smith Wines 2013 Boom Boom Syrah, Columbia Valley, $15

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

Col Solare 2011 Red, Red Mountain, $75

College Cellars 2012 Summit View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $35

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

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

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

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

Columbia Winery 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $14

Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $40

Doyenne 2012 AIX, Red Mountain, $46

Dusted Valley Vintners 2012 StoneTree Vineyard Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $19

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19

Erath 2012 Prince Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

Forgeron Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Gravel Bar 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $18

Ken Wright Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $26

Ken Wright Cellars 2013 Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $63

King Estate 2013 Signature Collection Pinot Gris, Oregon, $17

Kontos Cellars 2011 Brynnan, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Kontos Cellars 2012 Summit View Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Kontos Cellars 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, $60

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Left Coast Cellars 2013 Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Left Coast Cellars 2013 White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

J. Christopher 2012 Cuvée Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $40

Lumos Wine Co. 2012 Five Blocks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Mark Ryan Winery 2012 The Dissident, Columbia Valley, $35

Mark Ryan Winery 2011 Long Haul, Red Mountain, $55

Mark Ryan Winery 2012 Dead Horse, Red Mountain, $55

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Northridge Vineyard Sentinel, Wahluke Slope, $55

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Katherine Leone Vineyard The Estates Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $26

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Northridge Vineyard The Estates Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Northwest Cellars 2012 Cadenza, Columbia Valley, $36

Northwest Cellars 2012 Cordon Grove Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

OS Winery 2012 Sonas Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $25

Pacific Rim 2013 Solstice Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $24

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $65

Revelry Vintners 2011 Reserve Alder Ridge Vineyard Block 8 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

Revelry Vintners 2012 Weinbau Vineyard, Block 13 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $52

Robert Ramsay 2011 Mourvedre, Columbia Valley, $35

Ross Andrew Winery 2012 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $20

Rôtie Cellars 2012 Northern Blend, Washington, $48

Soter Vineyards 2012 Reserve North Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Old Vines Evermore Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $100

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Ruckus Syrah, Red Mountain, $48

Stoller Family Estate 2012 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard 2010 Signature Series Block 8 Syrah, Red Mountain, $42

Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard 2009 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $45

Thurston Wolfe 2012 Zephyr Ridge Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Upchurch Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

van Löben Sels Cellars 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $55

Westport Winery 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Bordello Blonde, Yakima Valley, $25

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Windy Bay 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Bronze

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

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

A to Z 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $19

Abacela 2013 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $17

Acrobat 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20

Andrew Will 2011 Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, $76

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2011 Dionysus, Columbia Valley, $45

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2012 Five Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $20

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

Archery Summit 2013 Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $54

Barrister 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28

Barrister 2010 Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $31

Basel Cellars 2010 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Beresan Winery 2008 Stone River, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Bethel Heights Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills, $30

Brooks Wine 2013 Bois Joli Vineyard Riesling, Eola-Amity Hills, $24

Brooks Wine 2010 Rastaban, Eola-Amity Hills, $55

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 489 Triage, Columbia Valley, $12

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 The Expedition Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $24

Castillo de Feliciana 2012 Rosebud Vineyard Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $18

Castle Rock Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $11

Charles Smith Wines 2013 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $20

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

Chehalem Wines 2012 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $40

Chehalem Wines 2011 Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $60

College Cellars 2014 Red Boar Vineyard Muscat Ottonel, Walla Walla Valley, $15

College Cellars 2013 GSM, Walla Walla Valley, $22

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

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

Columbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $14

Columbia Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

DaMa Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

DaMa Wines 2011 DaMaNation, Washington, $35

DeLille Cellars 2013 Chaleur Estate, Columbia Valley, $44

Michelle Sparkling Wines NV Brut Rose, Columbia Valley, $14

Michelle Sparkling Wines NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $14

Dunham Cellars 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

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

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19

Evolution Wine NV 18th Edition Evolution White, Oregon, $15

Firesteed Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Firesteed Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13

Gravel Bar 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $16

Grizzly Peak 2013 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20

Grochau Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $35

K Vintners 2013 Milbrandt, Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $30

Ken Wright Cellars 2011 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Washington, $28

King Estate 2013 Signature Collection Pinot Noir, Oregon, $28

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

Kontos Cellars 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $38

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

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

L’Ecole No 41 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $37

Left Coast Cellars 2013 Truffle Hill Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $24

Locus 2013 Rosé, Yakima Valley, $15

Locus 2012 StoneTree Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $25

J. Christopher 2012 Nuages Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $40

Maison L’Envoyé 2013 Two Messengers Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

McCleskey Cellars 2012 Horseleap Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

Melrose Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $28

Mercer Canyons 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Evergreen Vineyard The Estates Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $22

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $26

North by Northwest 2012 Red, Columbia Valley, $15

Northstar 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $40

Northstar 2010 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $50

OS Winery 2012 BSH Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

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

Panther Creek 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Primarius 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Revelry Vintners 2012 Weinbau Vineyard Block 19 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $54

Rex Hill 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

Rex Hill 2012 Seven Soils Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $33

Robert Ramsay 2011 Par La Mer, Columbia Valley, $35

Robert Ramsay 2012 Le Mien, Columbia Valley, $35

Roitie Cellars 2012 Southern Blend, Washington, $48

Rotie Cellars 2013 Southern White, Washington, $32

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Reserve Bacchus Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

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

Siduri 2012 Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $32

Sparkman 2012 Hallelujah, Red Mountain, $50

Terra Blanca 2010 ONYX, Red Mountain, $55

Charles Smith Wines 2013 Vino Pinot Grigio, Washington, $12

Thurston Wolfe 2014 PGV, Washington, $16

Thurston Wolfe 2010 The Geologist, Red, Columbia Valley, $50

Va Piano 2012 Les Collines Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $65

Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Old Vine The Aromatics Chevray Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $17

Waterbrook 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $22

Waterbrook 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley, $18

Wine By Joe 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $55

Winter’s Hill Estate 2013 Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, $17

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Artist Series #21 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $59

Woodward Canyon Winery 2011 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $99

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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