Jones of Washington tops North Central Washington Wine Awards

By on August 23, 2015
North Central Washington Wine Awards

Victor Palencia, head winemaker for Jones of Washington, stands in an estate vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. His 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from these grapes won best of show at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards in Wenatchee. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Victor Palencia’s magical year continues.

On Saturday evening, the winemaker for Jones of Washington won best of show at the fifth annual North Central Washington Wine Awards.

Palencia earned the distinction for his 2014 Sauvignon Blanc using grapes from the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. The Jones of Washington 2014 Rosé of Syrah earned best rosé. Jones also won two medals for double gold and best of class, as well as three gold medals.

Jones of Washington wines are made in Mattawa, and the winery has tasting rooms in Wenatchee and Quincy.

In addition to being head winemaker for Jones of Washington, Palencia also owns Palencia Winery and Vino la Monarcha in Walla Walla.

In April, Palencia won best of show at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition for his Vino la Monarcha 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir. In June, his Palencia Winery 2014 Sauvignon Blanc won best white wine at the third annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition – along with six other gold medals.

Silvara Vineyards near Leavenworth won best red wine for its 2013 red blend. Two years ago, the winery’s 2010 Quartette, also a red blend, won best of show at the North Central Washington Wine Awards.

Legend Cellars on the north shore of Lake Chelan won best dessert wine for Vincitore, a sweet vermouth.

Cave B Estate Winery near George won six gold medals at this year’s competition.

The North Central Washington Wine Awards and the accompanying Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival is put together by Foothills Magazine, which is owned by the Wenatchee World newspaper. The judging is conducted by the staff of Great Northwest Wine.

Here are the complete results of the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards:

Best of show

Jones of Washington 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $15

Best red wine

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Red Blend, Washington, $32

Best rosé

Jones of Washington 2014 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Best dessert wine

Legend Cellars NV Vincitore, Columbia Valley, $30

Double gold/best of class

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $36

Beaumont Cellars 2014 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $27

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2011 Estate Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $30

Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Reserve Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $30

Jones of Washington 2014 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Stemilt Creek Winery NV Adelaide Sherwood Mathison Sweet Adelaide, Columbia Valley, $13

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Nudo Unoaked Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $18

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Gold/Best of class

Cairdeas Winery 2012 Counoise, Yakima Valley, $36

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $33

Lost River Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Viognier, Washington, $16

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $25

Double gold

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Confluence, Washington, $45

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $30

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Shaw Vineyard Ryder’s Red Cabernet Sauvignon , Red Mountain, $40

Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Shaw Vineyard Malbec, Red Mountain, $28

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $32

Tunnel Hill Winery 2014 Riesling, Lake Chelan, $17

Gold

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $29

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Cabriovese, Lake Chelan, $34

Brender Canyon Vineyard 2012 Syrah, Washington, $30

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Malbec, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $38

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Barbera, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $35

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Viognier, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Cavewoman White, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $14

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Milbrandt Vineyards Free Run Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $33

Crayelle Cellars 2014 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $21

Eagle Creek Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $20

Eagle Creek Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $18

Errant Cellars 2013 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $22

Esther Bricques Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Estate Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20

Jones of Washington 2011 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

Jones of Washington 2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10

Jones of Washington 2014 Estate Vineyards Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $15

Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Al Y Kat Rosé, Washington, $17

Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Reserve Syrah, Washington, $32

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Needlerock Vineyard Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $28

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $18

Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28

Plain Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30

Plain Cellars 2012 Eclipse, Columbia Valley, $30

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Silvara Vineyards 2014 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $24

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Estate Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan, $16

Viento Ridge 2009 Cinsault, Wahluke Slope, $12

Viento Ridge 2009 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $12

Vin du Lac Winery 2013 Lehm Rieseling, Lake Chelan, $23

Voila Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $24

Wedge Mountain Winery 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28

Silver

37 Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

37 Cellars 2012 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

37 Cellars 2010 Quartet, Columbia Valley, $30

Beaumont Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope, $30

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $29

Beaumont Cellars 2014 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $19

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $28

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $28

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $35

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $32

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Nebbiolo, Lake Chelan, $45

Brender Canyon Vineyard 2012 29 Red Rows, Washington, $22

Cairdeas Winery MV Tri 3, Columbia Valley, $32

Cairdeas Winery 2012 C2, Wahluke Slope, $39

Cairdeas Winery 2014 Saignée Rosé, Yakima Valley, $22

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Semillon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $22

Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Cave B Vineyards Cuvee du Soleil, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $50

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $22

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Dry Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Tempranillo, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $33

Cave B Estate Winery 2014 Cave B Vineyards Cuvee Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Commander’s Reserve Port, Washington, $45

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $35

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Provence, Washington, $38

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Tre Amori, Washington, $43

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 Estate Vineyard Merlot, Lake Chelan, $25

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 CE Vineyards Stillwater Creek Vineyard Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $40

Chelan Estate Winery 2009 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $25

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 CE Vineyards Stillwater Creek Vineyard Reserve Red, Columbia Valley, $30

Crayelle Cellars 2013 Gabriel’s Horn, Columbia Valley, $25

Crayelle Cellars 2013 Bishop’s Block, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $29

Eagle Creek Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $23

Eagle Creek Winery 2012 White Riesling, Columbia Valley

Errant Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $22

Errant Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $22

Errant Cellars 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $22

Errant Cellars 2013 8/05 Red, Columbia Valley, $24

Errant Cellars 2014 Patio White, Columbia Valley, $17

Esther Bricques Winery 2013 Syrah, Washington, $25

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $20

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Estate Wildwood Blend, Wahluke Slope, $24

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2013 Estate Mélange de la Forêt, Wahluke Slope, $24

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Estate Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $15

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $25

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Burning Desire Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $45

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $28

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Good in Bed Sparkling Wine, Lake Chelan, $42

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $35

Horan Estates Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24

Horan Estates Winery 2012 HVH, Columbia Valley, $22

Icicle Ridge Winery 2014 Albariño, Columbia Valley, $42

Icicle Ridge Winery 2014 The Blondes Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $35

Icicle Ridge Winery 2012 Vintner’s Reserve Blend, Washington, $65

Jones of Washington 2011 Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

Jones of Washington 2012 Pybus Market Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17

Jones of Washington 2014 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $14

Jones of Washington 2011 Barrel Select, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $17

Legend Cellars NV Ladies First White Vermouth, Columbia Valley, $22

Lost River Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26

Lost River Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $18

Lost River Winery 2012 Cedarosa, Columbia Valley, $28

Malaga Springs Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $20

Malaga Springs Winery 2011 Evolution Malbec, Red Mountain, $22

Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Reserve Zinfandel, Washington, $32

Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $15

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Needlerock Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $26

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Muscat Canelli, Columbia Valley, $9

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Appleblock Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Needlerock Vineyard Tess’s Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $24

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $15

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Peddler’s White, Columbia Valley, $14

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

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

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

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Evergreen Vineyard The Estates Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Washington, $18

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Washington, $18

Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

Plain Cellars 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28

Plain Cellars 2012 GMS Just Plain Red, Columbia Valley, $28

Plain Cellars 2012 Summer Solstice Red, Columbia Valley, $30

Plain Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley, $28

Reiman Simmons 2012 House Red Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $17

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Cabin Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Rio Vista Wines 2014 Come Fly With Me Estate Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Loony Red, Columbia Valley, $28

Rio Vista Wines 2014 Wild Rose Rosé, Columbia Valley, $24

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Tempranillo, Lake Chelan, $32

Rio Vista Wines 2014 Wacky White, Columbia Valley, $20

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $40

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

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Rock Island Red, Wahluke Slope, $20

Silvara Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Silvara Vineyards 2014 Moscato, Washington, $24

Silvara Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $24

Snowgrass Winery 2013 Heart of the Hill Vineyard Rapscallion Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, $30

Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Thomas Clyde Mathison A Day’s Work Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26

Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Estate Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $22

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan, $30

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan, $14

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan, $18

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Syrah, Lake Chelan, $28

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $32

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Viognier, Lake Chelan, $18

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Sacrilege, Lake Chelan, $25

Tunnel Hill Winery NV Camino, Lake Chelan, $17

Viento Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $12

Villa Monaco Winery 2012 Corner Store Cab, Washington, $25

Villa Monaco Winery 2012 Ruthie’s Reserve, Washington, $24

Vin du Lac Winery 2011 Lehmbecker Upland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snipes Mountain, $45

Vin du Lac Winery 2011 Lehmbecker Michaela’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $45

Vin du Lac Winery 2013 Lehm Sauvignon Blanc, Lake Chelan, $23

Voila Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $24

Voila Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $22

Wedge Mountain Winery NV Les Chevaux de la Montagne, Wahluke Slope, $28

Bronze

37 Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $37

37 Cellars 2011 Sagemoor Farms Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $37

Beaumont Cellars 2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $17

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake Chelan, $43

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Meritage, Lake Chelan, $39

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cave B Vineyards Caveman Red, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2012 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $38

Crayelle Cellars 2014 Neve’s Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $19

Eagle Creek Winery NV Vintage Select Montage, Columbia Valley, $25

Errant Cellars 2013 Merlot, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $21

Errant Cellars 2013 Henry’s Red, Columbia Valley, $21

Errant Cellars 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

Esther Bricques Winery 2013 Semillon, Washington, $15

Ginkgo Forest Estate Winery 2013 Ginkgo Botanicals, Wahluke Slope, $20

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Estate Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $15

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $32

Horan Estates Winery 2012 Bottoms Up Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $20

Horan Estates Winery 2013 Viognier, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $20

Horan Estates Winery 2013 Duet, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $20

Kamari 2011 Reserve Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $36

Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Blanc de Noir, Washington, $15

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio, Washington, $12

Plain Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $26

Plain Cellars 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $17

Rio Vista Wines 2014 Sunset on the River, Columbia Valley, $20

Snowgrass Winery 2013 La Ferme Ta Gueule, Red Mountain, $22

Snowgrass Winery 2012 Entiatqua Cabernet-Merlot, Red Mountain, $28

Snowgrass Winery 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Goat Nuit Syrah, Red Mountain, $22

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Thomas Clyde Mathison A Day’s Work Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26

Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Tom “TK” Mathison Caring Passion Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Tom “TK” Mathison Caring Passion Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Stemilt Creek Winery NV Marie Antoinette Sherwood Nettie Rosé, Columbia Valley, $12

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Sinistra, Lake Chelan, $28

Tunnel Hill Winery NV Setenta, Columbia Valley, $33

Tunnel Hill Winery 2014 Viognier, Lake Chelan, $19

Viento Ridge 2009 Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $12

Wedge Mountain Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

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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