Spring Valley, Woodward Canyon each earn 2 double golds in Florida

By on April 13, 2016
Woodward Canyon Winery's 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon is the top wine in The Seattle Times top 50 wines of 2015.

Owner Rick Small, left, and winemaker Kevin Mott are the two behind the Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, which was The Seattle Times Wine of the Year for 2015. The 2013 vintage recently earned a double gold medal at the 2016 American Fine Competition in Florida. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Woodward Canyon, one of Walla Walla’s iconic brands, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ “String of Pearls” shined Friday at the Hyatt Pier 66 during the ninth annual American Fine Wine Competition gala.

Rick Small’s latest Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon from Woodward Canyon, the 2013 vintage of the Dedication Series, and his 2012 Erratic Red Wine each received double gold medals from the Florida judging staged in January. The Woodward Canyon 2013 Estate Chardonnay also picked up a gold medal.

The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio struck gold six times in the competition, which generated more than 750 entries.

Judges also were unanimous in twice lauding the work of Serge Laville, who makes intense reds for Ste. Michelle’s Spring Valley Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. His 2012 Katherine Corkrum and 2012 Frederick red wines both earned double gold.

Col Solare and winemaker Darel Allwine earned a double gold for the 2012 Red Wine, a blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and the vintage that marked the first time Red Mountain supplied 100 percent of the fruit.

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Bertheau wins 3 golds

Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau prepares to unveil the 2012 Artist Series Meritage at the Chihuly Boathouse in Seattle, as Dale Chihuly, left, and Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates smile on Monday, July 20, 2015. The wine won a gold medal at the 2016 American Fine Wine Competition in Florida.

Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau prepares to unveil the 2012 Artist Series Meritage at the Chihuly Boathouse in Seattle as Dale Chihuly, left, and Ted Baseler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, smile July 20, 2015. The wine won a gold medal at the 2016 American Fine Wine Competition in Florida. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle garnered three gold medals, a pair for his annual collaboration with famed German Riesling producer Ernst Loosen — the 2013 Eroica Riesling Ice Wine and the 2013 Eroica Gold – and his 2012 Artist Series Meritage Red Wine, which features artwork by famed Dale Chihuly on the label.

The charity gala, which benefits the Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge, featured winners and top wines from the competition. There were 622 medals were awarded.

Pacific Northwest medal winners

Walla Walla Valley winemaker Serge Laville won a pair of double gold medals for Spring Valley Vineyards at the 2016 American Fine Wine Competition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Walla Walla Valley winemaker Serge Laville won a pair of double gold medals for Spring Valley Vineyards – within the “String of Pearls” for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates  – at the 2016 American Fine Wine Competition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Double gold medal

Col Solare 2012 Red Wine, Red Mountain, $75
Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Katherine Corkrum Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $50
Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Frederick Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $50
Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Dedication Series Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $99
Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Erratic Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $66

Gold medal

Barrister Winery 2012 Sagemoor, Columbia Valley,$35
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Artist Series Meritage Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $65
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2013 Eroica Riesling Ice Wine, Horse Heaven Hills,$60
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2013 Eroica Gold, Columbia Valley, $30
Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Walla Walla, $66

Silver medal

Barrister Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $31
Barrister Winery 2013 Merlot, Red Mountain, $29
Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $22
Blakeslee Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $32
EFESTE 2012 Ceidleigh Syrah, Red Mountain, $39
EFESTE Evergreen 2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $20
Kestrel Vintners 2012 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $50
Kestrel Vintners 2010 Syrah, Yakima Valley, $50
Kestrel Vintners 2012 Olsen Vineyard Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $65
Kestrel Vintners 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $50
Kestrel Vintners 2010 Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley, $50

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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