Oregon’s Reustle scores again in California wine judging

By on May 27, 2016
Dan Berger International Wine Competition

Dan Berger runs Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition in Santa Rosa, Calif. Pacific Northwest wineries won more than 150 medals at this year’s judging. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Southern Oregon’s Stephen Reustle continues to show why he deserves to be considered one of the nation’s top winemakers.

Stephen Reustle

Stephen Reustle is the owner and winemaker for Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

The owner of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore., earned best dessert wine at Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition in Northern California.

Reustle’s 2013 Rojo Dulce, a fortified dessert wine using the traditional Portuguese variety Tinta Roriz – aka Tempranillo – was voted top dessert wine by the panel of international judges.

Earlier this year, Reustle won five gold medals at the Savor NW Wine Awards and three gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Last year, his Syrah was rated best in the New World at the Six Nations Wine Challenge. He also won two unanimous Double Platinums at Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end best-of-the-best judging.

Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville, Wash., earned a best-of-class award for its 2012 Reserve Riesling, as did Latah Creek Wine Cellars in Spokane for its 2015 Moscato.

Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash., won two unanimous Chairman’s Awards and two additional gold medals.

And Red Rooster Winery in British Columbia brought home three gold medals.

Prior to this year, the competition was called the Riverside International Wine Competition and was staged in Southern California. This year, it was renamed Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition and moved to Northern California, where Berger lives.

Of the 32 judges at the DBIWC, three were from the Pacific Northwest: Ellen Landis of Vancouver, Wash.; Coke Roth of Richland, Wash.; and Andy Perdue of Great Northwest Wine.

Northwest wineries won more than 150 medals at this year’s judging. Here are the Northwest results.

The Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Rojo Dulce, a Port-style bottling made from Tinta Roriz, was chosen the best dessert wine at the 2013 Dan Berger International Wine Competition.

The Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Rojo Dulce, a Port-style bottling made from Tinta Roriz, was chosen the best dessert wine at the 2016 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Best dessert wine

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Rojo Dulce, Umpqua Valley, $24

Best of class

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

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 Moscato, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Chairman’s Award

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Artist Series, Columbia Valley, $65

Columbia Crest 2012 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Sèmillon, Okanagan Valley, $19

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $38

Maryhill Winery 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Syrah, Red Mountain, $36

Westport Winery 2014 Bordello Blonde, Yakima Valley, $27

Gold

Belle Fiore Winery 2013 Chamberland Vineyards Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $31

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Whistler Viognier Icewine, British Columbia, $55

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $26

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Twin Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Yakima Valley, $15

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $22

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $22

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, British Columbia, $16

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Dolcetto, Southern Oregon, $25

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Bella Rosa, California, $23

Zerba Cellars 2013 Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Zerba Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Silver

14 Hands Winery 2013 The Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Syrah, British Columbia, $25

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Sèmillon, British Columbia, $25

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Citation 2005 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $75

Columbia Crest 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Darighe 2012 Proprietor’s Blend, Columbia Valley, $65

Dussek 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $36

Firesteed 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13

Firesteed 2012 Riesling, Oregon, $13

Foxtrot Vineyards 2014 Four Shaddows, Okanagan Valley, $41

Foxtrot Vineyards 2013 Foxtrot, Okanagan Valley, $50

Girardet Wine Cellars 2014 Shale Rock Vineyards Riesling, Umpqua Valley, $15

JoieFarm 2014 Gamay, Okanagan Valley, $24

JoieFarm 2015 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, $24

JoieFarm 2015 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $23

JoieFarm 2013 En Famille Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $30

Kennedy Shah 2013 Reserve Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $42

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $30

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $26

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10

Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Zinfandel, Washington, $24

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Maryhill Winery 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

Maryhill Winery 2013 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $26

Maryhill Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $24

Maryhill Winery 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $24

Maryhill Winery 2013 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $26

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $34

Maryhill Winery 2012 Reserve Port, Columbia Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Painted Hills Vineyard Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $34

Maryhill Winery 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cinsault, Horse Heaven Hills, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Carménère, Rattlesnake Hills, $45

Maryhill Winery 2013 Northridge Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $40

Maryhill Winery 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Noble Ridge Winery & Vineyard 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, British Columbia, $26

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley, $15

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Riesling, Washington, $10

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Dry Riesling, Washington, $11

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Vin de Glaciere Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $15

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Smaragd Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Umpqua Valley, $21

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Malbec, Umpqua Valley, $31

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $39

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Umpqua Valley, $29

Spangler Vineyards 2013 Sangiovese, Oregon, $29

Spangler Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $27

Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $30

Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $35

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Sparkling Moscato, Southern Oregon, $30

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2012 Coeur Noir, Southern Oregon, $42

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Sangiovese, Southern Oregon, $45

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Vermentino, Southern Oregon, $27

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Riesling, Willamette Valley, $23

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Field Blend No. 1, California, $42

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Redacted, California, $45

Zerba Cellars 2013 Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Zerba Cellars 2013 Wild Z, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Bronze

14 Hands Winery 2013 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Viognier, British Columbia, $25

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, British Columbia, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Citation 2014 Chardonnay, Oregon, $35

Conviction Wines 2015 The Financier Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley, $14

Conviction Wines 2015 The Industrialist Sovereign Opal, Okanagan Valley, $14

Firesteed 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Firesteed 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Foxtrot Vineyards 2012 Henricsson Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, $44

Girardet Wine Cellars 2013 Shale Rock Vineyards Chardonnay, Umpqua Valley, $20

Intrinsic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $22

JoieFarm 2014 PTG, Okanagan Valley, $24

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Safed, Okanagan Valley, $16

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Meritage, Okanagan Valley, $22

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $25

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $35

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2012 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $16

Malaga Springs Winery 2011 Malbec, Washington, $24

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 Tudor Hills Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $18

Maryhill Winery 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $16

Maryhill Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26

Maryhill Winery 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Marvell, Rattlesnake Hills, $44

Maryhill Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

Maryhill Winery 2013 McKinley Springs Vineyard Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $34

Maryhill Winery 2013 Art Den Hoed VIneyard Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $28

Maryhill Winery 2013 Kiona Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $40

Maryhill Winery 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills, $38

Maryhill Winery 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Mourvèdre, Rattlesnake Hills, $45

Maryhill Winery 2013 Painted Hills Vineyard Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $34

Maryhill Winery 2013 Merlot, Red Mountain, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Tavolo Rosso, Columbia Valley, $32

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $44

Mullan Road 2013 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $45

Northwest Cellars 2012 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Petit Verdot, Red Mountain, $48

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Dry Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley, $15

Peller Estates 2015 Family Series Pinot Gris, British Columbia, $12

Rainstorm 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Rainstorm 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $17

Raven Wines 2013 Deep Dark Red, British Columbia, $15

Red Rooster Winery 2015 The Coop Pinot Grigio, British Columbia, $12

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Pinot Blanc, British Columbia, $15

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $17

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $34

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Umpqua Valley, $21

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Grenache, Umpqua Valley, $27

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $39

San Juan Vineyards 2012 Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $19

Spangler Vineyards 2013 Grenache, California, $29

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Southern Oregon, $28

Spangler Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Southern Oregon, $21

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2013 Zinfandel, Southern Oregon, $45

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Bull’s Blood, Southern Oregon, $30

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2013 Barbera, Southern Oregon, $52

Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Oregon, $23

Wayne Gretzky 2014 No. 99 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $18

Zerba Cellars 2015 Sangiovese Dry Rosé, Walla Walla Valley, $24

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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