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Tuesday, Mar. 02, 2010

NW wines mine gold at Sonoma competition

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Northwest wineries fared well at the 2010 Grand Harvest Awards, an international wine competition staged by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.

Wineries in Washington state produced 16 gold medals. Leading the way was Chateau Ste. Michelle with four golds, two for Riesling. Other multiple winners were Lake Chelan Winery and Smasne Cellars with two each.

There were 10 gold medals awarded to British Columbia wines. Mount Boucherie, Quails' Gate and Sandhill each won a pair of golds.

Oregon wineries produced eight gold medals, including two each by Pudding River Wine Cellars in Salem and Sweet Cheeks in Eugene.

The 20th annual competition in Sonoma County is unique because it not only awards medals, but judges also study the effects of terroir on quality. The GHA was staged Feb. 24-26 at Sonoma Mountain Village. Complete results are posted on the magazine's Web site, while a related article will be published in the May-June issue of the magazine.

There were 24 judges who evaluated more than 1,400 entries and awarded a total of 1,027 medals — 141 gold, 426 silver and 461 bronze. Segments of the competition feature a judging of wines made from fruit within a particular American Viticultural Area. After evaluating each flight, judges discussed their impressions in order to help identify signs of terroir within a particular region and their link to typicity within grape varieties.

Washington
Gold
Harbinger Winery, 2009 Raspberry Bliss, Grays Marsh Farms, $19.99
Samson Estates Winery, NV Oro ( Hazelnut Dessert Wine), $21.00
Bronze
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 08 Riesling, $9.99
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 04 Cabernet - Merlot, $11.99
Mad Housewife, Rainier Wine, 08 Chardonnay, $8.99
Mad Housewife, Rainier Wine, 08 Cabernet Sauvignon, $8.99
Mad Housewife, Rainier Wine, 08 Merlot, $8.99

Chelan County
Gold
Lake Chelan Winery, 08 Pinot Grigio, $24.00
Bronze
Lake Chelan Winery, 08 Gewurtztraminer, $18.00

Columbia Valley
Gold
Chateau Ste Michelle, 08 Riesling, $24.00
Chateau Ste Michelle, 08 Dry Riesling, $12.00
Chateau Ste Michelle, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Vineyard, $30.00
Claar Cellars, 07 Cabernet-Merlot, White Bluffs, $12.99
Columbia Crest, 08 Chardonnay, $11.00
Gamache Vintners, 07 Malbec, $28
Lake Chelan Winery, 05 Maximum, $45.00
Maryhill Winery, 07 Zinfandel, $23.99
Silver
Basalt Cellars, 06 Bijou Rouge, $26.00
Bunchgrass Winery, 06 Syrah, Lewis Vineyard, $32.00
Chateau Ste Michelle, 06 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, $38.00
Claar Cellars, 08 Chardonnay, White Bluffs, $18.49
Columbia Crest, 07 Merlot, $11.00
Domaine Ste Michelle, NV Blanc de Noirs, $13.00
Domaine Ste Michelle, NV Blanc de Blancs, $13.00
E. B. Foote Winery, 07 Northwest Duet, $18.00
Maryhill Winery, 08 Winemaker's Red Blend, $10.49
Maryhill Winery, 08 Chardonnay, $10.49
Maryhill Winery, 07 Zinfandel, $15.39
Saint Laurent Estate Winery, 07 Chardonnay, Quincy Estate Vineyards, $19.00
Smasne Cellars, 07 Syrah, Lawerence Vineyards, $35.00
Snoqualmie Vineyards, 07 Whistle Stop Red Cabernet-Merlot, $10.00
Three Rivers Winery, 06 Svelte, $65.00
Yellow Hawk Cellar, 07 Barbera, $20.00
Bronze
Basalt Cellars, 07 Malbec, Verhey Vineyard, $26.00
Basalt Cellars, 06 Rim Rock Red, $18.00
Nicholas Cole Cellars, 04 Camille, $35
Chateau Ste Michelle, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, 07 Chardonnay, Cold Creek Vineyard, $26.00
Claar Cellars, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, White Bluffs, $18.49
Domaine Ste Michelle, NV Brut, $13.00
E. B. Foote Winery, 07 Remembrance, $24.00
Eliseo Silva, Tagaris Winery, Inc., 06 Cabernet, $12.00
Gamache Vintners, 08 Viognier, $18
Gamache Vintners, 07 Cabernet Franc, $24
Harbinger Winery, 07 Syrah, Sagemoor Farms, $26.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 08 Late Harvest Riesling, $14.99
Lake Chelan Winery, 08 Chardonnay, $20.00
Lake Chelan Winery, 05 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.00
Maryhill Winery, 08 Winemaker's White Blend, $10.49
Snoqualmie Vineyards, 08 Riesling, $8.00
Snoqualmie Vineyards, 08 Naked Chardonnay, $12.00
Stemilt Creek Winery, 05 Syrah, $20
Tasawik Vineyards, 08 Sangiovese Rose, Tasawik Vineyards, $17.00
Three Rivers Winery, 08 Chardonnay, $19.00
Three Rivers Winery, 08 Sauvignon Blanc, $19.00
Three Rivers Winery, 07 Malbec, $29.00
Whitestone Winery, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake Roosevelt Vineyard, $24
Whitestone Winery, 06 Cabernet Franc, Lake Roosevelt Vineyard, $20
Yellow Hawk Cellar, 06 Solstice, $20.00
Yellow Hawk Cellar, NV Opportunity, $26.00

Horse Heaven Hills
Gold
Smasne Cellars, 07 Carmenere, Phinny Hill Vineyards, $28.00
Smasne Cellars, 06 Red Bordeaux Blend, Phinny Hill Vineyards, $35.00
Chateau Ste Michelle, 06 Merlot, Canoe Ridge Estate, $28.00
Bronze
Three Rivers Winery, 06 Merlot, Champoux Vineyard, $39.00

Lake Chelan
Silver
Tsillan Cellars, 08 Estate Gewurztraminer, $18.00
Tsillan Cellars, 08 Estate Riesling, $22.00
Tsillan Cellars, 08 Estate Dry Riesling, $20.00
Bronze
Tsillan Cellars, 07 Estate Barrel-Select Syrah, $28.00
Tsillan Cellars, 08 Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer, $22.00

Rattlesnake Hills
Silver
Harbinger Winery, 07 Malbec, Two Coyote Vineyard, $25.00
Harbinger Winery, 07 Petite Sirah, $30.00
Hyatt Vineyards, 06 Syrah, $10.00
Hyatt Vineyards, 08 Cabernet Sauvignon, $10.00
Bronze
Harbinger Winery, 08 Viognier, Two Coyote Vineyard, $22.00
Hyatt Vineyards, 08 Pinot Gris, $10.00

Red Mountain
Gold
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 08 Dry Riesling, $12.99
Silver
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 08 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, $24.99 / 375ml
Bronze
Kiona Vineyards & Winery, 04 Sangiovese, $24.99

Snipes Mountain
Gold
Skylite Cellars , Skylite Cellars Winery, 08 Viognier, $19.00
Silver
Smasne Cellars, ROS Wine Company, 08 White Blend, Upland Vineyards, $17.00
Smasne Cellars, ROS Wine Company, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon, Upland Vineyards, $42.00

Wahluke Slope
Silver
E. B. Foote Winery, 06 Perfect a Trois, $18.00
Saint Laurent Estate Winery, 06 Merlot, Mrachek Vineyards, $20.00
Bronze
E. B. Foote Winery, 06 Merlot, Arianses Vineyard, $18.00
Saint Laurent Estate Winery, 06 Syrah, Mrachek Vineyards, $22.00
Saint Laurent Estate Winery, 05 Reserve Syrah, Mrachek Vineyards, $40.00
Tagaris Winery, 07 Mourvedre, Alice Vineyards, $34.00
Tagaris Winery, 07 Counoise, Alice Vineyards, $32.00

Walla Walla Valley
Silver
Basel Cellars Estate Winery, 06 Merlot, Pheasant Run, $28.00
Basel Cellars Estate Winery, 06 Syrah, Pheasant Run, $28.00
Cougar Crest Estate Winery, 07 Viognier, $20.00
Skylite Cellars , Skylite Cellars Winery, 05 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.00
Walla Faces, 06 Syrah, $24.90
Walla Walla River Winery, 07 Viognier, $20.00
Woodward Canyon, 08 Sauvignon Blanc, Woodward Canyon Estate, $26.00
Yellow Hawk Cellar, 06 Sangiovese, $15.00
Bronze
Basel Cellars Estate Winery, 06 Merriment, Pheasant Run, $48.00
Nicholas Cole Cellars, 05 Michele, Neuffer Estate, $38
Walla Faces, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon, $29.90
Walla Walla River Winery, 06 Syrah, $32.00
Woodward Canyon Winery, 08 Barbera, Woodward Canyon Estate, $23.00
Woodward Canyon Winery, 06 Estate Red, Woodward Canyon Estate, $59.00
Woodward Canyon Winery, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, $39.00

Yakima Valley
Silver
Kestrel Vintners, 06 Cabernet Franc, Olsen Estate Vineyard, $40.00
Kestrel Vintners, NV Lady In Red 7th Edition, Kestrel View Estates, $12.00
Bronze
Kestrel Vintners, NV Pure Platinum 5th Edition, Kestrel View Estates, Outlook & Stone Ridge Vineyard, $12.00
Kestrel Vintners, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon, McKinley Springs, Kestrel View Estates, Olsen Estates, Elephant Mnt., $22.00

Oregon
Applegate Valley
Silver
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 07 Soulea, $34.00
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 07 Syrah, $34.00
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 08 Viognier, Schmidt Family
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, $36.00
Bronze
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 07 Merlot, $30.00
Schmidt Family Vineyards, 08 Chardonnay, Schmidt Family Applegate Valley

Columbia Valley
Silver
Firesteed, Cayalla 05 Red Table Wine, $9.99

Oregon
Silver
Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 07 Pinot Noir, La Creole, $20.00
Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 08 Pinot Noir, $11.00
Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 08 Chardonnay, Wolf Hill, $20.00
Firesteed, 08 Riesling, $11.99
Firesteed, 08 Pinot Gris, $11.99
Bronze
Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 08 Sauvignon Blanc, $10.00
Erath Winery, 08 Pinot Gris, $15.00
Firesteed 08 Pinot Noir, $15.99

Rogue Valley
Gold
Del Rio Vineyards, 07 Claret, $35.00
Silver
Del Rio Vineyards, 08 Pinot Noir, $28.00
Del Rio Vineyards, 07 Syrah, $35.00
Del Rio Vineyards, 08 Chardonnay, $20.00
Bronze
Del Rio Vineyards, 07 Merlot, $28.00
Del Rio Vineyards, 08 Pinot Gris, $16.00

Southern Oregon
Silver
Spangler Vineyards, 08 Malbec, $28.00
Bronze
Spangler Vineyards, 08 Sauvignon Blanc, $17.00
Spangler Vineyards, 07 Syrah, Sage's Hill - Estate, $35.00

Umpqua Valley
Gold
Melrose Vineyards, 08 Viognier, Melrose Estate, $18.00
Silver
Melrose Vineyards, 08 Pinot Gris, Melrose Estate, $16.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Tempranillo, Timnah Bloc, $26.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Tempranillo Reserve, $38.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Syrah, Masada Bloc, $32.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Syrah Reserve, $38.00
Bronze
Delfino Vineyards, Vin Gris de Zinfandel, Delfino Vineyards, $16.00
Delfino Vineyards, Syrah, Delfino Vineyards, $26.00
Delfino Vineyards, Zinfandel, Delfino Vineyards, $23.00
Girardet, 08 Chardonnay, $16.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Pinot Noir, Pishon Bloc, $31.00
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 08 Pinot Noir Reserve, $38.00

Walla Walla Valley
Silver
Arcane Cellars, Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard, $36.00

Willamette Valley
Gold
Firesteed, 06 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $29.99
Pudding River Wine Cellars, 08 Chardonnay, $22.00
Pudding River Wine Cellars, 06 Pinot Noir, $28.00
Sweet Cheeks Winery, 08 Pinot Gris, $15.00
Sweet Cheeks Winery, 08 Riesling, $12.00
Van Duzer Vineyards, 08 Pinot Noir, $30.00
Silver
Pudding River Wine Cellars, 08 Viognier, $17.00
Sweet Cheeks Winery, 08 Pinot Noir, $22.00
Van Duzer Vineyards, 08 Pinot Gris, $16.00
Bronze
Arcane Cellars, Pinot Noir, $28.00
Oak Knoll Winery, 07 Pinot Gris, $14.00
Pudding River Wine Cellars, 08 Chardonnay -Stainless Steel Fermented, $17.00
Van Duzer Vineyards, 08 Pinot Noir, $20.00

British Columbia
Okanagan Valley
Gold
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 07 Syrah, South Okanagan, $38.00 CND
Calona Vineyards, 08 Artist Series Sovereign Opal, $13.99
CedarCreek Estate Winery, 07 Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon, $39.90
Peller Estates Winery, 08 Private Reserve Riesling, $15.99
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Chardonnay, Stewart Family Reserve, $29.99 CAD
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Old Vines Foch Reserve, Reserve, $39.99 CAD
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Pinot Gris, $17.99
Sandhill Wines, 07 Syrah, Sandhill Estate Vineyard, $19.99
Sandhill Wines, 08 Chardonnay, Sandhill Estate Vineyard, $17.99
Silver
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Okanagan, $38.00 CND
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 07 Meritage, South Okanagan, $45.00 CND
CedarCreek Estate Winery, 08 Platinum Chardonnay, $29.90
Desert Hills Estate Winery, 07 Merlot, Black Sage Bench, $20.00
Mission Hill Family Estate, 08 Pinot Gris, Reserve, $17.99
Mission Hill Family Estate, 08 Pinot Grigio, Five Vineyards, $15.99
Mission Hill Family Estate, 07 Merlot, Reserve, $23.99
Mission Hill Family Estate, 08 Riesling Ice Wine, Reserve, $58.99
Peller Estates Winery, 08 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, $17.99
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 08 Chenin Blanc, Quails' Gate, $18.99 CAD
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Optima TBA, $29.99 / 375ml
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Riesling Ice Wine, $34.99 / 200ml
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Chardonnay - Reserve, $21.99
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Malbec, Reserve, $22.99
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Syrah, $29.99
Bronze
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 07 Merlot, South Okanagan, $30.00 CND
Calona Vineyards, 08 Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay, $13.99
CedarCreek Estate Winery, 07 Merlot, $19.90
CedarCreek Estate Winery, 07 Platinum Syrah, $39.90
CedarCreek Estate Winery, 07 Platinum Pinot Noir, $39.90
Desert Hills Estate Winery, 08 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Black Sage Bench, $13.00
Desert Hills Estate Winery, 06 Syrah Select, Black Sage Bench, $28.00
Desert Hills Estate Winery, 08 Gamay, Black Sage Bench, $15.00
Desert Hills Estate Winery, 07 Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Sage Bench, $25.00
Mission Hill Family Estate, 07 Shiraz, Reserve, $20.99
Mission Hill Family Estate, 08 Sauvignon Blanc, Five Vineyards, $13.99
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Pinot Noir, Quails' Gate, $24.99 CAD
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Pinot Noir, Stewart Family Reserve, $45.00 CAD
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 07 Chardonnay, Quails' Gate, $18.99 CAD
Quails' Gate Estate Winery, 08 Dry Riesling, Quails' Gate, $16.99 CAD
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Cabernet - Merlot, $18.99
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Pinot Blanc, $15.99
Red Rooster Winery, 08 Chardonnay, $16.99
Sandhill Wines, 08 Pinot Gris, King Family Vineyard, $18.99
Sandhill Wines, 08 Gamay Noir, Sandhill Estate Vineyard, $19.99
Tinhorn Creek , Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, 08 Chardonnay, $17.99

Similkameen Valley
Gold
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, 08 Pinot Gris, Estate Collection, $15.99
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, 08 Gewurztraminer, Estate Collection, $15.99
Bronze
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, 08 Riesling, Estate Collection, $14.99