Best of the best: 2011 Platinum Judging

Wine Press NorthwestDecember 15, 2011 

For the past dozen years, we have invited wineries to submit their gold medal winners to compete in what we call "the Best of the Best in the Great Northwest."

And every year, it's a chance for us to not only figure out what some of the greatest wines in the Pacific Northwest are, but also to get a bigger picture on trends in our region.

One trend that has continued is the greatness of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery. The family operation just over the Canadian border near Oliver, B.C., again dominated the Platinum Judging, winning an astonishing six awards. Through the 12 years of this competition, the winery run by Walter and Gordon Gehringer has won 25 Platinums, the most by any winery in the Pacific Northwest.

The two top wines of the judging were from Washington: Kiona's 2008 Lemberger from estate Red Mountain grapes and Jones of Washington's 2010 Viognier, which used estate grapes on the Wahluke Slope. Kiona had the top wine in our inaugural Platinum Judging in 2000 for a Cabernet Sauvignon.

For Jones of Washington, this caps a superb year for winemaker Victor Palencia, who won a dozen gold medals around the country, including several best-of-class awards.

Here are a few other story lines from this year's Platinum:

-- Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's oldest winery, won three Platinums this year, including the No. 3 wine in the competition. In 12 years, CSM has won 14 Platinums.

-- Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash., won two Platinums. Winemaker Rob Griffin has now earned 18 Platinums through the years.

-- Winemaker Robert Smasne was responsible for four Platinums in our competition. He won one under his own label (Smasne Cellars), but he also made the three Platinum winners for Skylite Cellars in Walla Walla.

-- Also winning two Platinums each were: Maryhill Winery, Covington Cellars, Dunham Cellars, Northstar, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Tsillan Cellars and Watermill Winery.

-- Through the first 11 years of the Platinum, just one Idaho wine had won a Platinum.That changed this year, as two Gem State wines earned that distinction.

-- We judged 25 Rieslings, and wines from each of the four Northwest regions (Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho) earned Platinums.

-- There are some great bargains to be found in the Platinums this year, as 15 wines were priced at $15 or less. In fact, the top three wines were $17 or less.

This year's Platinum Judging was conducted at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, Wash., overlooking the Columbia River that is so important to the Northwest wine industry.

Our judges were: Kristine Bono of Col Solare on Red Mountain; Parks Redwine of Atlanta, Ga., and owner of the Northwest Wine Summit competition; Doug Charles, owner of Compass Wines in Anacortes, Wash.; Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of viticulture and enology for Washington State University; Jay Drysdale of Enotecca Winery and Resorts in Oliver, B.C.; Ken Robertson, Wine Press Northwest columnist; Coke Roth, Wine Press Northwest columnist; and Dave Seaver, Wine Press Northwest tasting panelist. (Note: Bono and Drysdale did not judge wines from their wineries. Additionally, Charles sells a fortified wine as a negociant, and he did not judge that wine.)

All wines were tasted blind, meaning the judges did not know the producer or the price.

Double Platinum and Best of the Best

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Lemberger, Red Mountain, $12. In Washington, nobody has made Lemberger longer or better than Kiona. In fact, a few years ago, Kiona made two styles, but the version from its estate grapes was so distinctive and delicious, winemaker Scott Williams decided to just stick with this one. And it's a great example of the variety, with aromas of Van cherries, mint and smoke, followed by a beautiful mouth feel that reveals flavors of cherries, black pepper, cedar and red berries. Make this your go-to barbecue red. Won gold at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class) and Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.

Jones of Washington 2010 Estate Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $17. Winemaker Victor Palencia has had a heck of a year, and this is the cherry. This opens with aromas of oranges, limes and minerality, followed by flavors of mangoes, papayas, Crenshaw melons, hints of roses and even lemon bars, along with a long finish of luscious orange Creamsicle and utterly amazing acidity. There's a nice tension of sweetness and acidity that makes this especially intriguing. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (406 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Double Platinum

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Harvest Select Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9. In just its second year in release after replacing the popular Indian Wells Riesling, this sweeter wine already is a big hit -- and huge production wine -- for the world's largest producer of Riesling. There's an intriguing subtlety in the nose that requires a bit of concentration to fully appreciate, and the complex flavors are laden with rich, ripe fruit. Despite the sweetness (4.98% residual sugar), it isn't over the top, thanks to cleansing acidity that brings beautiful balance and provides a full range of really cool complexity. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (double gold), Monterey Wine Competition, San Diego International Wine Competition (double gold) and Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (170,000 cases, 10% alc.)

Quady North 2010 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $19. Owner/winemaker Herb Quady took equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier for this white blend from Southern Oregon grapes. This opens with succulent aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, including pineapples, limes and orange zest, followed by luscious flavors of apples, oranges, pineapples and stone fruit. It's a dry, crisp, bright white wine that still provides a bit of delicious creaminess on the midpalate. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (100 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Sokol Blosser 2008 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $38. One of Oregon's oldest producers continues to craft its finest wines, as this Pinot Noir reveals. Longtime winemaker Russ Rosner used mostly estate grapes from the Dundee Hills to craft this delicious and complex Pinot Noir. It opened with fascinating aromas of sweet herbs, rich earth, wet gravel and black truffles, followed by flavors of ripe raspberries, violets and mushrooms. One judge described it as "the rock star of the day because it brings the whole package." Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest Pinot Noir judging. (6,308 cases, 14% alc.)

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2009 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $9. One of Idaho's largest and oldest producers has crafted the first non-ice wine to win a Platinum award from the Gem State, and it's a beauty. Winemaker Bill Murray used grapes from the estate Sawtooth and Skyline vineyards and blended in just a touch of Muscat to provide an additional level of complexity. It opens with aromas of apricots, limes and apples, followed by balanced flavors of grapefruits, oranges and crisp apples. A bit of residual sweetness (2%) enhances the flavors and texture, all of which is beautifully balanced with Idaho's famous acidity. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (1,521 cases, 12.3% alc.)

L'Ecole No. 41 2010 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14. Few winemakers on the West Coast take this classic variety seriously, but owner/winemaker Marty Clubb has had a soft spot for Chenin Blanc for many years. In fact, L'Ecole has crafted a Chenin since 1987. For this wine, Clubb brought in Yakima Valley grapes from vines planted in the late 1970s. The resulting wine opens with aromas of cloves, lemon zest, cinnamon and peaches, followed by flavors of green apples, quinces and Jolly Rancher candy. Crisp acidity provides plenty of length. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit and Washington State Wine Competition. (2,160 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Otis Kenyon Wine 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $30. Despite some pessimism about selling Syrah, this grape remains one of the most popular, based on the number of entries we received -- and this was the best of the bunch. The grapes for this Syrah from a small but highly regarded Walla Walla winery came from Patina and Stellar vineyards. It is a classic Washington Syrah, opening with aromas of black pepper and blackberries, followed by a palate that is loaded with dark fruit, including blackberries, plums and blueberries. It's a long, lingering wine that should pair nicely with braised meats. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (586 cases, 14% alc.)

Steppe Cellars 2008 StoneTree Vineyard Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $25. Talk about synergy. The grapes for this superb Malbec were grown by Tedd Wildman, and the wine was crafted by his wife, Anke Freimuth-Wildman at this Yakima Valley winery. This shows off a wonderful earthiness on the nose, as well as floral notes, plums and plump boysenberries. On the palate, this opens with flavors of ripe plums, black licorice, vanilla, boysenberries and even a hint of cinnamon. While it has the muscularity of a Malbec, the winemaker showed a deft touch with oak. Won gold at the Long Beach Grand Cru and Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (90 cases, 14% alc.)

Mount Baker Vineyards & Winery 2008 Proprietor's Limited Release Malbec, Yakima Valley, $20. One of Washington's northernmost wineries, Mount Baker is in the picturesque Nooksack Valley not far from Bellingham. The grapes for this tremendous Malbec came from Crawford and Lonesome Spring vineyards in the Yakima Valley. It opens with aromas of rich, ripe, dark berries and minerals, followed by powerful flavors of cherries, cola, blackberries, earth and black pepper. There's a complex and intriguing tension between the fruit, tannin and acidity that makes us think this will only get better with a few years in the bottle. Won gold at the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. (353 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Covington Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35. This small Woodinville, Wash., producer used grapes from three appellations -- Red Mountain and Walla Walla and Yakima valleys -- to craft this superb and complex Cab Franc, a red grape that remains underappreciated. This version should win over fans, however, thanks to its sexy aromas of black cherries, boysenberries, oregano and chocolate. On the palate, it's an intense wine with flavors of dried cherries, vanilla, chocolate and black tea. Its astonishing complexity lasts throughout the memorable finish. Won gold at the Indy International Wine Competition and Seattle Wine Awards. (334 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $50. This is winemaker Bob Bertheau's most collectible wine, and he focuses a lot of energy and superb fruit to craft an amazing red blend. Using grapes from estate Canoe Ridge, Cold Creek and Indian Wells vineyards, he expertly blended Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) with Merlot (37%), Malbec (6%) and Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of cherries, chocolate, black currants and crushed leaf, followed by flavors of cranberries, cherries, black licorice, chocolate and Bing cherries. Minerality, tannin and toasted oak help make this a complete package. Won gold at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Monterey Wine Competition and Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (2,200 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Lakeside Vineyard Bellisima Rossa, Lake Chelan, $28. Dr. Bob Jankelson envisioned this gorgeous winery on the south shore of Lake Chelan, and his estate grapes are paying off in tremendous ways. Shane Collins' amazing blend leads with Syrah (80%) and is rounded out with Merlot (16%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a wine with aromas of black licorice, fresh dates, cherries and black currants, followed by opulent flavors of dark chocolate, ripe boysenberries and vanilla, all backed with rich tannins and ample acidity that create intense and amazing depth. Won gold at the New World International Wine Competition (best in class), Seattle Wine Awards, Washington State Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit and Tri-Cities Wine Fest. (520 cases, 15.3% alc.)

Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Albarino, Columbia Valley, $22. The folks at this Yakima Valley winery and Horse Heaven Hills vineyard have this Spanish variety dialed in. In fact, the 2009 version of this wine won a Platinum last year, and this steps up to a unanimous Double Platinum, an astonishing feat. This opens with aromas of a baked peach pie, followed by flavors of orange marmalade, pears and melons. The bright acidity is balanced with 1.5% residual sugar, creating a delicious and harmonious wine. Won gold at the Washington State Wine Competition. (483 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Hannah Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. In the past few years, this large winery near Salem has been focusing more of its effort on crafting high-end single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. All of winemaker Forrest Klaffke's work paid off in this wine, which uses grapes from a vineyard in the northern Willamette Valley. The nose opens with a whiff of mint, followed by layered aromas of spices, violets, cola and cherries. On the palate, it reveals flavors of Dr Pepper, black cherries, black licorice and chocolate, all impressively balanced with mild tannins and bright acidity. Won gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (96 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Skylite Cellars 2006 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28. Robert Smasne is an omnipresent winemaker in Washington, and he crafted this superb Syrah using grapes from the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys. It's a consumer-friendly wine with aromas of allspice, blueberries and huckleberries, followed by flavors of black currants, currants, fresh figs and just the right amount of oak. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (112 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Thurston Wolfe 2008 Reserve Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills, $25. Owner/winemaker Wade Wolfe basically pioneered this Rhone variety in Washington and has been so successful with it, he's branched out with this vintage with a bottling that separated the best barrels. Wolfe uses grapes from Zephyr Ridge, one of his favorite vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, and it's a real crowd pleaser, opening with aromas of cocoa powder, boysenberries, mint and graphite. On the palate, it is loaded with complex flavors of black cherries, ripe dark berries and a hint of pleasing gaminess. The fine-grained tannins expertly back up the massive fruit, and the oak balances everything beautifully. Won double gold at the Washington State Wine Competition. (50 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Minus 9 Ehrenfelser Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $50. Last year, this Oliver, B.C., winery topped our Platinum Judging with a Riesling ice wine, and this year, it repeats with a unanimous Double Platinum using the rare Ehrenfelser grape (a cross of Riesling and Silvaner). This is a thick, exotic, viscous, over-the-top dessert wine that shows off aromas of honey and ruby red grapefruit, followed by rich flavors of poached pears and baked apples topped with vanilla and cinnamon. There's nothing subtle about this rich, refreshing ice wine. Won double gold at the Indy International Wine Competition. (280 cases, 13% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $28. The boys at Dusted Valley have done it again, making the top Cab in our judging of 37 gold medal winners. The grapes came from four vineyards, leading with Dusted Valley's estate Sconni Block, and this blends in a bit of Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec. On the nose, it leads with aromas of red plums, tobacco leaf and toasty oak. On the palate, this wine is more than just berries. It's a beautifully framed wine with flavors of ripe dark fruit backed with solid but not overbearing tannins, making it a harmonious wine. Won gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (700 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Kramer Vineyards NV Celebrate Muller-Thurgau, Yamhill-Carlton District, $15. The Kramer family began making this delicious bubbly in 2002 from estate grapes. It's a fun, exciting wine that reveals surprising complexity. It opens with aromas of minerals, Spanish almonds and pineapples, followed by flavors of ripe pears and tropical fruits. The residual sugar is 4%, but it finishes dry, thanks to the bright bubbles. On the midpalate, it is creamy and frothy, giving way to flavors of starfruit on the finish. Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's sparkling wine judging. (260 cases, 10.5% alc.)

Platinum

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $22. Owner/winemaker Judy Phelps is crafting some delicious wines on the north shore of Lake Chelan, as evidenced by this wine using Yakima Valley grapes. In fact, this is a field blend of Sauvignon Blanc (90%) and the rare Muscadelle de Bordelaise from Lonesome Spring Ranch near Red Mountain. It's a mouthwatering wine with aromas of ripe pears and herbs, followed by enticing flavors of clean, bright tree fruit. Won double gold at the Washington State Wine Competition. (200 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Buty Winery 2009 Semillon, Sauvignon & Muscadelle, Columbia Valley, $25. Caleb Buty already has packed in 21 vintages into his relatively young career by working harvests in Washington, New Zealand and South Africa. He used techniques learned in New Zealand for this superb blend that leads with Semillon (65%) using grapes from the broad Columbia Valley. It opens with aromas of gooseberries, starfruit, pears and apples, followed by flavors of Meyer lemons, green apples and a squeeze of lime. This wine will taste so good with seared scallops. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (850 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Classic Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley, $15. Brothers Walter and Gordon Gehringer learned their trade in Germany before returning to British Columbia. Today, their white wines are some of the most astonishing we have had the privilege to taste. This wine uses the rare Ehrenfelser grape, a cross of Riesling and Silvaner that serves Gehringer well for this dry table wine as well as a succulent ice wine. This opens with aromas of pears, passion fruit and orange zest, followed by intriguing flavors of tropical fruit, melons, ginger and light spices. It's a dry wine that will pair perfectly with halibut, baked oysters or scallops. Won gold at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class). (3,000 cases)

Carlton Cellars 2009 Seven Devils Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20. Dave Grooters was lured to Oregon from the East Coast by his love for Pinot Noir, and he learned his craft while working with Ken Wright, both in the winery and the vineyard. This is a Pinot Noir that is easy to love not only for its quality but also its value. Grooters loves the Oregon Coast and named this wine for a region near Coos Bay. The wine opens with aromas of dark, purple fruit and violets. On the palate, it reveals flavors of cloves, black licorice, black truffles, ripe dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate. It's a big, delicious wine. Won double gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (1,440 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Skylite Cellars 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $47. Sometimes, a wine just needs a little more time. Such is the case with this red blend from a Walla Walla Valley winery. A year ago, it earned its way into the Platinum Judging and earned a gold from our panel. This year, it got in again and showed a bit more time in the bottle was all it needed. Consulting winemaker Robert Smasne used grapes from three vineyards (RiverRock, Bella Terra and Pepper Bridge) with great expertise. The wine shows off aromas of cherries, coffee and chocolate, which lead to flavors of red and black fruit, all backed with delicious dark chocolate. There's plenty of tannin, but it's all perfectly offset with ample fruit and acidity. (100 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Cadaretta 2008 Windrow, Columbia Valley, $50. The Middleton family has long been in the Washington timber industry, and it named this wine for a term referring to trees that have been uprooted by the wind. It's a Southern Rhone-inspired blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Grenache using grapes from the Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills. It opens with aromas of vanilla, cherry cola and huckleberry jam, followed by smooth, velvety flavors of black currants and huckleberry juice. The resolved tannins are fully integrated with the ripe fruit, producing a harmonious mouth feel. Won gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (110 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Watermill Winery 2007 Estate Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $28. In 2007, Andrew Brown took over as winemaker for this Walla Walla Valley producer and immediately picked up where consulting winemaker Rich Funk left off, crafting an amazing red wine from a rarely utilized grape. The fruit for this wine comes from McClellan Estate Vineyard near Seven Hills on the Oregon side of the valley. This wine opens with luscious aromas of boysenberries, blueberries, blackberry compote and black pepper. The palate reveals flavors of Belgian chocolate, cloves, black cherries, graphite, cedar and black tea, with just a hint of mint on the rich finish. Won gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (96 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Walla Walla Vintners 2009 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $24. This Walla Walla Valley winery has a long history with Sangiovese, and this is one of its finest efforts. In addition to 80% Sangiovese, it also includes Syrah (12%) and Malbec, both of which provide ample backbone and complexity. This opens with perfumy aromas of rose hips, white pepper and red currants, followed by flavors of cherry candy, cedar, pepper and blueberries. This is a dense wine with hints of minerality in the background. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (797 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Northstar Winery 2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $41. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates created this winery in the mid-'90s with the goal of making some of the finest Merlot in the world. That focus pays off annually, and this wine is no exception. Winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld used grapes from 14 different vineyards and blended in a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to craft a well-rounded and complex wine. It opens with aromas of big, beautifully ripe blueberries and spice cake, followed by rich, succulent flavors of black cherries and leather. The restrained tannins provide just the right amount of structure to back up the fruit. Won gold at the Grand Harvest Awards, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition and Seattle Wine Awards. (11,500 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Basalt Cellars 2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24. The Clarkston area in southeastern Washington has a long history of grape growing and winemaking, but all that ended with Prohibition and didn't reappear until Basalt Cellars opened its doors in 2004. The grapes for this wine -- which include 11% Cab -- come from three vineyards, leading with Willard Farms in the Yakima Valley. The resulting wine opens with aromas of hibiscus and Bing cherries, followed by flavors of moist earth, spice, sweet chocolate and ripe cherries. It's beautifully structured throughout. Won gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (224 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Covington Cellars 2007 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $45. If you haven't heard of Covington Cellars before, now is the time to give it some attention, seeing as it earned Platinums for both of the wines it entered this year. The grapes for this small-production wine came from five vineyards, including Smasne, Kestrel, Kiona, Seven Hills and Olsen. It opens with aromas of cocoa, tobacco leaf, violets and blueberries, followed by hedonistic flavors of youthful dark fruit that melds with hints of tar and a touch of oak. Won double gold at the Indy International Wine Competition. (93 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Lakeside Vineyard Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $28. This is one of the most decorated wines of 2011, winning gold medals at no fewer than seven competitions. Well, add a Platinum to the mix, Dr. Jankelson. The grapes come from estate grapes on the south shore of Lake Chelan, providing further evidence of the viticultural opportunities of this emerging region. This wine opens with aromas of chocolate, black olives, blackberries and huckleberries, followed by massive flavors of black currants, black tea, blueberries, huckleberries, toast and caramel. Won gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold), Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, San Diego International Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards, Northwest Wine Summit and North Central Washington Wine Awards. (411 cases, 15.2% alc.)

Watermill Winery 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $28. Using grapes from McClellan Estate Vineyard on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley, family winemaker Andrew Brown has crafted yet another superb wine. This is 100% Cabernet Franc, and it's a beauty, thanks to aromas of black cherries, ripe raspberries and American oak spices. On the palate, it shows off chocolate overtones and flavors of Montmorency cherries and crowd-pleasing oak. It's a seamless wine with food-friendly acidity that lifts the wine from first sip to the lengthy finish. Won gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (238 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Dumas Station Wines 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $32. Winemaker and vineyard manager Jay DeWitt planted the grapes for Dumas Station's estate Minnick Hills Vineyard in the northern Walla Walla Valley in 1999. Those vines are paying off with superb wines, including this intriguing Cabernet Sauvignon. It opens with aromas of olives, chocolate, sweet herbs, black cherries and vanilla, followed by beautifully integrated flavors of opulent dark fruit backed with velvety, fine-grained tannins. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (511 cases, 15.3% alc.)

Woodward Canyon Winery 2008 Artist Series #17 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $49. Owner Rick Small and winemaker Kevin Mott take great advantage of estate grapes from Champoux Vineyards, as well as dabs from Spring Creek, Woodward, Sagemoor and DuBrul for this superb Cab. It opens with aromas of huckleberries, violets and plums, followed by hedonistic flavors of big, dark fruit, black licorice and well-integrated oak. Even under blind conditions, this stood out as a reserve-style Cab that should find its way into collectors' cellars. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (2,273 cases, 15.3% alc.)

Skylite Cellars 2007 Reserve, Columbia Valley, $47. Consulting winemaker Robert Smasne blended three Bordeaux varieties for this superb red wine. He leads with Malbec (51%), followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) and the rare Carmenere. The result is a beautifully layered wine with aromas of dark fruit backed with earth. On the palate, the well-integrated flavors of ripe, dark berries meld with moderate oak, all backed with gripping tannins that should serve this wine well for the long haul. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit, Grand Harvest Awards and Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (double gold). (152 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Koenig Vineyards 2009 Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20. In the first 11 years of the Platinum, just one Idaho wine had ever made the cut. This year, two more earned the distinction, and all three have been Rieslings. Greg Koenig, who makes wine for several valley producers, used frozen grapes from Williamson Vineyard for this delicious dessert wine. On the nose, it reminded our judges of a pineapple upside-down cake, and on the palate, it was resplendent with flavors of caramel and peach crumble. It's all backed with acidity we usually only see in British Columbia ice wines -- a great compliment indeed. This won gold at the Idaho Wine Competition and Northwest Wine Summit. (302 cases, 11% alc.)

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Extra Dry, Columbia Valley, $13. One of the unsung heroes of Washington winemaking is Rick Casqueiro, who manages to annually craft more than 300,000 cases of bubbly that is world class and affordable. How he does it is a bit of a mystery, but who cares? This is his sweetest wine at 2.3% residual sugar (the name is an anomaly that can be blamed on the French) and is made primarily with Chardonnay, with 12% Pinot Noir. It reveals aromas of cinnamon, lime, pear and apple, followed by delicious flavors of starfruit, pineapples, lime zest and ripe peaches. Beautifully balanced, this will complement a wide range of foods, starting with spicier fare. Earned double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (51,919 cases, 11.5% alc.)

William Church Wines 2010 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22. Two years ago, the 2008 version of this wine won a unanimous Double Platinum from us (as well as a Platinum for its Malbec), and it has repeated the feat here. Using grapes from Conner Lee Vineyard in the Columbia Basin, Rod and Leslie Balsley have crafted a Viognier that opens with succulent aromas of lemongrass and minerals, followed by flavors of grapefruits and oranges with a lingering spritz of lemon juice. It has surprising amounts of acidity, which would lead us to pair it with seafood. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (300 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Cuckoo's Nest Cellars 2009 Aromatique, Oregon, $15. Bryan Wilson went to California after graduating from the University of Oregon and eventually worked his way back home. He's now the winemaker for Foris Vineyards in the Rogue Valley, and this is his own label, which he started in 2006. This is a blend of Viognier (67%) and Gewuerztraminer, and it is aptly named. It opens with aromas of orange zest, spices and sandalwood, followed by rich flavors of honey, spice and ripe oranges. It's a dry white that is full of zip. Won gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (142 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer-Schonburger, Okanagan Valley, $16. Schoenburger is a young grape as far as viticulture goes. The cross of Pinot Noir with Chasselas and Muscat Hamburg has been around only since 1979. The Gehringers successfully blend it with Gewuerztraminer to make a wine that has a bit of sweetness (1.2%) and plenty of fruit. It shows off its Muscat and Gewuerztraminer origins with aromas of lychee, apple pie spice and pink grapefruit. On the palate, it could be mistaken for an Alsatian wine with flavors of gala apples, lemons and oranges. The acidity is everything one would expect from a Gehringer wine. Won gold at the Indy International Wine Competition. (550 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $15. How ridiculously consistent is this wine? This is the third consecutive Platinum from the last three vintages. Walter and Gordon Gehringer use grapes from Golden Mile Bench, which gets afternoon shading that helps retain all-important acidity. The resulting wine opens with aromas of melons, citrus and floral notes, followed by flavors of tropical fruit topped with sweet spices. It's a long, beautifully textured wine. Won gold at the Indy International Wine Competition. (850 cases, 13.1% alc.)

Madrone Mountain 2009 Starthistle Cuvee, Oregon, $24. This winery in Southern Oregon pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to a noxious weed that has invaded its vineyard. This is 100% Riesling and 100% delicious. It opens with a hint of pleasing petrol on the nose, followed by aromas of ripe apricots and peaches and freshly sliced lime. On the palate, it's a harmonious wine with flavors of apples and lemons and bracing acidity that balances the mild (1.5%) residual sweetness. Won gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (325 cases, 10.7% alc.)

San Juan Vineyards 2010 Les Vignes DeMarcoux Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $14. San Juan Vineyards reaches into the western Yakima Valley for these grapes, which come from the lesser-known sibling to Red Willow Vineyard. Obviously, it's a great site for Riesling. This opens with succulent aromas of oranges, apricots and peaches, followed by off-dry flavors of fresh-off-the-tree apples and lemon bars. Won gold at the Riverside International Wine Competition. (217 cases, 12.4% alc.)

Silver Lake Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Rattlesnake Hills, $10. One of Woodinville's oldest wineries expanded into the Yakima Valley a few years ago and brings in some of its best fruit from the Rattlesnake Hills. This Chardonnay is as superb as it is inexpensive, a great combination in these economic times. The aromas reveal little in the way of oak, as the fruit is quite expressive and includes nectarines, sweet apricots and Key limes. On the palate, it's on target with delicious flavors of pineapples, pink grapefruit and green apples. Its acidity is almost Rieslinglike. Won gold at the West Coast Wine Competition and Seattle Wine Awards. (1,000 cases, 13% alc.)

Barnard Griffin 2010 Orange Muscat, Columbia Valley, $17. Rob Griffin is anything but boring, especially when it comes to experimenting with out-of-the-mainstream varieties such as this rare version of Muscat. This opens with aromas of classic oranges and orange blossoms, as well as cloves and honeysuckle. On the palate, the orange theme continues, with flavors of orange honey and Mandarin oranges, as well as hints of vanilla spice. Its pleasing acidity beautifully balances the 5.7% residual sweetness. Earned an "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's judging of unusual white wines. (300 cases, 12.1% alc.)

Arrowleaf Cellars 2010 Bacchus, Okanagan Valley, $14. Named for the Roman god of wine, this grape variety was created in Germany by crossing Mueller-Thurgau with Silvaner and Riesling. It's grown primarily in Germany and England, but it also shows up in cooler areas of the Pacific Northwest. These grapes are grown north of Kelowna, B.C., around the 50th parallel. The resulting wine is fresh and lively, with extroverted aromas of lemons and apples, followed by mouthwatering flavors of peaches and oranges. Won gold at the Indy International Wine Competition. (780 cases, 12.2% alc.)

EdenVale Winery 2005 Pear House Collection Reserve Syrah, Rogue Valley, $25. This winery near Medford, Ore., is on property that is considered the birthplace of the state's commercial pear industry. It's also proving to do well with wine grapes, as evidenced by this superb Syrah. This opens with aromas of black licorice, orange zest, dried cranberries and mint, followed by flavors of plum jam and mint, all backed with bright acidity and moderate tannins. Won gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (660 cases, 16.2% alc.)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2007 Sentinel Northridge, Wahluke Slope, $55. This Bordeaux-style red is named for Sentinel Gap, the dominant geological feature just north of the Wahluke Slope through which the Columbia River flows. The grapes come from the Milbrandts' 92-acre Northridge Vineyard, and the wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%), Merlot (25%), Petit Verdot (6%) and Malbec. It shows off aromas of cranberries, pomegranates, smoke and spice, followed by approachable flavors of black cherries, black licorice, huckleberries and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Won golds at the Washington State Wine Competition, Dallas Morning News Wine Competition and Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (400 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2008 Pentatonic, Walla Walla Valley, $40. No fewer than seven vineyards contributed grapes to this superb red blend. It leads with Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), as well as Merlot (21%), Malbec (5%) and a bit of Syrah. It shows off aromas of black leather, cranberries, blueberries and sweet spices, followed by balanced and creamy flavors of ripe dark plums, blackberries, black currants and butter rum. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (175 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Saviah Cellars 2007 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $30. Rich Funk is no stranger to top awards, including Platinums, as this is his fifth since 2004. He brought it grapes from McClellan Vineyard near Seven Hills on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley and crafted a rare Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of black cherries, mint and smoked meat, followed by gripping flavors of blackberries, black licorice, black cherries and black currants. He shows a deft touch with the oak and tannins in this harmonious wine. Pair with venison or other game meats. Won gold at the Washington State Wine Competition. (190 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2010 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $12. A few years ago, Maryhill won best in show at the vaunted Northwest Wine Summit for a Viognier, the first time a white wine earned that honor. Winemaker Richard Batchelor continues the tradition of great Viognier from this Columbia Gorge destination winery. It opens with aromas of Creamsicle, pineapple and lemon zest, followed by creamy flavors of baked apple turnovers and lemon bars. Won gold at the International Eastern Wine Competition (double gold/best in class) and Indy International Wine Competition. (3,463 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Classic Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley, $15. This white wine grape is rarely seen outside of Alsace, but this sibling to Chardonnay is grown a bit in British Columbia and Oregon. Gehringer has made a superb wine from it for years; in fact, this is its third Platinum for this variety. It opens with aromas of apricots and dried pineapples, followed by delicious flavors of apples and pears, all backed with bright acidity. It's a beautifully made wine that is perfect with shellfish. Won gold at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class). (1,350 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2008 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard, Umpqua Valley, $38. In 2001, Terry and Sue Brandborg found what they believe to be one of the great, unheralded locations in Oregon to grow Pinot Noir: the tiny Umpqua Valley town of Elkton. This wine from estate grapes certainly furthers the claim. It opens with aromas of fresh plums, cranberries, raspberries and green tea, followed by flavors of raspberries and other high-toned red fruit that reminded us of the Dundee Hills, as well as black tea. Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's Pinot Noir judging. (280 cases, 13.3% alc.)

J. Daan Wine Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20. Justin and Megan Van Vanten own and operate this small winery in Oregon's Chehalem Mountains, and they've now impressed us twice with this wine. It opens with aromas of boysenberries, raspberries and cedar, followed by lengthy flavors of ripe red berries, cherries and cranberries. This has great structure and should continue to mature and develop for another decade. Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's Pinot Noir judging. (475 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28. It's been 20 years since Ste. Michelle began putting grapes on Canoe Ridge, which overlooks the Columbia River in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills. And the grapes tended by vineyard manager Mimi Nye have gained acclaim for their quality and play a key component in Bob Bertheau's wines. Here, estate Merlot takes center stage and reveals aromas of leather, chocolate and Bing cherries, followed by complex flavors of ripe, expressive black fruit backed by textured tannins. Won gold at the Long Beach Grand Cru and Seattle Wine Awards (best in class). (7,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2007 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32. This downtown Walla Walla winery is named after a historic regional landmark, and that history also is revealed on the label. In this case, we're even more excited about what is inside the bottle. The grapes come primarily from highly regarded Les Collines Vineyard, with Pepper Bridge and St. Clare contributing. It opens with ripe aromas of plum jam, cooked cherries, black tea and black olives, followed by flavors of blueberries, Marionberries and bright cherries. The tannin management is impeccable, and the acidity perfectly balances the wine. Won gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (572 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Benson Vineyards 2007 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $26. Scott Benson crafts the wine for his family's destination winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan and uses estate grapes that further reveal the future of this nascent region. We loved the brighter, lighter style of this Syrah, which revealed aromas of raspberries and boysenberries. On the palate, it's also not a behemoth. Rather, it is elegant in style, revealing its fruit rather than shoving it in your face. Rich acidity walks the wine through a lengthy finish. Won gold at the North Central Washington Wine Awards. (277 cases, 14% alc.)

Kontos 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $30. Winemaker Cameron Kontos follows in his father Cliff's footsteps (Fort Walla Walla Cellars). He used grapes from Les Collines and Pepper Bridge vineyards to craft a superb Syrah. This opens with aromas of boysenberries, vanilla bean, dark chocolate and white pepper, followed by flavors of boysenberries, Marionberries, coffee and graphite. The tannins ride shotgun, mingling alongside the fruit from first sip through the lengthy finish. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (150 cases, 14% alc.)

Burning Desire 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $45. This reserve label for Hard Row to Hoe focuses on grapes from near the winery's location on the north shore of Lake Chelan. Husband Don Phelps grew these grapes, and wife Judy Phelps crafted the superb wine. This was among the most complex wines we encountered amid the Cabernet Francs, opening with aromas of Guatamalan cardamom, earthiness, dark fruit and a chocolate Tootsie Pop. On the palate, it's a big, young wine going places. It already reveals flavors of mint, chocolate, deep layers of cherries and raspberries on a bed of mild tannins, bright acidity and modest oak. Won gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (100 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17. Craig and Vicki Leuthold have built an amazing operation, and their winery on the edge of basalt cliffs overlooking the Columbia River Gorge has become one of the top destinations in Washington wine country. Affordable wines like this are the foundation of their success. This superb Cab opens with aromas of Van cherries, ripe strawberries, raspberries and milk chocolate, followed by elegant flavors of blackberry jam and freshly brewed espresso. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition and Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (1,914 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Buried Cane 2008 Heartwood, Columbia Valley, $25. The Middleton family on the Washington coast is perhaps best known for Cadaretta, a high-end winery in Walla Walla. This is its value tier, and Heartwood is a new red blend for the label that leads with Syrah (78%). With the addition of Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise, it is a Rhone-style blend, and it sings. It opens with aromas of mint tea, oregano, blackberries and spice, followed by flavors of vanilla extract, roasted coffee, blackberry, black licorice and chocolate. Won gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (514 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Spangler Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot, Oregon, $38. Since taking over the old La Garza winery near Roseburg, Ore., Pat and Loree Spangler have turned their now-eponymous operation into one of the leading wineries in Southern Oregon. And they are not afraid to try something unusual. This opens with aromas of black olives, ripe dark fruit and pencil shavings, followed by flavors of juniper berries, blueberries and dark chocolate. It's a big wine without being overpowering, thanks to well-balanced fruit and tannin. Won gold at the Riverside International Wine Competition and Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (130 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Kyra Wines 2009 Purple Sage Vineyard Estate Dolcetto, Wahluke Slope, $18. Winemaker Kyra Baerlocher uses the Italian Dolcetto grape from her 100-acre estate Purple Sage Vineyard on the warm Wahluke Slope for this superb and rare Washington wine. It is a beautiful example of the grape, with aromas of rose petals and big, purple fruit, followed by graceful flavors of black cherries, blueberries and sweet chocolate. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (118 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Westport Winery 2009 Going Coastal Sparkling Gewurztraminer, Washington, $35. This winery on the Washington coast has a lot of fun coming up with clever names for its wide variety of wines, but there's also a lot of quality inside the bottle. This is a delicious sparkling wine that opens with aromas of pears, starfruit and pear butter, followed by flavors of yellow grapefruits and a creamy mouth feel. This wine has a fair bit of residual sweetness (3%), which is expertly balanced with the bright bubbles. Earned an "Outstanding" rating during Wine Press Northwest's sparkling wine judging and gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (204 cases, 11% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $15. Using estate grapes from the west side of the Okanagan Valley, Walter and Gordon Gehringer have crafted a bone-dry Riesling that is startlingly delicious. The 2007 version of this wine won a Platinum three years ago, so this is yet another successful repeat for the Gehringers. It opens with outstanding aromas of minerals, apples and floral notes, followed by bright flavors of slate, minerals, limes and apples. It is steely and elegant through the lengthy finish. Won gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships. (1,000 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Goose Ridge Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $18. The Monson family owns the 1,600-acre Goose Ridge Vineyard, one of Washington's largest vineyards. While most of the fruit goes to other wineries, winemaker Kendall Mix keeps some for the estate winery. This screams "Chardonnay!" from the first whiff, which reveals aromas of pineapple, mango, butterscotch and toast, followed by a creamy mouth feel that includes flavors of butterscotch and lemon pulp. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (1,800 cases, 14% alc.)

Left Coast Cellars 2009 Left Bank Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $18. This 100-acre vineyard and estate winery is just west of Salem near the Eola-Amity Hills, and it has added an on-premise cafe, one of the first such operations in Oregon wine country. Winemaker Luke McCollom has crafted a delicious Pinot Blanc -- the often-overlooked "third Pinot" of Oregon. It opens with aromas of slate, fresh linen and lime, followed by flavors of Key lime, lemon, ripe pear and wet stone. Won double gold at the Oregon Wine Awards. (198 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $23. This small producer in the southern Willamette Valley has crafted a nicely priced premium Oregon Pinot Noir. It opens with exotic aromas of leather, spice, gaminess and boysenberries, followed by complex and lively flavors of red raspberries and bright cherries. It should pair beautifully with braised meats, veal or mushroom-laden dishes. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (3,881 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Ded.reckoning NV Ded Man's Chest 15 Year Tawny Red Dessert Wine, Columbia Valley, $25. The label is owned by Doug Charles of Compass Wines, a wine shop in Anacortes, Wash. It was made by Don Townshend of Townshend Cellars near Spokane, who blended and aged the wine between 1990 and 2000. The average age of the wine, thus, is 15 years, and it's a classic tawny, with aromas of dried currants, raisins, dates and walnuts. On the palate, it reveals flavors of toffee, butterscotch, oranges, dates and chocolate-covered cherries. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (100 cases, 20% alc.)

Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2010 Patio Passion, Okanagan Valley, $18. This young winery is on the Black Sage Bench, perhaps the most venerable spot in the Canadian wine industry. This slightly off-dry rose is made with Merlot, and it strikes a delicious balance between minerality and fruit. On the nose, it reveals aromas of strawberries, cherries and even oranges with just a whisper of smokiness, followed by flavors of rhubarb and strawberries. It should pair nicely with dark turkey meat or barbecued ribs. Won gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships. (387 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Erath Winery 2008 Prince Hill 115 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50. Dick Erath planted Prince Hill Vineyard outside his home in 1983, and it's now one of winemaker Gary Horner's favorite sites. It opens with aromas loaded with red currants, cherries, strawberries and vanilla, followed by flavors of raspberries, ripe strawberries and fresh figs. Traces of smoke, earth and minerality wend their way through the wine, and everything is backed with modest tannins and exciting acidity. Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's Pinot Noir judging. (236 cases, 13% alc.)

Aubichon Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $38. This little winery in Dundee crafted a superb Pinot Noir in just its third vintage using grapes from the Dundee Hills and Chehalem Mountains. Winemaker Jim Sanders shows off his skills by making a wine that is Euro in style with layered, funky, forest floor components that are balanced with cherry and raspberry fruit. Its palate is impressive, thanks to balanced creaminess that makes it equal parts complex and approachable. Earned "Outstanding" in Wine Press Northwest's Pinot Noir judging. (251 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Dunham Cellars 2006 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28. This is winemaker Eric Dunham's fifth Platinum for this variety, having won for his 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006 (the latter for his Lewis Vineyard-designated version). Two of those -- the 2001 and 2004 -- were unanimous Double Platinums and the top wines in the competition. In other words, Dunham makes some crazy good Syrah -- and this one is a relative bargain. It opens with aromas of smoked bacon, black olives, black papper, horehound and pencil shavings, followed by flavors of ripe blackberries and blueberries. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (1,647 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $38. Stephen and Gloria Reustle crossed the country to grow grapes and make wine in Oregon's Umpqua Valley, and in just a few short years, the Reustles have established their winery as one of the most exciting in the state. The grapes for this wine came from estate grapes and reveal aromas of blackberries, black pepper and dark chocolate. On the palate, they show off flavors of espresso, milk chocolate, black licorice, black olives and a roasted meat characteristic. This won gold medals at the Monterey Wine Competition and San Diego International Wine Competition. (236 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Market Vineyards 2008 Dividend Syrah, Columbia Valley, $39. This boutique winery in Richland, Wash., uses stock market terms to name its offerings and even goes so far as to have a "Bull Market" and "Bear Market" for its two wine clubs. The wines are crafted by Charlie Hoppes, so it's no surprise to see this wine here. This Syrah opens with aromas of ripe plums, porcini mushrooms and espresso, followed by flavors of Marionberries, boysenberris and black licorice. Won gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (91 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Barnard Griffin 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17. This is the seventh Platinum for a Cabernet Sauvignon that Rob Griffin has earned over the years. Thus, it's no surprise to see this wine amid the best wines of 2011. This opens with aromas of black currants, blackberries and ripe dark plums, along with notes of vanilla and sweet spices. On the palate, this is loaded with a menagerie of ripe dark berries, including blackberries, blueberries and boysenberries. This is a drink-now red. Won gold at the Washington State Wine Competition (best red). (7,800 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Davenport Cellars 2007 Continuity Red, Columbia Valley, $24. A year ago, this wine was qualified in the 11th Platinum Judging and earned a double gold. This year, it became eligible again, and that extra year in the bottle was the difference. Davenport is a small producer in Woodinville, and this was its first vintage. The wine is equal parts Cab and Merlot, along with Malbec, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It opens with aromas of mint, cherries, loganberries and herbs. On the palate, it again shows off intriguing minty notes, as well as red-toned fruit. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (198 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Dunham Cellars 2008 Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20. Though this famous Walla Walla winery is best known for its Syrahs and Cabs, it also produces a number of white wines, including this vineyard-designated effort from its favorite spot in the Columbia Valley. This wine opens with intriguing aromas of petrol, as well as green apples. On the palate, it shows off more petrol with apricots and steely minerality. Everything is backed up with bracing acidity. Won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. (672 cases, 12.9% alc.)

Northstar Winery 2007 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $60. Winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld blended Cabernet Sauvignon (16%) and a touch of Petit Verdot (6%) to round out the edges of this beautiful Merlot from the Walla Walla Valley. It opens with aromas of black cherries, chocolate, black tea and blueberries, followed by mouth-filling flavors of blueberries and ripe plums. There's a certain richness to this wine, thanks to youthful tannins and exuberant acidity. This Merlot still has plenty of life in it. Won double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. (400 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Smasne Cellars 2008 Lawrence Vineyard Block 3 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35. Winemaker Robert Smasne focuses in on a special block of Syrah on the remote Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Wash., for this wine, and it is a beauty. It opens with aromas of huckleberries, blueberries, black pepper and chocolate. On the palate, it reveals flavors of Marionberries, huckleberries, blueberries and cola. Its beautiful texture carries the flavors through the lengthy finish. Won gold at the West Coast Wine Competition. (94 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Double Gold

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $15. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships (best in class). (2,000 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2009 Optimum Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $21. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (300 cases, 13.1% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: Grand Harvest Awards, New World International Wine Competition (best in class), Pacific Rim International Wine Competition (best in class). (500 cases, 12.5% alc.)

aMaurice Cellars 2008 Tobey, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (492 cases, 14.6% alc.)

JoieFarm 2010 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, $24. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition. (2,765 cases, 13% alc.)

Hogue Cellars 2009 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. (55,000 cases, 12.6% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2004 Reserve Sangiovese, Red Mountain, $25. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition. (1,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2007 Treaty , Walla Walla Valley, $45. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (180 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Le Chateau Winery 2008 Castle Red, Columbia Gorge, $22. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (570 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Reserve Dry Riesling, Red Mountain, $15. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition, Grand Harvest Awards, New World International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (800 cases, 13% alc.)

Saviah Cellars 2010 The Jack Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition (best in show). (1,084 cases, 12.9% alc.)

Anam Cara Cellars 2008 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (1,000 cases, 14% alc.)

Carlton Cellars 2009 Cape Lookout Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (786 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Cana's Feast Winery 2008 Ciel du Cheval and Coyote Canyon Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (358 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Rock Meadow Cellars 2008 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $22. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (78 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2008 Tall Tales Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $53. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (150 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Lakeside Vineyard Syrah, Lake Chelan, $28. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (452 cases, 15.5% alc.)

Holmes Harbor Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $29. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (168 cases, 15.3% alc.)

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2009 Wildwood Blend, Wahluke Slope, $24. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (205 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Silkscarf Winery 2008 Ensemble, Okanagan Valley, $38. Won gold at: Long Beach Grand Cru (best in class). (670 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Fraser Vineyard 2009 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $24. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (120 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Coyote Canyon Winery 2009 Downtown White, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (858 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Autumn Gold, Okanagan Valley, $19. Won gold at: Intervin. (1,200 cases, 13% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, $22. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Riverside International Wine Competition (Chairman's Award), Washington State Wine Competition (gold), Grand Harvest Awards (gold), Indy International Wine Competition (best in class). (12,600 cases, 12% alc.)

College Cellars 2010 Sagemoor Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (79 cases, 13% alc.)

JoieFarm 2010 Muscat, Okanagan Valley, $23. Won gold at: Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding). (453 cases, 11.4% alc.)

Acrobat 2009 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20. Won gold at: Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. (18,500 cases, 13% alc.)

Carlton Cellars 2009 Roads End Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (288 cases, 14.5% alc.)

L'Ecole No. 41 2007 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $37. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (1,326 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Anelare 2006 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $39. Won gold at: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (149 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (172 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Walla Walla Vintners 2007 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (513 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Smasne Cellars 2008 County Line Red, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (best in class). (750 cases, 13.5% alc.)

William Church Winery 2008 2 Spires, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (250 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Bunchgrass Winery 2008 Founder's Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (73 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Holmes Harbor Cellars 2008 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $45. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (38 cases, 15.2% alc.)

Tertulia Cellars 2008 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenere, Horse Heaven Hills, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (250 cases, 14.7% alc.)

8th Generation Vineyard 2010 Confidence Frizzante-style Rose, Okanagan Valley, $23. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Northwest Wine Summit. (533 cases, 12.1% alc.)

College Cellars 2010 Scholarship White, Walla Walla Valley, $12. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (49 cases, 13% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley, $13. Won gold at: Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class), Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (1,000 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2010 Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $17. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships. (4,800 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Tsillan Cellars 2009 Estate Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $22. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (497 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Columbia Crest 2009 Grand Estates Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), San Diego International Wine Competition (gold). (200,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Girly Girl Wines 2009 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: San Francisco International Wine Competition (double gold). (700 cases, 13% alc.)

Kyra Wines 2010 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (402 cases, 11.5% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Signature Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (494 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $25. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (145 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Beaumont Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards (best in show/double gold). (124 cases, 16.1% alc.)

Le Chateau Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Gorge, $32. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (216 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Vin du Lac of Chelan Winery 2008 Red Cafe Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (1,000 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (600 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2009 Winemaker's Red, Columbia Valley, $12. Won gold at: West Coast Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (25,515 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Griffin Creek 2008 Griffin, Rogue Valley, $60. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (128 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2008 Whistle Stop Red, Columbia Valley, $10. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (best in class), Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class). (20,000 cases, 14% alc.)

H/H Estates 2008 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Red Reserve, Horse Heaven Hills, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (64 cases, 14.3% alc.)

San Juan Vineyards 2008 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. ( cases, 14.1% alc.)

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2008 Vixen, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition (double gold). (538 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Thurston Wolfe 2008 Doctor Wolfe's Family Red, Washington, $16. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (650 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Spangler Vineyards 2009 Terraces Petite Sirah, Southern Oregon, $32. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (195 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Perennial Vintners NV Frambelle, Kitsap County, $19. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (90 cases, 19% alc.)

Silvan Ridge 2009 Semi-Sparkling Early Muscat, Oregon, $14. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (4,221 cases, 6.5% alc.)

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $17. Won gold at: B.C. Wine Awards. (5,150 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2010 Shameless Hussy Viognier, Columbia Valley, $18. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (250 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Cadaretta 2010 SBS, Columbia Valley, $23. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (821 cases, 14.1% alc.)

L'Ecole No. 41 2009 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $19. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (840 cases, 14% alc.)

Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Stoney Slope Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $20. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (500 cases, 13.3% alc.)

8th Generation Vineyard 2010 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $20. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit (gold). (325 cases, 12.8% alc.)

Erath Winery 2008 Prince Hill 777 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding). (234 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Le Cadeau Vineyard 2008 Rocheux Pinot Noir, Oregon, $47. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding). (205 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Columbia Valley, $30. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (220 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Kontos Cellars 2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. ( cases, 14% alc.)

Watermill Winery 2008 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $24. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (114 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Coiled Wines 2009 Sidewinder, Snake River Valley, $25. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (395 cases, 14.7% alc.)

L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $37. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (1,005 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Snake River Winery 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Syrah, Snake River Valley, $17. Won gold at: Idaho Wine Competition. (215 cases, % alc.)

Koenig Vineyards 2008 Cuvee Amelia Reserve Syrah, Snake River Valley, $50. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (48 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Thurston Wolfe 2009 Burgess Vineyard Syrah, Washington, $30. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (206 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Watermill Winery 2008 Estate Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $28. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (190 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Gamache Vintners 2007 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition. (369 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Northwest Totem Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). ( cases, 14.5% alc.)

aMaurice Cellars 2007 Horiuchi, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: American Fine Wine Competition. (492 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Chateau Walla Walla 2008 Masterpiece Red, Walla Walla Valley, $45. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (286 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Hogue Cellars 2010 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (120,406 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Upland Estates 2008 Malbec, Snipes Mountain, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (93 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (191,540 cases, 11.5% alc.)

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Blanc de Noirs, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Seattle Wine Awards, Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Long Beach Grand Cru. (20,081 cases, 11% alc.)

8th Generation Vineyard 2010 Pinot Meunier Rose, Okanagan Valley, $20. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships. (387 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Mystic River Vineyard Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $23. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (200 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Quady North 2009 Ox Block Viognier, Applegate Valley, $25. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (140 cases, 14% alc.)

Clubhouse Cellars 2009 Twisted Knickers, Columbia Valley, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards . ( cases, 14.1% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2009 Winemaker's White, Columbia Valley, $10. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (3,854 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $24. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (gold), Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (12,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (270 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Mercer Estates 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (1,563 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Lumos Wine Co. 2008 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot, Oregon, $32. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (688 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition (double gold), Long Beach Grand Cru (best in class), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (249 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Domaine de Chaberton 2008 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $28. Won gold at: Intervin. (437 cases, % alc.)

Smasne Cellars 2008 Phinny Hill Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven HIlls, $32. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (71 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Golgotha Bloc Malbec, Umpqua Valley, $28. Won gold at: West Coast Wine Competition (best in class). (100 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2007 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $40. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (95 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Barnard Griffin 2008 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (150 cases, 13.4% alc.)

Vin du Lac Winery 2009 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $40. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (647 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Gamache Vintners 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $24. Won gold at: Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition (best in class), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (322 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Red Sky Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). ( cases, 14.5% alc.)

Vin du Lac Winery 2008 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (305 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Vin du Lac Winery 2009 Barrel Select Cuvee Rouge, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (1,080 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Northwest Totem Cellars 2007 Potlatch, Columbia Valley, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). ( cases, 13.8% alc.)

Smasne Cellars 2007 Phinny Hill Vineyard Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $32. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (best in class). (48 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Wedge Mountain Winery NV Roses and Rubies, Washington, $25. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition (best dessert), North Central Washington Wine Awards. (166 cases, 18% alc.)

Treveri Cellars NV Gewurztraminer Demi-Sec Blanc de Blanc , Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Seattle Wine Awards. (500 cases, 12% alc.)

Jones of Washington 2010 Estate Rose of Syrah, Columbia Valley, $14. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition. (663 cases, 11.9% alc.)

Quady North 2010 4-2, A Rose, Rogue Valley, $14. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (350 cases, 12.5% alc.)

JoieFarm 2010 Pinot Noir Rose, Okanagan Valley, $21. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition (best rose). (2,292 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (3,972 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Snake River Winery 2010 Arena Valley Vineyard Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10. Won gold at: Idaho Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit. (1,100 cases, 10.7% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2009 Riesling, Oregon, $14. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (24,000 cases, 10% alc.)

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills, $10. Won gold at: Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (3,564 cases, 11% alc.)

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $9. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (1,521 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Tualatin Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. Won gold at: Grand Harvest Awards. (322 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Dukes Family Vineyards 2008 Alyssa Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Oregon Wine Awards. (425 cases, 13.5% alc.)

King Estate 2008 Domaine Pinot Noir, Oregon, $60. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (1,171 cases, 13% alc.)

Columbia Crest 2009 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (58,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2007 Milbrandt Vineyard Reserve Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $30. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (120 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Gamache Vintners 2006 Estate Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: Grand Harvest Awards. (281 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Quady North 2008 4-2, A Syrah, Rogue Valley, $25. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (650 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Saviah Cellars 2008 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition (double gold). (261 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Griffin Creek 2008 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $38. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (225 cases, 15% alc.)

Gold

Glencorrie 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (96 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Skylite Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $28. Won gold at: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (double gold). (222 cases, 14% alc.)

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard and Winery 2008 !Adentro!, Walla Walla Valley, $29. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (217 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Spangler Vineyards 2008 Claret, Southern Oregon, $25. Won gold at: Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (154 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Brian Carter Cellars 2007 Le Coursier, Columbia Valley, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (1,070 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Buty Winery 2007 Phinny Hill Vineyard Columbia Rediviva, Horse Heaven Hills, $50. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (970 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: New World International Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (335 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Gilstrap Brothers NV Syrah Dessert Wine, Columbia Valley, $14. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (400 cases, 19% alc.)

Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Gewuerztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $19. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships, Indy International Wine Competition. (900 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Columbia Crest 2007 Grand Estates Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards, West Coast Wine Competition, Los Angeles International Wine Competition (best in class). (285,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (266 cases, 15.1% alc.)

Kitzke Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $26. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (52 cases, 13.9% alc.)

NxNW 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. (3,500 cases, % alc.)

Col Solare 2007 Red, Columbia Valley, $70. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (11,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2008 Stone Tree Vineyard BFM, Columbia Valley, $53. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (125 cases, 15.3% alc.)

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2009 Odyssey Meritage, Okanagan Valley, $35. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships, Indy International Wine Competition. (779 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Rock Meadow Cellars 2008 Rockin' Red, Columbia Valley, $19. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. ( cases, 14.4% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (4,600 cases, 13% alc.)

Cana's Feast Winery 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (198 cases, 15% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards, Northwest Wine Summit. (4,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Gard Vintners 2007 Lawrence Vineyards Twenty Six Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (73 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Stina's Cellars 2010 Millennium Vineyards Siegerrebe, Washington, $14. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition (best white). (120 cases, 11.5% alc.)

Melrose Vineyards 2007 Equinox, Umpqua Valley, $22. Won gold at: Long Beach Grand Cru. (675 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Cote Bonneville 2007 DuBrul Vineyard Carriage House Red, Yakima Valley, $50. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (853 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2008 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $26. Won gold at: Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (820 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Ice Wine, Red Mountain, $25. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition. (2,000 cases, 9.6% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Masada Bloc Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32. Won gold at: Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (444 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Robert Karl Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (500 cases, 14% alc.)

Glencorrie 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (144 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $24. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships. (750 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2010 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $15. Won gold at: International Eastern Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition. (750 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Claar Cellars 2009 White Bluffs Vineyards Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley, $40. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (89 cases, 11% alc.)

Red Sky Winery 2009 Sunshine White, Washington, $19. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (125 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Erath Winery 2008 Prince Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $45. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (563 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Quady North 2007 Flagship Syrah, Applegate Valley, $65. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (50 cases, 15% alc.)

Wedge Mountain Winery 2009 Trois Chevaux Rouges, Columbia Valley, $22. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (96 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Thurston Wolfe 2008 Zephyr Ridge Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills, $20. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (390 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Arrowleaf Cellars 2010 Late Harvest Vidal, Okanagan Valley, $20. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (445 cases, 11.2% alc.)

Camas Prairie Winery 2011 Raspberry Mead, Idaho, $14. Won gold at: Idaho Wine Competition. (95 cases, 12% alc.)

Dutch John's Winery 2007 Syrah, Washington, $18. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (75 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, San Diego International Wine Competition, American Fine Wine Competition. (2,500 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Tertulia Cellars 2007 Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $32. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (306 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Steppe Cellars 2007 Artemisia, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: International Women's Wine Competition. (133 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Columbia Crest 2007 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (48,000 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Tertulia Cellars 2008 Excelsior , Walla Walla Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (265 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Davenport Cellars 2007 R.H.D. Red, Columbia Valley, $24. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (282 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Spring Valley Vineyards 2008 Estate Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, $50. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (2,200 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Silvan Ridge 2009 Reserve Viognier, Rogue Valley, $18. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (415 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Open Road Wine Co. 2009 Old Vine Semillon, Wahluke Slope, $26. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (70 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Elton Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $45. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (413 cases, 13% alc.)

Le Cadeau Vineyard 2008 Equinoxe Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $47. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding). (196 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Pishon Bloc Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $31. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (592 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: International Eastern Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (295 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Silkscarf Winery 2007 Reserve Shiraz, Okanagan Valley, $59. Won gold at: Long Beach Grand Cru. (385 cases, 14% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2008 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (200 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25. Won gold at: West Coast Wine Competition. (2,000 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Serendipity Cellars 2008 Serenata, Okanagan Valley, $40. Won gold at: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (259 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Pondera Winery 2008 Sericus , Columbia Valley, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (155 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Otis Kenyon Wine 2007 Matchless Red, Walla Walla Valley, $23. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition. (797 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: Long Beach Grand Cru. (282 cases, % alc.)

Domaine de Chaberton 2009 Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley, $16. Won gold at: All Canadian Wine Championships, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, All Canadian Wine Championships (best in class). (888 cases, % alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Dry Riesling, Willamette Valley, $16. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (1,025 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Brooks Wines 2008 Janus Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (1,200 cases, 13.4% alc.)

Brooks Wines 2008 Rastaban Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (300 cases, 13.4% alc.)

Tertulia Cellars 2008 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (196 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2008 Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $25. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards, Washington State Wine Competition. (890 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Walla Walla Vintners 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (757 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Bunchgrass Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $42. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (72 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Col Solare 2006 Red, Columbia Valley, $71. Won gold at: Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. (10,000 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Thurston Wolfe 2007 The Geologist, Washington, $50. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (120 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Market Vineyards 2007 Basis Points Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $39. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (125 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Columbia Crest 2008 Grand Estates Amitage, Columbia Valley, $12. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards, West Coast Wine Competition (best in class). (27,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Dutch John's Winery 2006 Great Northern Red, Washington, $20. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (100 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Arrowleaf Cellars 2009 First Crush Red, Okanagan Valley, $16. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (720 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $26. Won gold at: Monterey Wine Competition. (515 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Troon Vineyard 2009 Kubli Bench Zinfandel, Oregon, $24. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (310 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2009 Late Harvest White Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: West Coast Wine Competition. (800 cases, 10.5% alc.)

Treveri Cellars NV Riesling Demi-Sec, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition. (500 cases, 12% alc.)

Treveri Cellars NV Mueller Thurgau Sec Blanc de Blanc, Columbia Valley, $16. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Seattle Wine Awards. (250 cases, 12% alc.)

Northwest Cellars 2009 Upland Vineyard Viognier, Snipes Mountain, $14. Won gold at: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (100 cases, 15.1% alc.)

Jones of Washington 2010 Estate Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $14. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Washington State Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (388 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Oak Knoll Winery 2009 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $12. Won gold at: Grand Harvest Awards. (5,476 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Mercer Estates 2009 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (1,595 cases, 12.6% alc.)

Oak Knoll Winery 2008 Semi-Sweet Riesling, Oregon, $10. Won gold at: Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (1,785 cases, 12% alc.)

Seufert Winery 2009 Vista Hills Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $35. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (125 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $16. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (2,315 cases, 14.4% alc.)

Barnard Griffin 2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition (double gold). (4,600 cases, 13.7% alc.)

Elegante Cellars 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition (double gold). (70 cases, 13% alc.)

Boomtown 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (4,800 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Ridge Crest 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $10. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (422 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Rock Meadow Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $26. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (62 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2007 Tre Amore, Columbia Valley, $39. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (290 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Hyatt Vineyards 2008 Roza Ridge Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills, $15. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (734 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Kana Winery 2007 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $18. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (235 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Mount Baker Vineyards & Winery 2007 Late Harvest Viognier, Yakima Valley, $28. Won gold at: New World International Wine Competition (double gold/best in class). (61 cases, 9% alc.)

Lake Crest Winery 2009 Ice Wine, Washington, $40. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (50 cases, 12.3% alc.)

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer, Snake River Valley, $9. Won gold at: Idaho Wine Competition (best white). (230 cases, 12.83% alc.)

King Estate 2009 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $17. Won gold at: Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. (90,000 cases, 13% alc.)

8th Generation Vineyard 2010 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $20. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, All Canadian Wine Championships. (226 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Great Oregon Wine Co. 2010 Rascal Pinot Gris, Oregon, $7. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (12,000 cases, 13% alc.)

Hogue Cellars 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $11. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (43,801 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Jones of Washington 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards (best white), Seattle Wine Awards. (179 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2010 Reserve Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $26. Won gold at: Monterey Wine Competition. (238 cases, 12.7% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (3,379 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Oak Knoll Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $15. Won gold at: Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (6,750 cases, 12.6% alc.)

Sineann 2008 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (1,500 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Beaumont Cellars 2009 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $20. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (76 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2006 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $18. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition (best in show). (239 cases, 14% alc.)

L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (2,261 cases, 15% alc.)

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2007 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $25. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards. (240 cases, 13.9% alc.)

San Juan Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). ( cases, 14.1% alc.)

Mackey Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (148 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2007 Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, $45. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (225 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Proprietor's Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley, $30. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (584 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Jones of Washington 2006 Jones Estate Barrel Select, Wahluke Slope, $25. Won gold at: North Central Washington Wine Awards (double gold). (380 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Brown Box Wine 2009 Riesling, Washington, $19. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (2,000 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Jones of Washington 2008 Estate Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $17. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (414 cases, 14% alc.)

Hyatt Vineyards 2006 Roza Ridge Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $15. Won gold at: Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. (735 cases, 13.9% alc.)

Wedge Mountain Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (45 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (1,190 cases, 13.4% alc.)

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit. (240,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Ash Hollow Estate Vineyards & Winery 2007 Headless Red, Walla Walla Valley, $18. Won gold at: Capital Wine Competition, Seattle Wine Awards. (330 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2009 Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $38. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (293 cases, 14.6% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2009 Grenache, Columbia Valley, $28. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (250 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Spangler Vineyards 2009 Grenache, Southern Oregon, $32. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (122 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Treveri Cellars NV Pinot Gris Extra-Sec Blanc de Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding). (500 cases, 12% alc.)

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Blanc de Blancs, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Seattle Wine Awards, Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Indy International Wine Competition. (32,640 cases, 11.5% alc.)

Arrowleaf Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $15. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (660 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards 2010 Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (503 cases, 13.1% alc.)

Erath Winery 2008 Estate Selection Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $36. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, San Diego International Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (4,920 cases, 13% alc.)

Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $25. Won gold at: B.C. Wine Awards. (7,000 cases, 14% alc.)

Seufert Winery 2009 Johan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (235 cases, 13.4% alc.)

Anelare 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $39. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (100 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Dusted Valley Vintners 2008 Stained Tooth Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (200 cases, 14.7% alc.)

Maryhill Winery 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $17. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Northwest Wine Summit, Grand Harvest Awards, Indy International Wine Competition (double gold). (1,397 cases, 14.2% alc.)

Robert Karl Cellars 2008 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $26. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (150 cases, 13.5% alc.)

San Juan Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). ( cases, 14.1% alc.)

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $25. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (255 cases, 14.3% alc.)

Watermill Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $24. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Oregon Wine Awards. (480 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Koenig Vineyards 2008 Cuveen Alden Private Reserve, Snake River Valley, $50. Won gold at: Idaho Wine Competition. (72 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Hogue Cellars 2010 Zephyr Ridge Vineyard Sangiovese Rosato, Horse Heave Hills, $18. Won gold at: Washington State Wine Competition. (197 cases, 13% alc.)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition, Northwest Wine Summit. (4,704 cases, 12.5% alc.)

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (489 cases, 13.3% alc.)

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (12,190 cases, 13% alc.)

Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2008 Natasha Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $30. Won gold at: Oregon Wine Awards. (370 cases, 14% alc.)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2008 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15. Won gold at: San Diego International Wine Competition. (9,079 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Vin du Lac Winery 2008 Red Cafe Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20. Won gold at: Northwest Wine Summit, Seattle Wine Awards. (875 cases, 14.1% alc.)

Whidbey Island Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $34. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (180 cases, 13% alc.)

Domanico Cellars 2008 Mesa Rojo, Horse Heaven Hills, $21. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold). (260 cases, 14.9% alc.)

Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery 2008 Rosebud Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $28. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. (150 cases, 13.8% alc.)

Boomtown 2009 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold). (1,800 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Mercer Estates 2009 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (2,396 cases, 12.3% alc.)

Claar Cellars 2010 White Bluffs Riesling, Columbia Valley, $13. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (654 cases, 12% alc.)

Erath Winery 2008 Leland Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45. Won gold at: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Wine Press Northwest (Outstanding), Oregon Wine Awards. (420 cases, 13% alc.)

Spangler Vineyards 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon, $35. Won gold at: Riverside International Wine Competition, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, Oregon Wine Awards (double gold). (324 cases, 13.4% alc.)

EdenVale Winery 2005 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $45. Won gold at: Portland Wine Festival. (114 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2009 Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $16. Won gold at: Indy International Wine Competition. (1,300 cases, 13.2% alc.)

Ash Hollow Estate Vineyards & Winery 2007 Estate Nine Mile Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $20. Won gold at: Seattle Wine Awards. (300 cases, 14.8% alc.)

Andy Perdue is editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine.

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