WINE: Richland winery wins top award in California competition

January 6, 2012 

Barnard Griffin started off 2012 right with an unprecedented award for its Rosé of Sangiovese. The wine from the 2011 vintage won a gold medal and the sweepstakes for top pink wine of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

This is the seventh consecutive year the Richland winery has won gold or better for its Rosé of Sangiovese.

Owner/winemaker Rob Griffin expressed surprise at the award because winter damage forced him to change vineyard sources last year.

Here are all the best-in-class, double gold and gold medal winners from the Pacific Northwest:

Best rose

Barnard Griffin 2011 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $12

Best in class

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

Del Rio Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2009 Estate Lemberger, Lemberger, $12

Maryhill Winery 2009 Proprietor's Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $20

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $25

Nicola's Redmark 2009 White wine, Columbia Valley, $10

Pebblestone Cellars 2010 Ellis Vineyards Block 1 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $15

Double gold

Archery Summit 2009 Arcus Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $85

Basel Cellars 2008 Pheasant Run Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Cuckoos Nest Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 The Estates Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $20

Oak Knoll Winery NV Frambrosia, Oregon, $12

Obelisco Estate 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Revelry Vintners 2009 Reveler, Columbia Valley, $20

Stoller Vineyards 2008 SV Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $40

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Dry Gewurztraminer, Lake Chelan, $16

Gold

Acrobat 2010 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $12

Airfield Estates 2010 Airfield Estate Counoise, Yakima Valley, $30

Apex 2008 Ascent Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15

Aubin Cellars 2007 Boushey Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley, $24

Barnard Griffin 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $17

Basel Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Ethos Merlot, Columbia Valley, $38

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $55

Claar Cellars 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

Columbia Crest 2009 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Crest 2009 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Crest 2008 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $30

Convergence Zone Cellar 2009 Storm Front, Red Mountain, $28

Desert Wind Winery 2009 Desert Wind Vineyard Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $18

Desert Wind Winery 2009 Ruah, Wahluke Slope, $20

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Duck Pond Cellars 2010 St. Jory Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $12

Haystack Needle Winery 2009 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $10

Heaven's Cave Cellars 2007 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Riesling Ice Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $39

Kestrel Vintners 2007 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $40

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2009 Estate Merlot, Red Mountain, $30

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2009 Ice Wine, Red Mountain, $25

L'Ecole No. 41 2010 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Riesling, Lake Chelan, $20

Lake Chelan Winery 2008 Rivers Bend Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Martin-Scott Winery 2009 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $26

Maryhill Winery 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $17

Maryhill Winery 2009 Proprietor's Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Maryhill Winery 2009 Proprietor's Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Masquerade 2007 Sparkling, Columbia Valley, $35

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2009 Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $25

Olympic Cellars 2008 Boushey/Ciel du Cheval Syrah, Columbia Valley, $23

Otis Kenyon Wine 2008 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Ellis Vineyards Syrah, Rogue Valley, $24

Roza Ridge 2008 Roza Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Roza Ridge 2008 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Roza Ridge 2009 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2009 Zinfandel, Applegate Valley, $32

Skylite Cellars 2008 Soiree, Walla Walla Valley, $18

Smasne Cellars 2008 Owens Reserve, Columbia Valley, $75

Smasne Cellars 2008 Phinny Hill Carmenere, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Sozo Friends 2007 Bountiful, Columbia Valley, $50

Stoller Vineyards 2009 JV Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $25

Three Brothers Winery 2009 Airfield Estate Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills, $26

Trio Vintners 2008 Riot, Columbia Valley, $18

Watermill Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Elton/Tualatin Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

William Augustus 2010 Viognier-Marsanne, Rogue Valley, $16

Zerba Cellars 2009 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, $38

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