Winners have been announced from the 2014 SavorNW Wine Awards, one of the largest competitions open to wineries from all regions in the Northwest. More than 550 wines were evaluated in February and SavorNW awarded 63 Gold Medals to wines in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
One of the biggest winners was Southern Oregon’s Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards who claimed five Gold Medals including two Double Golds and two Best of Class awards. The Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards’ 2012 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir was awarded Double Gold and Best Pinot Noir out of the 48 Pinots in the competition. Reustle’s 2012 Malbec and 2012 Tempranillo also won Gold and Best of Class in their varietals. Also with a strong showing for the second year in a row was Washington’s Smasne Cellars, who also captured five Gold Medals. Smasne’s 2011 Petite Sirah was a Double Gold and Best of Class in the Other Reds category. Their 2011 Grenache, 2010 County Line Red, 2010 Block #3 Syrah and 2012 Fran’s White were also Gold Medal winners.
The only other winery to capture more than two Gold Medals was Southern Oregon’s Schmidt Family Vineyards that won three Gold Medals including their 2012 Chardonnay, 2011 Pinot Noir and 2010 Tempranillo. Red Lily Vineyards in Southern Oregon claimed two Gold Medals including a Double Gold for their 2012 Lily Girl Rose.
Other Washington wineries claiming two Gold Medals each included Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Columbia Crest, Coyote Canyon Winery, Kontos Cellars and Latah Creek Wine Cellars. Two British Columbia wineries earned multiple Gold Medals including Thornhaven Estates Winery and Isabella Winery. Thornhaven took a Double Gold and Best of Class for their 2012 Rose and Gold for their 2012 Pinot Gris. Isabella’s Gold entries included a Double Gold and Best Dessert Wine for their 2012 Golden Maple Icewine and a Gold for their 2010 Riesling-Chardonnay dessert wine.
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The SavorNW Wine Awards was conducted February 24-26 in Cannon Beach, Oregon with three panels of professional judges evaluating the wines. Double Gold Medals were earned when all three judges on the panel unanimously scored the wine Gold. “Judges are instructed that any medal in our competition should be an above average example of Northwest wine making,” said Gary Hayes, Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards. Silver Medals are above average wines with distinctive character and Gold Medal wines are above average wines with exceptional character. All of the medal winners are listed at SavorNW.com.