Local wineries earn Best of Show
The Oregon Wine Competition has released its list of award winners from the Oregon Wine Experience event being held in Jacksonville, with Best of Show awards going to Cuckoo's Nest Cellars in Gold Hill, Pebblestone Cellars in Phoenix and Plaisance Ranch in the Williams area.
Cuckoo's Nest Cellars earned a top honor for its 2015 Fizzé, Early Muscat (winemaker Bryan Wilson, retail $15), Pebblestone Cellars for its 2015 Viognier, (winemaker Bryan Wilson, retail $25) and Plaisance Ranch for its 2013 Syrah (winemaker Joe Ginet, retail $30).
Winemakers receiving top awards were Wilson, Ginet, Herb Quady and Brian Grubert. In all, 62 vintners received 130 double gold, gold, and silver medals.
The competition, open to wineries throughout Oregon, attracted 218 wines in 30 classifications, made by 56 winemakers for 68 wineries. The wine entries consisted of 66 white, 136 red and 16 rosé and dessert wines.
The wines were judged by a panel of six nationally renowned experts, three of them with Masters of Wine certifications. Double gold medals were awarded to wines receiving gold medal scores from all judges on a panel and a Best of Show award was given to the top wine in each of three categories: white, red and other (blush, sparkling and dessert).
Double gold and gold medal winners were:
Abacela, 2015 Albariño; Brandborg Vineyard and Winery, 2013 Love Puppets Pinot Noir; Edenvale, 2008 Tempranillo; Ermisch Family Cellars, 2014 Erendira's Rise Pinot Noir; Irvine Family Vineyards, 2014 Pinot Noir; Plaisance Ranch, 2013 Carménère; Quady North, 2015 Pistoleta; Red Lily Vineyards, 2014 Night School red dessert wine; Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, 2014 Syrah Winemaker's Reserve; RoxyAnn Winery, 2012 Claret; Season Cellars, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; Silvan Ridge Winery, 2013 Malbec; Weisinger Family Winery, 2015 Chardonnay; Weisinger Family Winery, 2013 Malbec.
Abacela, 2013 Garnacha; Abacela, 2015 Blanco Dulce dessert wine; Belle Fiore Winery, 2013 Belle Esprit Teroldego; Cat Man Cellars, 2014 Tempranillo; Cuckoo's Nest Cellars, 2015 Aromatique; Cuckoo's Nest Cellars, Two Birds; Daisy Creek Vineyard, 2013 Malbec; Deer Creek Vineyards, 2014 Pinot Noir; Del Rio, 2013 Syrah; Eliana Wines, 2013 Tempranillo; Foris Vineyards, 2014 Cedar Ranch Pinot Noir; Grizzly Peak Winery, 2014 Viognier; Halliday Hill Vineyard, 2014 Pinot Noir; Hellgate Cellars, 2014 Syrah; Hellgate Cellars, 2014 Hellgate Red;
Marchesi Vineyards, 2014 Solimano; Pebblestone Cellars, 2012 Cabernet Franc; Pebblestone Cellars, 2012 Tempranillo; Plaisance Ranch, 2013 Mondeusé; Quady North, 2013 Flagship Syrah; RoxyAnn Winery, 2012 Merlot; Silvan Ridge Winery, 2015 Early Muscat Semi-Sparkling; Slagle Creek Vineyards, 2013 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer; Soléna Estate, 2014 Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir; Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery, 2015 Vermentino Secco; Triple Oak Vineyard, 2014 Red Oak; Troon Vineyard, 2014 Longue Carabine; Troon Vineyard, 2013 Malbec.
For more information on the award-winning wines, including silver medalists, winemakers' names and retail price, see the list below.