Walla Walla winery red tops Washington State Wine Competition

By on June 14, 2013

Washington state wine competition

YAKIMA, Wash. – A Walla Walla Valley red blend was the best wine at the 32nd annual Washington State Wine Competition, held last week at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds.

Washington State Wine Competition

Rich Funk is the owner and winemaker at Saviah Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash.

Saviah Cellars‘ 2009 Big Sky Cuvee, a classic Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, was crafted by owner/winemaker Richard Funk. He named after the nickname for Montana, his home state. The wine also won best red wine.

Array Cellars in Seattle won best white wine for its Chardonnay – a wine from just the second vintage for Array.

Ryan Patrick Vineyards’ 2010 Reserve Cab won best Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is owned by Milbrandt Vineyards in Mattawa.

Barnard Griffin in Richland won best Merlot for its 2010 Merlot. Ridge Crest – a second label for Claar Cellars north of Pasco – won best Syrah.

Here are the complete results of the competition.

Best in show

Saviah Cellars 2009 Big Sky Cuvee

Best white

Array Cellars 2011 Chardonnay

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Merlot

Barnard Griffin 2010 Merlot

Best Syrah

Ridge Crest 2010 Syrah

Double gold

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Chardonnay


Barnard Griffin 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Tres Cruces

Harbinger Winery 2010 Malbec

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards NV Nauti Bouy Riesling

Jones of Washington 2012 Rosé of Syrah

Jones of Washington 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Ice Wine Chenin Blanc

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Malbec

Lookout Point Winery 2011 Grenache

Naches Heights Vineyard 2012 Can-Can

Neppel Cellars 2009 Syrah

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Viognier

Rolling Bay Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

San Juan Vineyards 2012 Siegerrebe

Saviah Cellars 2011 The Jack Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Thurston Wolfe 2011 Howling Wolfe Zinfandel

Thurston Wolfe 2012 Viognier

Two Mountain Winery 2009 Merlot

Westport Winery 2011 Boat Shed Red

Yakima Valley Vintners 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon


Airfield Estates Winery 2011 Zinfandel

Amelia Wynn Winery 2010 Sangiovese

Antolin Cellars 2011 Chardonnay

Antolin Cellars 2010 Estate Carmenere

Antolin Cellars 2010 Malbec

Barrel Springs Winery 2008 B.S. Red

Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Oriana

Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Opulento

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Le Coursier

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Byzance

Brian Carter Cellars 2008 Trentenaire

Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Tuttorosso

Brown Box Wines NV Chardonnay

Claar Cellars 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Claar Cellars 2010 Cab-Merlot

Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Daven Lore Winery 2010 Petit Verdot

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Barbera

Ginkgo Forest Winery NV Raspberry Sensation

Girly Girl Wines 2011 Pinot Gris

Girly Girl Wines 2010 Chardonnay

Girly Girl Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Girly Girl Wines 2011 Riesling

Girly Girl Wines 2012 Moscato

Harbinger Winery 2009 Cab Franc

Harbinger Winery 2009 El Jefe

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2011 Good in Bed

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris

Jones of Washington 2012 Pinot Gris

Jones of Washington 2012 Riesling

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Big G

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Big Kiona

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Merlot

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Seven Hills Estate Vineyard Luminesce

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Chardonnay

L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Semillon

L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Chenin Blanc

Lookout Point Winery 2010 Malbec

Lookout Point Winery NV Two Coyotes

Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Chenin Blanc

Maryhill Winery 2010 Syrah

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Syrah

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Malbec

Maryhill Winery 2010 Sangiovese

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Zinfandel

Maryhill Winery 2011 Winemaker’s Red

Merry Cellars 2010 Carmenere

Naches Heights Vineyard 2012 Riesling

Naches Heights Vineyard 2012 Gewurztraminer

Naches Heights Vineyard 2010 Mourvedre

Proper Wines 2010 Estate Syrah

Reflection Vineyards 2010 Melange

Ridge Crest 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Merlot

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Tempranillo

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Malbec

San Juan Vineyards 2012 Madeleine Angevine

San Juan Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Saviah Cellars 2009 Estate Syrah

Saviah Cellars 2011 The Jack Syrah

Saviah Cellars 2012 The Jack Riesling

Silver Lake Winery 2011 Roza Riesling

Silver Lake Winery 2008 Merlot

Siren Song 2009 Dolcetto

Spoiled Dog Winery 2011 Deception

Terra Blanca Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Thomas O’Neil Cellars NV Fusion

Thurston Wolfe 2010 Petite Sirah

Thurston Wolfe 2010 Port

Thurston Wolfe 2012 2nd Chance Rosé

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Syrah

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Sangiovese

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Estate Nudo Chardonnay

Tucker Cellars 2012 Gewurztraminer

Two Brothers Winery 2010 Fiore Rosso

Two Mountain Winery 2009 Syrah

Two Mountain Winery 2012 Riesling

Westport Winery 2011 Willapa White

Westport Winery NV Ancient Mariner’s

Wind Rose Cellars 2010 Bravo Rosso

Wind Rose Cellars 2011 Primitivo

Windy Point Vineyards 2007 Syrah

Windy Point Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Windy Point Vineyards 2007 Exclamation Point

Wineglass Cellars 2011 Chardonnay

Wineglass Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Yakima Valley Vintners 2010 Primitivo


Airfield Estates Winery 2011 Pinot Noir

Airfield Estates Winery 2010 Aviator

Amelia Wynn Winery 2012 Viognier

Amelia Wynn Winery 2012 Rose’

Amelia Wynn Winery 2010 Cuveé

Antolin Cellars 2011 Estate Riesling

Aspenwood Cellars 2010 Merlot

Barrel Springs Winery 2008 Syrah

Cedar River Cellars 2011 Bella Bella Syrah

Cowan Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cowan Vineyards 2007 Merlot

Cowan Vineyards 2007 Cab Franc

Cowan Vineyards 2007 Tartan Red

Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 Primitivo

Coyote Canyon Winery 2009 Michael Andrews Red

Coyote Canyon Winery 2011 Andrews White

Daven Lore Winery 2010 Aridisol Blend

Daven Lore Winery 2010 Merlot

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2008 Ginkgo Red

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Ginkgo Blanco

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Rose’

Glen Fiona Winery 2011 Syrah

Harbinger Winery 2012 Rose

Jones of Washington 2012 Viognier

Jones of Washington 2010 Cabernet Franc

Jones of Washington 2010 Syrah

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Lemberger

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Chenin Blanc

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Dry Riesling

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Riesling

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Cab Franc

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Sangiovese

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Monte Caramelle

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Malbec

Lake Chelan Winery 2011 Stormy Mountain White

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Seven HIlls Vineyard Syrah

Leone Italian Cellars 2009 Dolcetto

Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Sangiovese Rosé

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Merlot

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Maryhill Winery 2010 Reserve Sangiovese

Maryhill Winery 2010 Zinfandel

Maryhill Winery 2010 Grenache

Maryhill Winery 2010 Barbera

Merry Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Merry Cellars 2011 Malbec

Merry Cellars 2010 Crimson

Naches Heights Vineyard 2012 Pinot Gris

Naches Heights Vineyard 2010 Cab-Franc

Orca Wines 2011 Pinot Gris

Reflection Vineyards 2010 Syrah

Ridge Crest 2010 Merlot

Rio Vista Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rolling Bay Winery 2010 Monitou

Ryan Patrick Vineyards NV Redhead Red

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2009 Rock Island Red

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2011 Ryan’s Riesling

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Skylite Cellars 2009 Soiree

Skylite Cellars 2008 Reserve

Skylite Cellars 2009 Malbec

Terra Blanca Winery 2008 Onyx

Thomas O’Neil Cellars 2011 Muscat Canelli

Thurston Wolfe 2010 Petit Verdot

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Malbec – Estate

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Sinistra

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Sempre Amore

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Chardonnay – Estate

Tucker Cellars 2011 Riesling

Wind Rose Cellars 2010 Barbera

Windy Point Vineyards 2008 Nebbiolo

Wineglass Cellars 2007 Rich Harvest

Yakima Valley Vintners 2010 Merlot

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .


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