DeLille Cellars is Winery of Year at San Diego wine competition

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DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash., earned the distinction of “Winery of the Year” at this summer’s Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. (Photo courtesy of Bacchus Capital Management)

SAN DIEGO – A Woodinville winery’s showing at a top international wine competition earned it the distinction of Winery of the Year.

DeLille Cellars, known for its high-quality Bordeaux-style blends and Rhône-style wines, received the award at the 10th annual Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, held this summer in Southern California.

DeLille picked up four “Platinum” awards that pushed those wines into the championship round. Only V. Sattui of Napa Valley had more with six (and it entered more than 30 wines to accomplish that).

Hawks View Cellars in Sherwood, Ore., won the award for top Pinot Noir, while Kiona Vineyards Winery on Washington’s Red Mountain earned top honors for Rhône-style red blends.

Also winning Platinum distinction were Citation, a high-end label for Firesteed in Oregon; Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain; and The Four Graces in Dundee, Ore.

The competition is run by Robert Whitley, a highly respected longtime wine journalist.

Here are the complete Northwest results:

Best of class

Hawks View Cellars 2010 Hawks View Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $38

Kiona Vineyards Winery NV Cyclops, Red Mountain, $40


Citation 2003 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $60

Col Solare 2009 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $75

DeLille Cellars 2010 D2, Yakima Valley, $44

DeLille Cellars 2010 Chaleur Estate Rouge, Red Mountain, $75

DeLille Cellars 2010 Harrison Hill, Snipes Mountain, $75

DeLille Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1, Red Mountain, $65

Four Graces 2011 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $45


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $20

DeLille Cellars 2009 Grand Ciel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $150

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Ruah, Wahluke Slope, $20

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $15

Doyenne 2010 AIX, Red Mountain, $40

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $12

Four Graces 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Four Graces 2012 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $24

Four Graces 2012 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, $13

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Hills, $16

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2011 Vin de Glaciere, Columbia Valley, $14

Roza Ridge 2010 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills, $20


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $55

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cougar Hills Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cougar Hills Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $18

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $18

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

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

Doyenne 2010 Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah, Red Mountain, $65

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Red Blend, Wahluke Slope, $15

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $12

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $15

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $12

Firesteed 2010 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Firesteed 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Firesteed 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13

Firesteed 2009 Riesling, Oregon, $13

Henry Estate 2008 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $30

Hyatt Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $13

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Pinot Gris, Rattlesnake Hills, $13

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35

Marchesi Vineyards 2011 Achille Barbera, Columbia Valley, $28

Marchesi Vineyards 2012 Valentino Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $27

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2010 Solstice Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $24

Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14

Wine by Joe 2011 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $18

Wine by Joe 2011 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. 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 the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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