Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Reininger Winery 2010 Seven Hills Vineyard Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

Washington wineCarmenérè, a red Bordeaux grape nearly lost during the great phylloxera scourge of 19th century – and rediscovered in Chile – has become a cult favorite in the Walla Walla Valley, where it reveals its greatness. The grapes for this come from renowned Seven Hills, a vineyard on the Oregon side of the valley. Lush dusty brambleberries and savory notes ooze from a glass of this wine on first approach. On the palate, it’s blueberries, then blackberries and black pepper, backed by a small bit of black licorice and cranberry tannins in its lengthy finish.

Price: $48

Production: 189 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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