Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Smasne Cellars 2010 Upland Vineyard Ancient Rocks, Snipes Mountain

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

Washington wineNo winemaker knows the tiny appellation of Snipes Mountain better than Robert Smasne, thanks to his work for his own brand as well as Todd Newhouse’s Upland Estates. This is just the first release for this Rhône-style blend of Grenache (52%), Mourvédre (26%), Syrah (19%) and a splash of Viognier. Oregano, a whiff of sage, blackberry and black cap aromas are accented by just a hint of cured meat. On the palate, a graphite-like minerality jump-starts the blackberries, black cap and blueberries. At the close firm tannins with an edge of black pepper linger in the satisfying finish.

Price: $44

Production: 125 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%


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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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