Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Sparkman Cellars 2011 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

sparkman-kingpinWinemakers Chris Sparkman and Linn Scott used grapes primarily from famed Klipsun Vineyard, as well as Obelisco on Red Mountain for this powerful Cab. A reticent nose slowly unfolds into layers of cherry, blackberry and blueberry and a whiff of mint. In the mouth, blackberries arrive first, then blueberry and a surprise Bing cherry at the end. Smooth tannins, cedar and a bit of graphite ensure you’ll want another sip soon.

Price: $62

Production: 391 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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