Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Dunham Cellars 2010 XVI Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

dunham-cabWinemakers Eric Dunham and Daniel Wampfler brought in grapes from four esteemed vineyards: Lewis, The Benches, Phinny Hill and Frenchtown. Black cherry, leather, pipe tobacco and cedar aromas direct the taster to sit back and enjoy a sip of this. On the palate, it shows off more cherries first, then huckleberries, then blueberries with a dollop of dark chocolate leading to sweet, refined tannins. Next, take the glass to the grill for a hearty steak or sit down with another glass while the prime rib finishes roasting.

Price: $45

Production: 1,459 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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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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