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Pacific Northwest Wine Industry’s Beauty Pageant

Dec 18, 2017

Pacific Northwest Wine Industry’s Beauty Pageant

BY ERIC DEGERMAN, ELLEN LANDIS AND KEN ROBERTSON

December 18, 2017

 

Maryhill Winery received 2 Double Platinum and 11 Platinum awards in Wine Press Northwest’s Platinum Judging.  Wines entered were prescreened, and required to be a product of at least one respected wine competition somewhere around the globe where it merited a gold medal.

All 35 Maryhill wines entered received awards.  The results are listed below.

 

Double Platinum

Maryhill Winery 2014 Elephant Mountain Mourvèdre, Rattlesnake Hills • Richard Batchelor collaborates with grower Joel Hattrup to produce a marvelous expression of Mourvèdre grown in Washington. Scents of a bowl of fresh berries rise from the glass. It’s juicy and pure with exacting balance as flavors of loganberry, cocoa, black currant and a subtle whiff of smoke lead to a long and clean finish of Mandarin orange. Ask about it at their new tasting room overlooking the Spokane River. (296 cases, 14.7% alc.) Award: Washington Wine Awards (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley • Right now, this juicy red Rhône grape might be the most coveted variety in Washington, and New Zealand native Richard Batchelor topped the field of eight qualifying Grenache bottlings. Art den Hoed’s planting in the Yakima Valley was blended with Gunkel Vineyard near Batchelor’s winery, and it’s remarkably expressive. Wild berries and plums aromas are joined by smoky bacon fat and espresso. On the palate, it’s red and juicy as currants, dried Montmorency cherry and pomegranate bookend the midpalate of sweet spice cake. (681 cases, 14.8% alc.) Award: Washington Wine Awards (gold.)

 

Platinum

Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley • A vineyard in the northeastern Oregon town of Echo, Eagle Ranch, was selected by winemaker Richard Batchelor to serve as the core of this Cab that spent 20 months in 50% new French oak. Beautiful varietal correctness with cassis lifts from the glass. Bing cherry, blackberry, and earthiness entwine on the palate, where firm tannins achieve a precise balance with an energetic finish. (478 cases, 14.6% alc.) Award: Cascadia International Wine Competition (gold)

Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley • Les Collines Vineyard, a breadbasket for the Walla Walla Valley, leads this fresh and pure expression of Syrah. Forest berries, cured meats and plum entwine with subtle oak nuances and blackberry syrup accents. Lively acids pull it all together. (289 cases, 14.8% alc.) Award: Washington State Wine Competition (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley • A decade ago, the Leutholds helped put Zinfandel on the map in the Northwest with a strong showing at a California judging, and the Columbia Gorge producer continues to excel with three Platinums in the past two years. Baked cherry, dusty prune and meaty notes are matched on the palate with blackberry, a chocolaty mouthfeel and the enjoyable Zin burn. (2,471 cases, 14.5% alc.) Award: Washington State Wine Competition (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Elephant Mountain Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills • New Zealand-born winemaker Richard Batchelor is among the growing number of Washington winemakers who extol the virtues of Joel Hattrup’s site in the northern hills of the Yakima Valley. This is among the handful of Elephant Mountain bottlings to earn a spot in Maryhill’s Vineyard Series program, and the Sangio displays wild cherry cough drops and floral notes to engage the senses. Then cranberry chutney, tea leaves, allspice and moist earth join juicy cherry fruit at the core, which spotlights delicious acidity. (235 cases, 14.3% alc.) Award: Cascadia International Wine Competition (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley • Horse Heaven Hills fruit off Alder Ridge and McKinley Springs vineyards and 20 months in 50% new French oak make this a quaffable, fruity Syrah that’s reminiscent of a boysenberry pie. Violets, sweet pipe tobacco, slatey tannins and pomegranate acidity allow for final notes of smoked pepper and orange oil. (382 cases, 14.8% alc.) Award: Northwest Wine Summit (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley • Yakima Valley grower Art den Hoed, whose Rattlesnake Hills site ripens Rhône varietes, shows the potential of Zinfandel with his contribution to this reserve program. This edges closer to the California style of strawberry jam, but the raspberry acidity, bramble and earthiness give it balance. Enjoy with Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor chèvre. (1,473 cases, 14.8% alc.) Award: Washington Wine Awards (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Clifton Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope • The Milbrandt family’s Clifton Hill Vineyard ranks among the warmest sites in Washington, and its work with Cab is exemplary. Its richly fruited aroma includes moist earth, leading to a round and viscous structure that creates thoughts of berry cobbler, joined by cocoa. A note of anise adds lift to the finish. (324 cases, 15.3% alc.) Awards: Washington Wine Awards (best of class, gold).

Maryhill Winery 2016 Tudor Hills Vineyard Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley • The Leutholds continue to deepen their relationship with the Tudor family, and their collaboration produced Washington’s top-scoring Pinot Gris at the Platinum. Lively, bright and perfumy aromas lead to crisp flavors of pear and apple skin, a subtle hint of crushed herbs and kick of lemon zest on the lingering finish. (4,846 cases, 13% alc.) Awards: Washington State Wine Competition (best white).

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Vintage Port, Columbia Valley • One of the prime bargains from Northwest producers of fortified wine is this aged vintage Port-style from Maryhill. The blend of traditional Portuguese varieties Souzão, Tempranillo, Tinta Cão and Touriga Naçional grown from the estate Gunkel Vineyard at the eastern edge of the Columbia Gorge matures in oak for 33 months. The results are wide-ranging and fascinating with boysenberry and ripe plums, creamy caramel, spiced raisin scones, cacao nibs and roasted almonds. It’s deliciously rich and balanced. (257 cases, 18.8% alc.) Awards: Washington Wine Awards (gold), Northwest Wine Summit (gold).

Maryhill Winery 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley • Inspired by Barnard Griffin’s success with rosé using Sangiovese, Maryhill increased production last year by about 50 percent, and the quality of fruit they get from the Tudor family in the Yakima Valley continues to rise. Hints of earth, layers of red and black cherries, cranberry-apple herbal tea and a beam of minerality enliven the palate. Crisp acidity balances the 1.4% residual sugar beautifully. (5,607 cases, 13.7% alc.) Awards: Washington State Wine Competition (best of show, double gold), Northwest Wine Summit (best of class).

Maryhill Winery 2014 Malbec, Columbia Valley • The largest production of Malbec among Platinum qualifiers also graded out among the best, and it started with fruit from near the winery at Gunkel Vineyard and Tudor Hills in the Yakima Valley. There is a marvelous array of dark blue fruit notes that lead into black pepper, muscovado sugar, mocha and earthiness. Lingering acidity and firm tannins should lend this to some fondue. (1,245 cases, 14.1% alc.) Awards: Cascadia International Wine Competition (double gold), Northwest Wine Summit (gold).

 

Double Gold

Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Barbera
Maryhill Winery 2014 Elephant Mountain Carménère
Maryhill Winery 2014 McKinley Springs Cinsault
Maryhill Winery 2014 Art Den Hoed Petite Sirah
Maryhill Winery 2016 Viognier
Maryhill Winery 2014 Elephant Mountain Marvell
Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor's Reserve Rosso Granato
Maryhill Winery 2014 Sangiovese
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor's Reserve Albariño
Maryhill Winery 2014 Merlot
Maryhill Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity
Maryhill Winery 2014 Painted Hills Tempranillo
Maryhill Winery 2014 Kiona Merlot
Maryhill Winery 2015 Winemaker’s Red

 

Gold

Maryhill Winery 2014 Les Collines Syrah
Maryhill Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Maryhill Winery 2014 McKinley Springs Syrah
Maryhill Winery 2014 Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Maryhill Winery 2014 Klipsun Syrah
Maryhill Winery 2014 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre
Maryhill Winery 2014 McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon
Maryhill Winery 2014 McKinley Springs Petit Verdot

 

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