Reininger, Domaine Serene, Mission Hill go Platinum at Decanter World Wine Awards

Chuck Reininger owns Reininger Winery in Walla Walla.

Chuck Reininger of Reininger Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., used his 2013 Syrah to earn a prestigious Platinum Award this spring at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

LONDON — Domaine Serene in Oregon, Walla Walla’s Reininger and Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia — three of the Pacific Northwest’s top brands — each won best of class awards at the prestigious 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards this spring in London.

Dundee Hills showpiece Domaine Serene won a Platinum Award for best in category with its 2013 Jerusalem Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, a site in the Eola-Amity Hills northwest of Salem.

Chuck Reininger and his eponymous brand earned a Platinum as Best USA Red Rhône Varietal for his Reininger 2013 Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley. The wine, made with grapes from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards, was co-fermented with Viognier. Earlier this year, it merited a gold medal at the Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Last fall, the Helix by Reininger 2012 Syrah earned a Jefferson Cup at the 17th annual invitation-only judging staged by Doug Frost, the acclaimed Master of Wine and Master Sommelier from Kansas City.

Mission Hill, Anthony von Mandl’s destination overlooking Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, made another case for Pinot Noir in British Columbia with a Platinum award for his 2015 Terroir Collection No. 43 Reflection Point Pinot Noir.

Only 34 Platinum Best in Show medals were awarded at 2017 DWWA out of more than 17,200 entries, and the trio of Platinum wines from the Northwest were among the 175 best of class winners in the world’s largest judging.

Many view the Decanter World Wine Awards as the most prestigious wine competition in the world. There is no doubt that it is the biggest. This year, there were 219 international wine experts, including 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers, who judged April 24-28.

Domaine Serene brings more acclaim to Oregon

Minnesota natives Ken and Grace Evenstad moved to Oregon’s Dundee Hills in 1989. They founded Domaine Serene a year later, naming it as a tribute to their daughter. The Evenstads built their production facility in 2001. (Photo courtesy of Domaine Serene)

Domaine Serene, which produced the No. 3 wine in the world on Wine Spectator magazine’s top 100 list of 2013, also brought home a gold medal for its 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills. The winery amassed nine medals at Decanter, a sign of the winemaking performed by Erik Kramer, who has been hired by Jackson Family Wines as director of winemaking at WillaKenzie Estate.

Mission Hill wines were awarded 13 medals at the London judging, including a gold medal for its 2015 Reserve Riesling Icewine.

L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla earned a gold for its 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Perigee Red Wine. Three years ago, winemaker Marty Clubb shocked the world by using fruit from a young vineyard to develop the 2011 Ferguson Red Wine. That bottling won the Decanter award for Best Bordeaux variety over £15.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery, across Okanagan Lake from Mission Hill, won a gold medal for its 2010 Cipes Blanc de Blanc.

Winery interest in the Decanter World Wine Awards continues to increase as entries were up by more than eight percent from last year’s competition. The 2017 judging also marked the transition of Steven Spurrier of Judgment of Paris fame to chairman emeritus. He co-founded the DWWA in 2004.

According to Decanter, each entry is judged vs. peers and by experts in a particular region or style. Gold medal winners then go on to compete for Platinum medals. Wines securing a Platinum medal in this round are then judged against their peers globally at a special tasting to decide the Platinum Best in Show medals.

At the Platinum tastings, price levels are taken into account. Wines with a retail price of under £15 are judged in ‘best value’ categories, while those over £15 contend for premium categories.

The 2017 Platinum judges included Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, Gérard Basset MW MS OBE, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Andy Howard MW and Michael Hill Smith MW.

Platinum Best in Show praise went to Winbirri Vineyards in England for its 2016 Bacchus.

Pacific Northwest results at 2017 Decanter

Reininger Winery in Walla Walla, Wash., one of the Northwest’ top producers of Syrah, won a best of class award at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. (Photo courtesy of Reininger Winery)

Platinum medal

Domaine Serene 2013 Jerusalem Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Reininger 2013 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Terroir Collection No. 43 Reflection Point Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Gold medal

Domaine Serene 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Reserve Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid 2010 Cipes Blanc de Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Silver medal

Airfield Estates 2013 Aviator Red Wine, Yakima Valley

Airfield Estates 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley

Archery Summit 2014 Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Charles & Charles 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Columbia Valley

Château Ste. Michelle 2014 Canoe Ridge Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

Château Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Château Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Col Solare 2012 Red Wine, Red Mountain

Cristom 2014 Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Cristom 2014 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Cristom 2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

Cristom 2014 Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Domaine Serene 2013 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Domaine Serene 2013 Fleur de Lis Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Domaine Serene 2013 Récolte Grand Cru Chardonnay, Dundee Hills

Domaine Serene 2013 Winery Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Gordon Estate 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Gramercy Cellars 2014 Lagniappe Syrah, Columbia Valley

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Ferguson Vineyard Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Pedestal Merlot, Columbia Valley

Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Sequel Syrah, Columbia Valley

Rex Hill 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Woodward Canyon 2013 Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley

50th Parallel 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel 2016 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel 2014 Unparalleled Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014 Platinum Block 2 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014 Platinum Block 4 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Château Helena 2014 Gracious Cabernet-Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church and State 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Church and State 2015 Trebella White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Clos du Soleil 2013 Signature Red Wine, Similkameen Valley

Inniskillin-Okanagan 2014 Dark Horse Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin-Okanagan 2014 Estate Icewine Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin Okanagan 2016 Estate Icewine Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2015 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Liquidity 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

MacIntyre 2014 Heritage Reserve Astra, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Quatrain Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Terroir Collection No. 23 Crosswinds Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Reserve Shiraz, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser 2014 Dead of Night Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Nk’mip Cellars 2014 Merriym Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill 2014 One Phantom Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill 2014 Two Sandhill Estate Vineyard, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2014 Ping-Meritage Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2014 Rover Shiraz-Viognier, Okanagan Valley

The View Winery and Vineyard 2014 Riesling 2014, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan No. 99 2015 Signature Series Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Bronze medal

Airfield Estates 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley

Airfield Estates 2014 Reserve Merlot, Yakima Valley

Archery Summit 2014 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Archery Summit 2014 Premier Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Charles & Charles 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Charles & Charles 2015 Riesling, Yakima Valley

Charles Smith Wines 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley

Charles Smith Wines 2014 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington State

Château Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Château Ste. Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley

Château Ste. Michelle 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Château Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2015 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley

Château Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2014 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley

Chehalem Wines 2014 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills

Chehalem 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge

Cristom 2014 Marjorie Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Domaine Serene 2013 Grace Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Domaine Serene 2013 Mark Bradford Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Domaine Serene 2013 Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Gordon Estate 2014 Block 3 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Gramercy Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

JM Cellars 2014 Margaret’s Vineyard Estate Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

Seven Hills Winery 2014 Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

Seven Hills Winery 2014 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine,Red Mountain

Woodward Canyon 2014 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Woodward Canyon 2014 Chardonnay, Washington

50th Parallel Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, British Columbia

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Reserve Syrah, British Columbia

Bench 1775 2015 Whistler Late Harvest Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Black Sage 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Black Sage Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2014 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2013 Meritage Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2015 Cabernet-Merlot, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2015 Small Lot Series Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2014 Small Lot Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2014 Small Lots Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2014 The Chase, Okanagan Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2015 The Chase Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

CedarCreek 2013 Platinum The Last Word Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Château Helena 2013 Grand Vin Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Church and State Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church and State Wines 2014 Coup d’État Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Church and State Wines 2014 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church and State Wines 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Culmina 2013 Hypothesis Red Wine, Golden Mile Bench

Dirty Laundry 2014 Kay Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Fort Berens 2015 Meritage Reserve, British Columbia

Fort Berens 2016 Riesling, British Columbia

Inniskillin-Okanagan 2015 Dark Horse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin-Okanagan 2014 Discovery Series Tempranillo, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin-Okanagan Estate 2012 Discovery Series Icewine Tempranillo, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin Okanagan Estate 2014 Vidal Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Intersection 2013 Alluvia Unfiltered Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2015 Grande Reserve CSV White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2014 Reserve Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs 2014 Sunrock Vineyards Shiraz, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2015 En Famille Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Liquidity 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Bluebird Passage Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Compendium Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Compendium Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Quatrain Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2016 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser 2014 Border Vines Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Nagging Doubt 2014 The Pull, Okanagan Valley

Nk’mip 2014 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Nk’mip 2015 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2012 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2012 The One Brut White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Painted Rock 2014 Red Icon Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2013 The Legacy Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Quails’ Gate 2015 Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Quails’ Gate 2015 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Quails’ Gate 2015 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Quails’ Gate 2014 The Boswell Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster 2014 Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster 2014 Reserve Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster 2014 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster 2014 Reserve Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill 2015 Howard Soon Single Block Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Steller’s Jay 2008 Pinnacle Extra Brut, Okanagan Valley

Sumac Ridge 2014 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Sumac Ridge 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery NV Cipes Brut, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid NV Cipes Rosé Brut, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2012 Keter Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2013 Spadefoot Toad Sangiovese, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Reserve Syrah, Okanagan Valley

The View Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinotage Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, British Columbia

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan No.99 2014 Signature Series Cabernet-Merlot, British Columbia

Commended

A to Z Wineworks 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Charles Smith Wines 2014 Eve Chardonnay, Washington State

Chehalem Wines 2014 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

JM Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Sèmillon, Columbia Valley

Lone Birch 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley

Marks & Spencer 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Marks & Spencer 2015 The Originals Riesling, Columbia Valley

Marks & Spencer 2015 Underwood Pinot Noir, Oregon

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Bernau Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

50th Parallel 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2013 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2015 Glow Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Black Sage Vineyard 2014 Shiraz, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2014 Athene Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2014 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Similkameen Valley

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2013 The Chase Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

CedarCreek 2013 Platinum Desert Ridge Single Vineyard Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church and State 2015 Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Cloa du Soleil 2013 Estate Reserve, Similkameen Valley

Clos du Soleil 2015 Capella White Wine, British Columbia

Culmina 2014 Dilemma White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Culmina 2012 Hypothesis Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2015 Say Yes Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Fort Berens 2015 Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Inniskillin-Okanagan 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Inniskillin Okanagan 2016 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Marks & Spencer Meyer Family Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Terroir Organic No.39 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2015 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Nk’mip Cellars 2014 Qwam Qwmt Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2014 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster 2014 Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2014 Three Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2016 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2016 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2016 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2016 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2016 Private Reserve Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

The View Winery and Vineyard 2016 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

The View Winery and Vineyard 2016 Revolution White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2013 Oldfield Series 2Bench Red, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2013 Oldfield Series Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, British Columbia

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan No.99 2015 Signature Series Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan No.99 2014 Signature Series Pinot Noir, British Columbia

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan No.99 2014 Signature Series Shiraz, Okanagan Valley

 

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