The Great Northwest Wine Competition is judged by some of the top wine professionals on the West Coast, including sommeliers, writers, retailers and wholesalers. This year over 900 entries were submitted from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
Double Gold – AniChe Cellars’ Rachael Horn brought home a Double Gold for her 2011 Moth Love, $34 a bottle. Moth Love is a blend of 38% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre and 37% Grenache from Rattlesnake Hills AVA. Rich velvet black fruit, chocolate, black pepper and subtle hints of red meat. A full bodied, medium tannin wine. This wine pairs well with grilled steak, stews, and rich savory dishes. Moth Love can be purchased at the AniChe Cellars tasting room in Underwood, WA (Columbia Gorge).
Silver – AniChe Cellars was also awarded a Silver medal for the 2011 Atticus, $34 a bottle. Atticus is a blend of Joseph Phelps clone Syrah (97%) and Viognier (3%). Atticus comes from meticulously handpicked fruit from Elephant Mountain Vineyards in Rattlesnake Hills. The blend was made in ferment, the Syrah destemmed and partially crushed with paddles fully open and the Viognier tossed in full cluster. A yeast strain isolated in the Northern Rhone was pitched into 1 ton batches, hand punch downs done two to three times daily. Atticus can be purchased at the AniChe Cellars tasting room in Underwood, WA (Columbia Gorge) and also on Amazon Wine.