Boise winery takes home top honors at Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho — Fraser Vineyard won best in show Monday at the Idaho Wine Competition for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The $28 wine, made with grapes from Bill and Bev Fraser’s estate vineyard in Caldwell, also won a unanimous double gold and best red wine.

The Frasers planted their vineyard in 2003, including three acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, and produced their first wine in 2005. Bill Fraser is the winemaker as well as grape grower.

Sawtooth Winery of Nampa won best white wine for its 2009 Riesling, while Indian Creek Winery in Kuna won best rosé for its 2009 White Pinot Noir, and Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell won best dessert wine for its 2007 Riesling Ice Wine.

The competition was conducted at Ste. Chapelle by Wine Press Northwest, a quarterly consumer magazine based in Washington state. Editors Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, who write a weekly wine column for more than a dozen newspapers in the Northwest, ran the competition, and Moya Schatz, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, coordinated the entries and communications with the wineries.

A total of 208 wines were entered from 26 wineries, with five winning unanimous double gold medals, 13 winning gold medals, 51 winning silver medals and 58 winning bronze medals.

The judges were Ilene Dudunake, proprietor of A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian; Dave Krick, owner of Red Feather Lounge in Boise; John Berryhill, owner of Berryhill and Co. restaurant in Boise; Winnie Alberg, a Washington-based wine judge; Catie McIntyre Walker, a blogger based in Walla Walla, Wash.; Dave Seaver, a member of Wine Press Northwest’s judging panel; and Bob Woehler, longtime Northwest wine writer and tasting editor for Wine Press Northwest.

Here is the complete list of medal winners:

Double gold/best red/best in show

Fraser Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $28.50

Gold/best white

Sawtooth Winery 2009 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $9

Gold/best rose

Indian Creek Winery 2009 White Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley, $8

Gold/best dessert

Ste. Chapelle 2007 Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20

Double gold

Cinder 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec, Snake River Valley, $27

Huston Vineyards 2008 Private Reserve Red, Snake River Valley, $40

Koenig Vineyards 2008 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

Syringa Winery 2008 Primitivo, Snake River Valley, $20

Gold

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2008 Merlot, Washington-Idaho, $25

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2008 Malbec, Washington, $25

Colter’s Creek Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec, Washington, $20

Fraser Vineyard 2009 Malbec, Washington, $24

Fraser Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $28

Hells Canyon Winery 2006 Deer Slayer Syrah, Idaho, $22

Hells Canyon Winery 2006 Zhoo Zhoo Claret, Snake River Valley, $19

Koenig Vineyards 2007 Cabernet-Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15

Snake River Winery 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Orange Muscat, Snake River Valley, $15.29

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2008 Reserve Syrah, Snake River Valley, $19

Silver medal

Atalanta Cellars 2008 Tuesday Night White, Washington-Idaho, $16

Bitner Vineyards 2008 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

Bitner Vineyards 2007 Reserve Merlot-Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $22

Cinder 2009 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $17

Cinder 2008 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $27

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2008 Umiker Vineyard Syrah, Idaho, $25

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2008 Renaissance Red, Idaho/Washington, $23

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2008 Phinny Hill Carmenere, Washington, $28

Cold Springs Winery 2008 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Fujishin Family Cellars 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $15

Hells Canyon Winery 2005 Zhoo Zhoo Syrah, Snake River Valley, $19

Hells Canyon Winery 2006 Retreiver Red, Idaho, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2009 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $12

Indian Creek Winery 2009 White Riesling, Snake River Valley, $8

Indian Creek Winery 2009 Muscat Canelli, Snake River Valley, $10

Indian Creek Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $14

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Star Garnet, Snake River Valley, $14

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $18

J.H Wines 2009 Dellas Ghost Riesling, Snake River Valley, $21

Koenig Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $20

Koenig Vineyards 2005 Cuvee Alden, Snake River Valley, $50

Pend d’Oreille WInery 2007 Bistro Rouge, Washington, $12

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2007 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $28

Sawtooth Winery 2009 Gewurztraminer, Snake River Valley, $9

Sawtooth Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $9

Sawtooth Winery 2007 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $20

Snake River Winery 2009 Rose, Snake River Valley, $11

Snake River Winery 2006 Arena Valley Vineyard Merlot, Snake River Valley, $14

Snake River Winery 2007 Arena Valley Vineyard Zweigelt, Snake River Valley, $13

Snake River Winery 2007 Arena Valley Vineyard Barbera, Snake River Valley, $17

Snyder Winery 2009 Picabo Soft White Table Wine, Snake River Valley, $18

Snyder Winery 2006 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $20

Snyder Winery 2006 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $20

Snyder Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $20

Snyder Winery 2006 Cabernet Franc, Snake River Valley, $20

Ste. Chapelle NV Sparkling Brut, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Chateau Series Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2008 Chateau Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2008 Winemaker Seres Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $11

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $11

Ste. Chapelle 2008 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

Syringa Winery 2009 Fumé Blanc, Snake River Valley, $16

Syringa Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $20

Vale Wine 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $22

Vale Wine 2009 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $16

Vale Wine 2008 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $18

Woodriver Cellars 2007 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $20

Woodriver Cellars NV Dessert Wine, Snake River Valley, $25

Bronze

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Gris, Snake River Valley, $15

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2008 Reserve Vivacious, Snake River Valley, $17

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2009 Reserve Riesling, Snake River Valley, $13

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2008 Reserve Merlot, Snake River Valley, $19

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Snake River Valley, $22

Bitner Vineyards 2008 Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $16

Bitner Vineyards 2007 Reserve Merlot, Snake River Valley, $20

Bitner Vineyards 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $24

Bitner Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $18

Cinder 2009 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

Cinder 2008 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $27

Coiled Wines 2008 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $29

Cold Springs 2006 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $12

Colter’s Creek Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Idaho, $12

Davis Creek Cellars 2008 South Mountain Red, Snake River Valley, $25

Davis Creek Cellars 2009 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $27

Davis Creek Cellars 2009 Touriga Nacional, Red Mountain, $29

Fraser Vineyard 2009 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $17

Fujishin Family Cellars 2009 Gewurztraminer, Snake River Valley, $15

Fujishin Family Cellars 2008 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $23

Hells Canyon Winery 2007 Zhoo Zhoo Veloute, Snake River Valley, $16

Huston Vineyards 2008 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16

Indian Creek Winery 2009 Mountain Syringa, Snake River Valley, $12

Indian Creek Winery 2009 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $9

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley, $25

Indian Creek Winery 2008 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $22

Indian Creek Winery 2007 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $21

Indian Creek Winery 2007 Ruby Dahlia, Snake River Valley, $22

J.H Wines 2008 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $18

Koenig Vineyards 2009 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $15

Koenig Vineyards 2008 Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20

Miceli Vineyards & Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $12

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2008 Primitivo, Washington, $28

Sawtooth Winery 2009 Pinot Gris, Snake River Valley, $13

Sawtooth Winery 2009 Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15

Sawtooth Winery 2007 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $13

Snake River Winery 2007 Arena Valley Vineyard Syrah, Snake River Valley, $17

Snake River Winery 2006 Arena Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $14

Snake River Winery 2008 Arena Valley Vineyard Grenache, Snake River Valley, $19

Snake River Winery 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $15

Snyder Winery 2007 White Riesling, Snake River Valley, $18

St. Rule Winery 2008 St. Regulus Reserve Riesling, Snake River Valley, $20

St. Rule Winery 2008 St. Regulus Merlot, Snake River Valley, $18

Ste. Chapelle NV Sparkling Riesling, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle NV Soft Huckleberry, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Soft Rosé, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Winemaker Series Riesling, Snake River Valley, $8

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Winemaker Series Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $10

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2009 Chateau Series Merlot, Snake River Valley, $9

Ste. Chapelle 2008 Winemaker Series Syrah, Snake River Valley, $11

Ste. Chapelle 2006 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20

Vale Wine 2008 Rendezvous Red, Snake River Valley, $19

Williamson Vineyard 2007 Homestead Red, Snake River Valley, $18

Williamson Vineyards 2009 Blossom Rose of Sangiovese, Snake River Valley, $12

Woodriver Cellars 2009 Estate Malbec, Snake River Valley, $25

Woodriver Cellars 2009 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $25

 

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