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Caldwell-area winery wins sixth annual Idaho Wine Competition

A dry Muscat from the Sunnyslope Wine District earned best of show Tuesday at the sixth annual Idaho Wine Competition.

Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell won for its 2014 Dry Muscat, the first crop from its estate grapes. The wine was crafted by Tim and Helen Harless, who launched their small winery in 2011.

Laissez Faire, a value label for Cinder Wines in Garden City, won best red wine. Best rosé was awarded to Sawtooth Estate Winery in Nampa for its 2014 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé. And best dessert wine went to Bitner Vineyards' 2014 Late Harvest Riesling.

The competition is conducted by Great Northwest Wine, a news and information company based in Washington. It took place at Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell.

The judges for this year's judging were: Mike Dunne, wine writer for the Sacramento Bee in California; Ilene Dudunake, owner of A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian, Idaho; Karen McMillin of Hayden Beverage in Boise; Kathryn House, enologist and educator for House of Wine in Boise; April Reddout, wine program manager for the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, Wash.; Lane Hoss, wine buyer and vice president of marketing for Anthony's Restaurants in Kirkland; Mike Rader of Kennewick, Wash., member of Great Northwest Wine's tasting panel; and Ken Robertson, columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine in Kennewick, Wash.

The judges evaluated 160 wines from throughout Idaho. They judged the wines under blind conditions, meaning they knew neither the producer nor the price of the wine until after the competition was completed.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best of show

Hat Ranch Winery 2014 Dry Moscato, Snake River Valley, $18

Best red

Laissez Faire 2014 Red, Snake River Valley, $16

Best rosé

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $20

Best dessert wine

Bitner Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

Double gold/best of class

Vizcaya Winery 2011 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $29

Gold/best of class

Bitner Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

Cinder Wines 2014 Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18

Huston Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $27

Huston Vineyards 2014 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley , $16

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2012 Trout Trilogy Malbec, Snake River Valley, $35

Ste. Chapelle 2013 Panoramic Idaho Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Double gold

Colter's Creek 2014 Ice Wine, Idaho, $20

Gold

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Erletxe Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $27

Camas Prairie Winery 2015 Strawberry Mead, Idaho, $14

Cinder Wines 2013 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $29

Cinder Wines 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $28

Cinder Wines 2014 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

Cinder Wines 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec, Snake River Valley, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Carménère, Washington, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Renaissance Red, Washington/Idaho, $23

Coiled Wines 2013 Black Mamba, Snake River Valley, $30

Cold Springs Winery 2009 Phren/ology Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Colter's Creek Winery 2012 Kooskooskia Red, Idaho, $22

Crossings Winery 2012 Bleu Noir Blaufrankisch, Snake River Valley , $19

Crossings Winery 2012 Zabala Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snake River Valley, $19

Indian Creek Winery 2014 Muscat Canelli, Snake River Valley, $15

Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre, Washington, $31

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Estate Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Classic Fly Series Riesling, Snake River Valley, $20

Snake River Winery 2012 Arena Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snake River Valley, $20

Snake River Winery 2013 Arena Valley Vineyard Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Ste. Chapelle 2013 Panoramic Idaho Malbec, Snake River Valley, $25

Ste. Chapelle 2014 Panoramic Idaho Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $25

Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Turas, Snake River Valley, $32

Williamson Vineyard 2011 Reserve Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $35

Silver

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $23

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Barrel Select Reserve Merlot, Washington, $23

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Roussanne, Washington, $19

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Syrah-Mourvedre, Snake River Valley, $26

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Reserve Riesling, Snake River Valley, $15

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Single Vineyard Syrah, Snake River Valley, $21

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Vivacious White, Snake River Valley, $18

Bitner Vineyards 2011 Cabernet-Shiraz, Snake River Valley, $28

Cinder Wine 2014 Off-Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Washington, $28

Coiled Wines 2013 Sidewinder, Snake River Valley, $28

Colter's Creek Winery 2012 Arrow Rim Red GSM, Idaho, $25

Colter's Creek Winery 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $18

Crossings Winery 2012 Bubbles Sparkling Estate Riesling, Snake River Valley, $30

Crossings Winery 2011 Wood River Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $24

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $23

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Amatino Red Blend, Snake River Valley, $23

Huston Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $24

Huston Vineyards 2013 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $29

Huston Vineyards 2012 Private Reserve Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $55

Huston Vineyards 2014 Chicken Dinner Red, Snake River Valley, $18

Indian Creek Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $12

Indian Creek Winery 2014 Mountain Syringa Dry White, Snake River Valley, $14

Indian Creek Winery 2012 Star Garnet, Snake River Valley, $14

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $22

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Williamson Vineyard Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $25

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Koenig Vineyards 2014 Estate Vineyard Viognier, Snake River Valley, $16

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Viognier Williamson Vineyard, Snake River Valley, $15

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2012 Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $35

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2013 Bistro Rouge, Washington, $15

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $22

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $12

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Trout Trilogy Carménère, Snake River Valley, $30

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2012 Trout Trilogy Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $30

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Trout Trilogy Reserve Syrah, Snake River Valley, $16

Snake River Winery 2012 Arena Valley Vineyard Sangiovese, Snake River Valley, $20

Snake River Winery 2012 Arena Valley Vineyard Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Split Rail Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $27

Split Rail Winery 2012 Mourvèdre, Snake River Valley, $29

Ste. Chapelle 2013 Panoramic Idaho Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $22

Ste. Chapelle 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $12

Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Boushey Vineyards Sruth, Columbia Valley, $27

Vizcaya Winery 2014 Albarino, Naches Heights, $22

Williamson Vineyard 2011 Sangiovese, Snake River Valley, $18

Williamson Vineyard 2014 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $11

Williamson Vineyard 2104 Blossom Sangiovese Rose, Snake River Valley, $16

Bronze

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Single Vineyard 3 Horse Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Barrel Select Reserve Malbec, Oregon, $28

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Snake River Valley , $16

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2013 Beau Geste, Idaho/Oregon/Washington, $28

Bitner Vineyards 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $25

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Menopause Merlot, Snake River Valley, $28

Bitner Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

Camas Prairie Winery 2015 Palouse Gold Mead, Idaho, $13

Cinder Wines 2014 Laissez Faire White, Snake River Valley, $16

Coiled Wines 2014 Rizza, Snake River Valley, $28

Coiled Wines 2014 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $35

Coiled Wines 2014 Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

Crossings Winery 2012 Semillon, Snake River Valley , $17

Crossings Winery 2012 Meritage, Snake River Valley, $24

Crossings Winery NV Roundup Triumvino, Snake River Valley, $24

Feathered Winds 2014 Rosé, Snake River Valley, $17

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $13

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $23

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Mourvèdre, Snake River Valley, $23

Fujishin Family Cellars 2014 Gewurztraminer, Snake River Valley, $16

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $16

Hat Ranch Winery 2012 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $27

Hat Ranch Winery 2014 Hat Trick White, Snake River Valley, $19

Hells Canyon NV Bird Dog White, Snake River Valley, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2012 Isabelle My Best Friend Malbec, Snake River Valley, $22

Indian Creek Winery 2012 2012 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $15

Indian Creek Winery 2014 White Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley, $12

Indian Creek Winery 2014 Viognier, Snake River Valley, $12

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Three Vineyard Cuvee Syrah, Snake River Valley, $22

Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Washington, $18

Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah, Washington, $35

Parma Ridge Winery 2014 Tre Bianchi, Snake River Valley, $18

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Washington, $30

Snake River Winery 2013 Arena Valley Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $12

Snake River Winery 2011 Arena Valley Vineyard Malbec, Snake River Valley, $20

Snake River Winery 2014 Arena Valley Vineyard Merlot, Snake River Valley, $15

Snake River Winery 2014 White Table Wine, Snake River Valley, $14

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