Jones of Washington has won 13 Platinum awards, making them one of twenty-five wineries to have won at least 10 platinums during the competition's first 17 years.

Double Gold:

  • 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia • $17
  • 2015 Roussanne, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley • $25
  • 2015 Rose of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley • $14
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 Jack's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley • $17

Gold:

  • 2014 Viognier, Wahluke Slope
  • 2014 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope • $14
  • 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley
  • 2012 Barrel Select Red Blend, Wahluke Slope $30

Wines made by Victor Palencia went on to win five Platinum awards, two for his eponymous brand in Walla Walla, two for Jones of Washington on the Wahluke Slope, and his gorgeous work for rosé led to a Platinum for his Vino La Monarcha label.

Best Buy!
Jones of Jones of Washington 2014 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley • $13
Victor Palencia, the usual suspect when Ancient Lakes fruit is involved in award-winning whites, has created another winner with this Pinot Gris. It combines nice acidity, white peach aromas and flavors, a touch of herbs and tropical fruit, producing a wine so charming that even the most devout fan of Oregon Pinot Gris will find easy to love. (2,030 cases, 13.4% alc.) Awards: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (double gold), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Denver Wine Competition (gold).

Best Buy!
Jones of Washington 2015 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley • $10
The Ancient Lakes region, Jones of Washington winery and winemaker Victor Palencia combined to nab another Platinum Award with this Riesling, which sports 1.9% residual sugar, tropical fruit, melons, guava and a nice spice note that’s reminiscent of cardamom. For those who don’t appreciate the petrol common to many Rieslings, there’s none noticeable in this one at this stage. (1,787 cases, 12.7% alc.) Awards: Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival (best white/gold medal).

Article by Great Northwest Wine, Wine Press Northwest

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