Awards

Awards

Any visitor to our Hood River winery and tasting room will notice a multitude of local, national, and international awards. To some, these awards are quite impressive. But others have some degree of skepticism. Only about 1/3 of wineries send their wines to competition. At Cathedral Ridge, we believe that it is important to send wines to competition and for independent appraisal for a few reasons:

First, good wines need objective criticism to contextualize them in current industry standards. When walking into a winery, do you want to pay $10 for a tasting only to find out the winery is pouring cheap, industrial wine? Awards give us an outside authority to tell our customers that our wine is worth the prices we charge.

Also, awards get our name into the community. There are a lot of good wines out there, and as a small, craft winery, if we don’t take the big wineries on in objective competition, we run the risk of being invisible to the wine community purely because of our limited case production.

Finally, we have confidence in our wines, our winemaking team, and our tasting room team. As a team we seek to constantly improve, and we see nothing wrong with a little competitive spirit to help that process along.

"Best of Show Pinot Noir"

2010 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir – NW Wine Summit 2013

"Best in Class"

2013 Echo Vineyard Petit Verdot – NW Wine Summit 2016

Wine Enthusiast Ratings:

90: 2013 Zinfandel
89: 2014 McDuffee Vineyard Chardonnay Reserve
88: 2014 McDuffee Vineyard Chardonnay

Wine & Spirits Magazine Ratings:

91: 2007 Bordheauxd Red
90: 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve

Wine Spectator Ratings:

89: 2006 Syrah Reserve
88: 2006 Syrah

Stephen Tanzer’s International Cellar Ratings:

91: 2009 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve
90: 2010 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve
89: 2011 Bangsund Pinot Noir
89: 2009 Dampier Pinot Noir

Greater Northwest Wines Ratings

2014 McDuffee Vineyard Chardonnay Reserve “Outstanding!!” 2016
2014 Bolton Vineyard Barbera Reserve “Outstanding!!” 2016
2012 Rock Star Red Reserve “Recommended!” 2016
2012 Syrah, Reserve “Recommended!” 2016

Top 100 Wines of 2014

2012 Barbera Reserve – GreatNorthwestWine.com 2014 Ratings

Double Gold Medal

2013 Petit Verdot – NW Wine Summit
2012 Moody Vineyard Cabernet Franc – Seattle Wine Awards 2015
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon– Seattle Wine Awards 2015
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon– Oregon Wine Awards 2015
2011 Bangsund Pinot Noir Reserve – Oregon Wine Awards 2014
2012 Barbera Reserve – 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
2008 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
2006 Syrah-San Francisco International Wine Competition

Reviews

2014 McDuffee Chardonnay Reserve
reviewed by Greater Northwest WinePress

“McDuffee Vineyard near The Dalles, OR, planted more than 30 years ago, ranks as a rare site in the Columbia Gorge for old vine Chardonnay. Sonoma winemaker, Michael Sebastiani, develops this for 14 months in neutral American oak to create a rich yet bright style with aromas of Sara Lee lemon pound cake with hints of almond extract, tutti frutti and cinnamon. Inside, it’s rich and mouthcoating with more lemon, butter, almond and hazelnut with enough citrusy acidity to provide delicious balance.”

2013 Echo Vineyard Petit Verdot
reviewed by Cascadia Wine Competition

“The Columbia Valley extends south of Hermiston, Ore., which is where Hood River vintner Robb Bell sources the fruit for his dark, dense and intense Petit Verdot. Black plum, blackberry, cherry liqueur and mincemeat spice aromas lead to a remarkably silky structure of Bing cherry, Red Vines licorice and red currant. There’s a balance to the tannin structure and a steady stream of acidity that makes for a long finish.”

Gold Medals

  • 2013 Echo Vineyard Petit Verdot – Cascadia Wine Competition 2016
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2013 Barbera Reserve – 2014 Columbia Gorge Wine Competition
  • 2012 Dampier Pinot Noir – PDX Seafood and Wine Competition 2015
  • 2011 Zinfandel Reserve - NW Wine Summit 2014
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc – SF Intl Wine Competition 2014
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – NW Wine Summit 2013
  • 2010 Syrah – Astoria Seafood and Wine Competition 2013
  • 2010 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir Reserve – PDX Wine and Seafood
  • 2010 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir – NW Wine Summit 2013
  • 2009 Chardonnay Reserve – SF International Wine Competition 2012
  • 2008 Syrah – Northwest Wine Summit 2012
  • 2008 Syrah – Savor Northwest 2012
  • 2009 Dampier Pinot Noir – Astoria Seafood and Wine Comp 2012
  • 2008 Rock Star Red – Northwest Wine Summit 2011
  • 2009 Chardonnay – Astoria Wine and Seafood Competition
  • 2008 Dampier Pinot Noir – 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2008 Merlot – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Tri-cities Wine Festival
  • 2006 Syrah Reserve – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Zinfandel-Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2006 Reserve Syrah-Seafood and Wine Festival Newport, OR
  • 2006 Syrah-McMinnville, OR Wine & Food Classic
  • 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-U.S. Professional Wine Buyer’s
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Crab Festival Wine Competition Astoria
  • 2007 Pinot Noir-Seattle Wine Awards

Silver Medals

  • 2014 Echo Vineyard Petit Verdot – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017
  • 2014 Echo Vineyard Malbec – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017
  • 2013 Syrah – Newport Seafood and Wine Festival 2017
  • 2014 Barbera Reserve – NW Wine Summit 2016
  • 2013 Dampier Pinot Noir – NW Wine Summit 2016
  • 2012 Syrah - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2012 Moody Vineyard Cabernet Franc - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2012 Bangsund Vineyard Pinot Noir - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2013 Barbera Reserve - Oregon Wine Awards 2015
  • 2012 Moody Vineyard Cabernet Franc - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2013 Barbera Reserve - American Wine Society Competition 2014
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - American Wine Society Competition 2014
  • 2013 Chardonnay – PDX Seafood and Wine Competition 2015
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – SF Chronicle Wine Comp 2015
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – PDX Seafood and Wine Competition 2015
  • 2010 Rock Star Red - Seattle Wine Awards 2014
  • 2012 Moody Vineyard Cabernet Franc - Seattle Wine Awards 2014
  • 2012 Riesling – 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2011 Chardonnay Reserve – 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2011 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve – Oregon Wine Awards 2014
  • 2012 Barbera Reserve – Savor NW 2014
  • 2011 Syrah – Savor NW 2014
  • 2011 Syrah – 2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2010 Chardonnay Reserve - Northwest Wine Summit 2014
  • 2009 Rock Star Red – Great NW Wine Competition 2013
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 SF International Wine Competition
  • 2010 Syrah – 2013 Great NW Wine Competition
  • 2010 Rusty Red - 2013 Great NW Wine Competition
  • 2010 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Comp
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – NW Wine Summit 2013
  • 2009 Chardonnay Reserve – AWS Commercial Wine Comp 2012
  • 2009 Syrah – NW Wine Summit 2013
  • 2009 Syrah – American Wine Society Commerical Wine Comp 2012
  • 2008 Rock Star Red – SF International Wine Competition
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Northwest Wine Summit 2012
  • 2007 Syrah Reserve– Oregon Wine Awards 2012
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Oregon Wine Awards 2012
  • 2010 Chardonnay – Oregon Wine Awards 2012
  • 2010 Chardonnay – Astoria Seafood and Wine Fest 2012
  • 2009 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir – Savor Northwest 2012
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Savor Northwest 2012
  • 2008 Rock Star Red – Savor Northwest 2012
  • 2008 Bordheauxd Red – Savor Northwest 2012
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Portland Seafood and Wine Festival 2012
  • 2008 Cabernet Reserve – SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2012
  • 2009 Chardonnay Reserve – SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2012
  • 2008 Syrah – Northwest Food and Wine Festival 2011
  • 2008 Syrah – Northwest Wine Summit 2011
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Northwest Wine Summit 2011
  • 2009 Chardonnay – Northwest Wine Summit 2011
  • 2008 Zinfandel – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
  • 2009 Chardonnay – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
  • 2007 Syrah – Astoria Wine and Seafood Competition
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Portland Seafood and Wine Festival
  • 2008 Zinfandel - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2009 Chardonnay - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2007 Bordheauxd Red – SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2007 Rock Star Red – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Bordheauxd Red – Tri-Cities Wine Festival
  • 2008 Chardonnay Reserve – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2008 Pinot Gris – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2008 Pinot Noir – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2008 Dampier Pinot Noir – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Cab/Merlot-Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon- Finger Lakes Int. Wine Competition
  • 2007 Rock Star Red- Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve-Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Zinfandel Reserve-San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2007 Zinfandel-Seattle Wine Awards
  • 2007 Bordheauxd Red-The Dallas Morn News Wine Competition

Bronze Medals

  • 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve – Cascadia Wine Competition 2016
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc – Cascadia Wine Competition 2016
  • 2013 McDuffee Chardonnay – NW Wine Summit 2016
  • 2013 Cabernet Franc - NW Wine Summit 2016
  • 2013 Syrah - NW Wine Summit 2016
  • 2012 Zinfandel - NW Wine Summit 2015
  • 2012 Dampier Pinot Noir - Seattle Wine Awards 2015
  • 2012 Bangsund Pinot Noir - Oregon Wine Awards 2015
  • 2011 Bangsund RSV Pinot Noir - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2011 Merlot - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2012 Necessity White - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2012 Syrah - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2011 Zinfandel Reserve - Columbia Gorge Wine Competition 2014
  • 2012 Chardonnay Reserve - SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2015
  • 2010 Bordheauxd Red - NW Wine Summit 2014
  • 2010 Syrah Reserve - NW Wine Summit 2014
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - Great NW Wine Competition 2013
  • 2010 Dampier Pinot Noir Reserve - Great NW Wine Competition 2013
  • 2009 Chardonnay – Savor NW 2012
  • 2009 Zinfandel – Savor NW 2012
  • 2008 Syrah – Portland Seafood and Wine Festival 2012
  • 2009 Chardonnay – SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2012
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Northwest Food and Wine Festival 2011
  • 2008 Zinfandel – Northwest Wine Summit 2011
  • 2007 Syrah – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
  • 2008 Bangsund Pinot Noir – Oregon Wine Awards 2011
  • 2008 Dampier Pinot Noir – McMinnville SIP Wine and Seafood Classic
  • 2009 Chardonnay – Portland Seafood and Wine Festival
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2006 Cabernet Reserve – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2008 Cabernet/Merlot – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Syrah – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Northwest Wine Summit
  • 2007 Zinfandel - US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
  • 2007 Bordheauxd Red - US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
  • 2008 Chardonnay - US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
  • 2008 Chardonnay - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • 2008 Riesling - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • 2007 Syrah - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • 2007 Bordheauxd Red - SF Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2007 Chardonnay - Oregon State Fair
  • 2007 Pinot Noir - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - U.S. Professional Wine Buyer’s Comp
  • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-McMinnville, OR Wine & Food Classic
  • 2007 Huber Vineyard Pinot Noir-Crab Festival Wine Competition