Judges at this year’s Seattle Wine Awards recently selected Palouse Winery’s 2009 Black Pearl Petite Sirah for a Double Gold Medal, the highest award given. The competition includes only wines produced in Washington state, and 16 judges evaluate each one on color, aroma, flavor, palate, balance, finish and overall impression.
Palouse Winery is located at the north end of Vashon and is owned by George and Linda Kirkish. Since releasing their first petite sirah in 2004, they say they have been committed to creating the best possible wines with Washington-grown grapes.
“We’re really thrilled and honored to have been awarded this medal,” they said in a recent press release.
The grapes for the award-winning wine came from Portteus Vineyard in Zillah, Wash., which is owned by Paul Portteus, a former Vashon Islander. His was one of the first small, family vineyards and wineries in the state.
Palouse Winery also received five additional awards at the competition: a Silver for its 2009 “Mystique” Merlot, a Silver for its 2011 “Pearlescence” Cabernet Franc Rose, a Bronze for its 2009 “Ahh!” Syrah, a Bronze for its 2009 “Eclipse” Red Blend and a Bronze for its 2009 “Dynamique” Cabernet Franc.
The winery offers a limited production of handcrafted wines. Its tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and other times by appointment. For more information, see www.palousewinery.com or call 567-4994.