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Whidbey Island vintners win gold in Seattle
Spoiled Dog Winery Estate 2009 Pinot Noir received the double gold award at the 2011 Seattle Wine Awards. This Estate Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown on Jack and Karen Krug’s Whidbey Island vineyard and farm. “Estate” means the wine comes from the winery’s own vineyard.
The Seattle Wine Awards are Washington’s premier wine competition, and only grapes grown in Washington can be entered. Wineries on Whidbey Island received two double gold, one gold, four silver and eight bronze awards at the awards ceremony. Holmes Harbor Cellar’s 2008 Petit Verdot received the other double gold award.
Whidbey Island is in the Puget Sound American Viticultural Area (AVA) and only two of the Island’s Seattle Wine awards, Spoiled Dog Winery’s 2009 Estate Pinot Noir Double Gold and Whidbey Island Winery’s 2009 Siegerrebe Bronze are from the Puget Sound AVA.
Spoiled Dog Winery grapes were planted in 2003 and include six clones of Pinot Noir.
“The various clones bring different attributes to the wine,” said Karen Krug.
“For example, one clone may have more fruit flavor, another adds a spice flavor and another the backbone characteristics,” she said.
“This combination of clones results in a complex and balanced Pinot Noir,” she added.
Spoiled Dog Winery wines are sold at their shared tasting room, Taste 4 Wine, at the Bayview Cash Store in Langley, as well as Vino Amore wine shop in Freeland.