Awards & Recognitions

 

2020 Washington Winery to Watch: Orenda Winery

Orenda Winery Co-Founders at Winery

Photo: Richard Duval

“Success came rather quickly last year for Xander and Samantha Kent as Orenda Winery attracted attention with one of the Pacific Northwest’s most decorated examples of Cabernet Franc released in 2019. … And now, less than a year after selling its first bottle of wine, Orenda Winery has been named Wine Press Northwest’s 2020 Washington Winery to Watch.”   – Wine Press NW  Read More 

Wine Awards

Cabernet Franc 2018 Bottle Photo

Cabernet Franc

  • 2018 | 91 Points by The Wine Panel
  • 2017 | “Double Platinum” by the Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2020
  • 2017 | “Double Gold” by the Seattle Wine Awards 2020
  • 2016 | “Best Red in Show” at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 
  • 2016 | “Platinum” at the Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition

“This gorgeous expression of Cabernet Franc maintains a restrained ripeness that provides more red fruit flavors. Expect essences of cherry, toast, and vanilla. Aged 24 months in French oak, the wine has a nice balance, great texture, and is classy and elegant. The 2017 won both Double Platinum and Double Gold in regional competitions, and the 2018 is another winner from this relatively new Washington “Winery to Watch!”” – The Wine Panel

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Bottle

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2017 | “Double Gold” at the Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2020
  • 2017 | “Double Gold” from Sip Magazine’s 2020 Best of the Northwest
  • 2017 | “Double Gold” by the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2019
  • 2017 | 92 Points by The Wine Panel

“The judges always taste double blind, and in this case were expecting the wine [2017 Cabernet Sauvignon] to be $50 or more. Some Washington Cabernet goes too far with extraction, but not this beauty. Expect a classy, elegant wine that has nice flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, and a bit of vanilla, along with blue and black fruits. This relatively new, tiny production winery is winning awards with many of its first vintages, and this Cabernet has won its’ share, over-delivering for the price. Great job Xander and Samantha!” – The Wine Panel

    Merlot Wine Bottle

    Merlot

    • 2018 | 91 Points by The Wine Panel
    • 2017 | “Double Gold” by Seattle Wine Awards 2020
    • 2017 | “Double Gold” by the Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition 2020

    “The 2017 version won two Double Gold Awards, and the ’18 will surely be a contender as well. Aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, this wine drinks more like a Right Bank Bordeaux than a Washington Merlot, with a leaner profile and subtle but present tannins. For those who prefer Old World wines, this will be right up your alley, and is approachable now but could easily age for another 5 years before it’s in its prime.”  – The Wine Panel

     

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Bottle

    Sangiovese

    • 2018 | “Best of Class/Gold” by the 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition

    “Compared to lighter profiles common in Tuscan wines, our Sangiovese is a bold statement. Blended with 20% Cabernet and integrated with equal parts new (50%) and neutral (50%) French oak over 24 months, our Sangiovese has deep notes of cherry with layers of cedar, espresso, and baking spices. A great balance between Tuscan and Washington wine styles.” – Xander Kent (Orenda Co-owner/Winemaker)

    Balance Wine Bottle

    Balance

    • 2018 | 90 Points by The Wine Panel
    • 2017 | “Double Gold” by the Seattle Wine Awards 2020

    “This gorgeous Bordeaux Style blend of almost equal parts Cabernet and Cabernet Franc with 6% Merlot and a kiss of Petite Verdot spent 2 years in French Oak barrels before bottling. As a result of this well-crafted blend, and time to mature, this wine is well-named, as it’s very balanced. Flavors of boysenberry, plum and black cherry dominate, with a hint of vanilla in the background amongst dry but softer tannins. Age in your cellar for a few years or decant if opening before 2022-2023.” – The Wine Panel

    Press Links

    Wine Press NW | 2020 Platinum Competition

    Orenda Winery’s 2017 Cabernet Franc awarded Double Platinum and Orenda’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot earn Double Gold

    Wine Press NW | 2020 Washington Winery to Watch: Orenda Winery

    Sip Magazine | 9th Annual Best of the Northwest

    Orenda Winery’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon wins Double Gold

    Wine Press NW | Abundant wine quality spreads throughout Snoqualmie Valley

    Wine Press NW | Wildflower Bistro approach stays local with Snoqualmie Valley

    HeraldNet | Merlot a workhorse grape that merits acclaim in the Northwest

    Great Northwest Wine | Orenda Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $37

    Great Northwest Wine | 2019 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

    “Orenda Winery makes splash with Best Red Wine”

    Beekeeping Today Podcast | Orenda Winery: Xander and Samantha Kent (S2, E05)

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