David Smith of Vancouver, Wash., started making wine as an amateur in 2008 with a small lot of fruit from Les Collines Vineyard. Two years later, he and co-owner Mark Mahan opened their winery in Clark County, and this marks their fourth vintage of working with Shane McKibben’s fruit. The nose features black cherry, plum juice and black pepper, while the flavors are loaded with Bing cherry, juicy boysenberry and pomegranate as the acidity easily overtakes the tannin structure. This wine delivered them a silver medal in the $30 to $34.99 category at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — the largest judging of wine in the United States.
Production: 108 cases