Woodinville’s John Patterson first learned by making wine at his father’s side before refining his talents at the Northwest Wine Academy, which is part of South Seattle Community College. Along the way, their family operation has migrated from Monroe to its tasting room in the popular Hollywood Hills District. Their Cabernet Sauvignon from a cooler vintage exudes lots of complexity, starting with its nose of Bing cherry, black cherry, black pepper and green olive, along with cocoa powder, minerality and hints of savory Chex Mix. The entry to the palate carries a focused theme of cherries, currant and plums with a medium structure and good length. It’s built for the long haul with its bright acidity, but it’s also got the balance for lean cuts of beef. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.
Production: 250 cases