36. Mosquito Fleet Winery 2011 Reserve 34 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $90
Puget Sound chiropractor Brian Petersen whittled down the juice in his two favorite Taransaud barrels and rather than integrate them into his mainstream Cabernet Sauvignon program, he set them aside for an extra year — a total of 34 months, hence the name. That barrel treatment, which included 12 months of regular battonage, helps create brooding aromas of black raspberry, black currant, dark chocolate and black pepper. On the palate, flavors of dark purple fruit reign, offering hints of blackberry syrup, plum, blueberry and toffee. Its hallmark may be the rich and sandy tannins that create a wake of bittersweet chocolate that make for an utterly delicious Cab. He chose for the label an image of the Virginia V, a member of the historic Mosquito Fleet that buzzed passengers and commerce throughout the Puget Sound.
Production: 50 cases