Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45
Co-founder Mark Mahan continues to invest in some of the best that the Walla Walla Valley has to offer, which includes Dusted Valley-trained Ben Stuart. They’ve changed up the barrel program slightly from the equally stellar 2013 edition of this reserve Cab, allowing it to spend 20 months in all new French oak barrels. Aromas hint at blackberry pepper jam, plum, vanilla and baking spices before turning into flavors of those same black fruit. Spicy acidity, a medium-plus mouth feel of zippy tannins and the honest yet well-presented alcohol paved the way for this to receive a gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 97 cases