Charlie Hoppes, one of Washington’s most talented winemakers, crafts the wines for Russ and Stacie Hamilton, neighbors of his Fidelitas project on Red Mountain. This expression of Cabernet Franc comes from Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, one of the state’s oldest and warmest sites. The turn of a peppermill, dusty rose petals and mocha describe the aromatic profile. Silky flavors of blackberry and dark cherry are joined by a sense of smokiness, making for a round and rich finish. This merited the award for best of class at the 2019 Washington State Wine Competition before it went on to win best of class in the fall at Anthony Dias Blue’s San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Production: 58 cases