For the second straight vintage, this Kitsap Peninsula producer has earned our top rating for his work with Pepper Bridge Vineyard fruit. This year, winemaker Brian Peterson added to the structure by blending in Petit Verdot (5%), Merlot (4%) and Cabernet Franc (1%) to help create complex aromas of chai spices, black cherry, blackcurrant, sweet herbs and moist earth. Inside, there’s remarkable texture akin to a fist in a velvet glove as those blackish blue fruit tones are delivered in a ripe and penetrating fashion that make for a juicy rather than abrasive finish. It’s no surprise that Peterson’s 2018 Petit Verdot ranked No. 10 on The Seattle Times year-end list.
Production: 184 cases