Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, $36

By on December 16, 2021

Mark Lathrop went to business school, not winemaking school, but he’s proven to be a quick study in the cellar, thanks in part to talking his way into some of the best vineyards on Red Mountain. He blends clone 2 and clone 4 with a bit of Cabernet Franc (20%) to add enough style to achieve the ranks of Double Platinum. Think of cherry cocktail, cassis, chocolate and fruit cake spice, but there’s also a bit of menthol and crushed brick. Sweet tannins and red pepper play out in the finish. One judge said, “It’s just a fun wine.” Award: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold).

Rating: Double Platinum, 97 points

Production: 120 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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