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