This marks the third career Platinum for Jarrod Boyle’s Shepherds Mark program, a blend dedicated to Rhône varieties Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne that he’s named as an homage to the early 20th century sheepherders who would stack rocks to serve as markers along the Horse Heaven Hills. It’s easy to scout out the hints of guava, passionfruit and honeysuckle, along with some weight from honeycomb. Mandarin orange and lime curd lead to the bright finish that the Boyles enjoy pairing with poultry, rich fish or sautéed chicken with celery-root purée. Award: Sunset International (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 1,410 cases