Bill Sanchez, who has devoted his career to the study of nutritional sciences, and his wife, Sandy, are a decade into their ownership of what served as the estate planting for Laura Volkman Vineyards in Newberg, Ore. While they’ve rebranded it Potter’s Vineyard, Sanchez earned the first Platinum under his Vino Vasai brand for this work with old vines at Konnowac Vineyard in Washington’s Yakima Valley. His entry-level Cab is deep, dark and intensely flavored with black currant, black cherry and baking spices. Award: McMinnville Wine Classic (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 144 cases