Red Mountain fruit played a key role in some of the 22nd Platinum Awards’s top wines, and the work by winemaker Ron Bunnell with rising star Red Heaven Vineyard fruit turned into the highest-scoring Cabernet Sauvignon of the judging. Its gorgeous core of fruit begins with dusty plum and blueberry with leather and tobacco. Precise tannins and huckleberry juice make for a remarkable structure that’s capped with cassis. Award: San Francisco Chronicle (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 99 points
Production: 119 cases