For the second straight vintage, Richard Batchelor has received a Platinum for his entry-level proprietary red blend program, which leads with Cabernet Sauvignon and gathers up 11 other varieties to the mix for this latest example. Our panels don’t judge by price, so this bottling stands on its own merit, bringing an abundance of black and blue fruit notes, led by black cherry and blueberry, while receiving a nice touch of oak, showing in a lick of chocolate in the close. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 7,280 cases