For the third straight year, Coco “Empress of the Platinum” Umiker has used her entry-level “Renaissance Red” — a tribute to the renaissance of her valley’s wine industry — to earn yet another Platinum. While the foundation is Syrah (53%) from Umiker Vineyard, Carménère (11%) plays a significant role behind Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as blackberry, plum skins, blood orange and sandalwood combine in a remarkable red at a bargain price. Awards: San Francisco Chronicle (double gold), Savor NW (double gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 99 points
Production: 695 cases