Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 Forte Rosso Red Wine, Royal Slope, $125

By on January 12, 2022

Rob and Donna Mellison have amassed 13 Platinums in the past two years, a remarkable achievement for a boutique producer, but they readily credit viticulturist Ed Kelly at Stillwater Creek Vineyard for much of their recent success, including this 50/50 unfiltered blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Beautiful fruitiness brings hints of cassis, cherry and blackberry within an appealing structure that includes orange oil and blueberry juice finish. Awards: Great Northwest Invitational (double gold), Bellingham NW (double gold).

Rating: Double Platinum, 97 points

Production: 152 cases

Alcohol: 15.2%

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