Mike Metheny and Lisa Swei have been on a nice roll in the past three year, leading this small Woodinville producer to seven Platinum Awards. This example of Grenache — a blend of Lonesome Spring Ranch in the Yakima Valley with Tertulia Cellars’s Rivière Galets fruit in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater — brings back their first Double Platinum. They refer to the bottling using the French expression for “the hermit,” and it’s three-barrel lot priced at a bargain considering the popularity and scarcity of the Rhône variety in Washington. It’s chocked full of strawberry jam and black pepper with secondary notes of cured meat and capped by olallieberry and pomegranate. Award: Savor NW Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 69 cases