Aaron Peet, a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, joins an elite group of producers who have earned Platinum in back-to-back years with the same vintage of the same wine. Only this year, his blending of Merlot from Dick Boushey’s vineyard in the Yakima Valley and an undisclosed site on Red Mountain was a unanimous selection for Platinum. Dark, decadent and delightful were descriptions from judges who applauded this Merlot for black cherry, red currant, sarsaparilla and Nilla Wafer notes. Beveled edges and Bing cherry juice make for a velvety and lengthy finish. Award: San Francisco Chronicle (double gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 455 cases