A decade ago, Ryan and Dusty Kramer on Camano Island in the Puget Sound pulled down a double Platinum for their Cabernet Franc. They are back with a Merlot-driven red they call Spartan, but it’s a wine that’s anything but spartan. Jammy fruit that hints at blackberry and black cherry are joined by Graham cracker, herbal notes and a scrape of slate. The silky finish includes a lingering nibble of mulberry. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 150 cases