Dusty Cellars Winery 2018 Spartan, Rattlesnake Hills, $17

By on January 14, 2022

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

Alcohol: 14.2%

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