Ten of Coco Umiker’s 34 career Platinums have come from standalone bottlings featuring the red Bordeaux variety once thought to have been driven to the brink of extinction by the 19th century plague of phylloxera in France. Fortunately, Carménère thrives in the Pacific Northwest, particularly at Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Classic notes of green peppercorn are joined by spicy roasted coffee and dark fruit. The injection of juicy blue-fruited Malbec (17%) makes for a mouthfeel that’s big, rich, and supple. Awards: Cascadia International (best of class/double gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 132 cases