This Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend led by Merlot (51%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (29%) lacks only Carménère from representing all six of the classic Bordeaux varieties, and Rick Wasem’s skillful blending of his flagship red turned it into the highest ranking wine of his four Platinum winners in our 2021 judging. Dusty dark blue fruit, beveled tannins, pomegranate acidity and cinnamon powder only begin to describe this bright and balanced red. Wasem has used Merlot to win four of his 19 career Platinum awards. Award: Sunset International (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 444 cases