This 10-acre property between the Rogue River and the dairy for Rogue Creamery has a layered relationship with grower/winemaker Herb Quady, whose team at Barrel 42 works with Coventina CEO Chris Amen on her wine program. Their combined efforts earned Coventina its first two Platinums, led by this classic Rogue Valley example. The product of fruit certified as organic by the Oregon Tilth is deep and dark with cherries, plum and black currant, joined by spice box, earthiness and cigar box. Elevated acidity and firm tannins from this blend of clones 5 and 11 make it an ideal pairing with David Gremmels’s world-renowned Oregon Blue cheese. Award: International Women’s Wine Competition (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 665 cases