Wisconsin-raised brothers-in-law Chad Johnson and Corey Braunel reach into their own vineyard in The Rocks District for this inky, meaty and black-fruited Syrah. Done in neutral French oak puncheons, there’s plenty of black currant, licorice and mincemeat pie to enjoy, with some Graham cracker, tar and pencil shavings along for the ride in the medium-structured Syrah that speaks softly in terms of its funky birthplace. This is DVV’s third Platinum with Syrah, and the 14th in their screw-capped history. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 96 points
Production: 110 cases