This product of Washington State University’s winemaking school has garnered two Platinums in the past three years for his work with Petite Sirah, so it’s no surprise to see him score a Double Platinum with the more famous grape from Rhône. It hints at a bramble berry patch in the nose, and it’s remarkably fruit-forward on the palate, where it offers both power and balance in the delivery of blackberry, blueberry and black olive. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 97 points
Production: 90 cases