Third-generation Fresno County farmer Ross Allen’s vineyard near Medford, Ore., features sections heavily influenced by the Darow Series soil type. Longtime Southern Oregon winemaker Kiley Evans turned this bottling into 2Hawk’s fourth Platinum, half of those for Tempranillo. The big Spanish red spent nearly two years in a barrel program with 50% new French oak, which is revealed in the black cherry, allspice and clove approach. Nicely managed tannins and black currant acidity combine for a great mouthfeel and long bittersweet chocolate finish. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (best of class/gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 357 cases