Before graduating from the University of California-Davis as a winemaker, Lacey Steffey taught first-graders. Her work with this rosé from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah has gone to the head of the class at a number of competitions and added a Platinum to the trophy case. This is a full-bodied rosé with slices of strawberry, watermelon and white peach, and the brilliant job with acidity flows all over the palate. Awards: Cascadia International (best rosé), Savor NW (best of class).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 6,500 cases