The prolific grape of the Piedmont region in northern Italy requires heat, and it gets that at the eastern edge of the Columbia Gorge, which is the go-to spot for winemaker Rich Cushman’s hot-climate red program. He captures aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, red plum and cassis while bringing along some brambly notes. There’s remarkable concentration and depth to the profile as moderate tannins and huckleberry juice provide food-friendly length. Award: Cascadia International (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 228 cases