This bottling by Chris Peterson on behalf of retired NFL quarterbacks Damon Huard and Dan Marino is just a rookie, but it’s already hit paydirt at a couple of competitions this fall, including Passing Time’s first career Platinum. Sources for their HHH Cab program have leaned heavily on stalwart Champoux and Discovery vineyards since 2012, and it fills out the shoulder pads with hits of black currant and cherry pie with Graham cracker crust. Remarkable oak integration so early in the game shows up both in the sweet plum-skin tannins and the lingering finish of Baker’s chocolate and cocoa powder. For a Cab to score a Platinum prior to its commercial release is the stuff of legend. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 500 cases