Woodinville Warehouse denizen Greg Peiker invested in two of the state’s top vineyards — Elephant Mountain and its sister Sugarloaf — for this GSM-ish blend of Syrah (62%), Mourvèdre (23%) and Grenache. The Microsoft retiree and Northwest Wine Academy grad made AMORE the flagship bottling from his debut vintage, and it’s a beautiful start with black raspberry, strawberry and Herbes de Provence. Pinches of white pepper and violet along with cherry juice make for an elegant finish. Awards: Sunset International (gold), Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 324 cases