This Milton-Freewater, Ore., producer ranks fifth all-time on the Platinum tote board. Five of their 41 winners have been with Italian varieties, and here’s the second in their history for Dolcetto. This grape is notoriously tart and tannic, even in its native Piedmont, but not in the hands of Washington State University product Brent Roberts. There’s a pleasing level of barrel influence, but not enough to get in the way of the floral and berry approach as huckleberry and black currant gather amid gracious tannins that lead to a long and soft landing with creamy cherries. Award: San Francisco Chronicle (double gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 274 cases