Two sites on Red Mountain, including acclaimed Shaw Vineyard — pour the foundation for this blend of Rhône and Bordeaux varieties by Maine winemaker Aaron Peet. Syrah (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petite Sirah combine for whiffs of black and blue fruit with mint and sage. The fruit turns purple and flows over the top of remarkably smooth tannins, moving from blackberry and plum to blueberry and boysenberry. This signals the third straight vintage of Peet’s Aurora program to earn Platinum. Award: San Francisco Chronicle (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 94 points
Production: 458 cases