One of the first products of Walla Walla Community College’s Institute of Viticulture and Enology, second-generation winemaker Matt Huse used craftsmanship to return his third career Platinum — each for Cabernet Sauvignon. The erstwhile carpenter displays a restrained use of oak in order to showcase the plummy and cherry-laden profile that also makes room for dried sage and a finish of bright blueberry. “It expresses the best of what a good Washington Cab can be,” one judge noted. This was among four entries from the 2016 vintage to achieve Platinum. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 480 cases