Chemist/attorney/winemaker Karen Krug’s passion project on Whidbey Island continues to prove itself. This fall, Spoiled Dog chased down four Platinums, allowing the Krug family to crack the all-time leaderboard with 12 in their career. This year, two of those came courtesy of their Pinot Noir program. For this reserve, five clones came into play — four Dijon and the sexy Pommard — and this is a full, dark and decadent example featuring candied cherry, baking spice and pipe tobacco. A wealth of mulberry acidity makes for a robust finish. Award: Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 94 cases