Five of the Bunnell family’s 18 career Platinum Awards have featured Painted Hills Vineyard, and this was the second Platinum he earned in 2021 with Petit Verdot from Art den Hoed’s vineyard just outside of the Yakima Valley. Classic notes of dark black fruit, blood orange, violets and lavender ride atop marvelously managed tannins that allow for an enjoyable finish of orange zest. Don’t bet against Bunnell entering this 2017 PV into a Platinum-recognized wine competition in the next year or two, winning a gold and going onto a second Platinum — just as the bottling from the 2014 vintage did this year. Award: San Francisco Chronicle (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 123 cases