Tiny yet historic Tokar Vineyard produced one of the Walla Walla Valley’s top examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2016 vintage — it ranked No. 5 on The Seattle Times list of top Northwest wines in 2020. Here, longtime vineyard manager/winemaker Ken Hart blends Cab (68%) and Merlot (32%) from Yellow Bird and Tokar vineyards under his own brand for a deliciously constructed red. Its garnet hue is spot-on for where it is in its life, and inside are layers of cassis and boysenberry. Accents of minerality and crushed brick are nicely tucked in behind plum-skin tannins and lingering elderberry acidity, a structure that delivered Hart his second career Platinum. Award: Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 150 cases