The GSM category at this year’s Platinum Awards ranked among the most competitive, and Travis Maple’s expression from the Miller family’s historic Airport Ranch earned praise from judges for emulating a Southern Rhône. Maple, a product of Washington State University’s enology and viticulture program, arrived at the winning equation of Syrah (64%), Grenache (23%) and Mourvèdre. The results bring both cassis and red currant within an inkiness that’s smoky, funky and finished with a stream of pomegranate juice. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 612 cases