Puget Sound winemaker Karen Krug goes across the Cascades to earn her third career Platinum in three years for work with a red Bordeaux variety. These grapes came from Joe Hattrup’s Sugarloaf Vineyard, and Krug crafts this in such a way that it should appeal to Carm crusaders. A showy nose of black cherry, green peppercorns, tobacco and sweet baking spices holds true on the bold palate, which is juicy but still nicely balanced and leaves room for white pepper in the finish. Award: Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 85 cases