Among the most delicious bargains of the 2021 Platinum was Mike Metheny’s work with Malbec grown in three distinct regions of the Columbia Basin — Kiona’s Heart of the Hill on Red Mountain, Dry Lakes just north of Lake Chelan and young Cameron Ridge near Brewster. Some of Metheny’s restaurant clients asked him for an affordable Malbec, and he’s delivered an attractive example loaded with black fruit, dark chocolate, toast and Bing cherry juice. It’s easy to remember how many Platinum medals Three of Cups earned in 2021 — three, which gives Metheny’s program a total of seven in the past three years. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 175 cases