It’s easy to see why the red program for this Seattle-based boutique label has prompted its owners to make plans for satellite tasting rooms in both Ballard and on the South Puget Sound’s Key Peninsula. The seventh career Platinum in four years for vintners Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert is this dark, weighty and hedonistic Merlot wrapped in sweet cherries, vanilla bean, cocoa powder and black licorice. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 69 cases