Founding winemaker Karen Krug recently brought her son, Jake, into the cellar and they’ve woven together a remarkable Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired blend from Crawford Vineyard in Prosser. It leads with Merlot (56%) and receives plenty of support from herbaceous Cabernet Franc (37%) and juicy Malbec. Named for the strait between Whidbey and Fidalgo islands, it’s a deceivingly priced red because it shows expense, capturing aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis, French roast coffee and tobacco leaf within a weighty structure of beveled tannins and blackberry acidity. Award: Savor NW (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 119 cases