Of the 41 career Platinums awarded to Cecil Zerba, this is the third for Cabernet Sauvignon. His winemaker, Brent Roberts, worked with the 70-acre Cockburn Vineyard, the largest of Zerba’s three estate plantings in the southern part of the Walla Walla Valley. It’s ripe while still herbal and filled with barrel spice, making for what one judge described as “a complete package.” Black plum and blackberry are joined by crushed herbs and eucalyptus while tar-like tannins and pick up sarsaparilla, clove and anise ahead of the juicy finish. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 410 cases