Each vintage, renowned Woodinville blender Brian Carter singles out a variety that he will bottle on its own. Vastly underrated Willard Family Vineyard, a breadbasket for some of Washington’s largest producers, received “The One” treatment across four select barrels during the vintage that followed up the Northwest’s warmest growing season. Rewarding aromas of nicely ripened blackberry, blueberry and cherry pick up touches of pepper and cinnamon toast that are cast in a mouthful of balanced pleasure.
Rating: Gold medal – 94 points
Production: 100 cases