One of the early graduates of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, Matt Huse continues to draw from some of the storied vineyard owners in the Walla Walla Valley that his father, David, came to know as a John Deere dealer. Many in the valley charge more for the wines they make from the same grapes, and this stately example of Merlot displays remarkable complexity with its theme of dark raspberry, Bing cherry and dried fig. Barrel spice and light toast remain in balance with the structure, capped by a silky finish.
Rating: Gold medal – 94 points
Production: 240 cases