Brad Sherman of Michael Florentino Cellars in Woodinville launched this label to showcase the Bordeaux-inspired wines he crafts with Jared Welchel, and they selected their top barrels of Merlot from Destiny Ridge Vineyard to earn gold medals for bottlings from the 2017 vintage as well as this one from 2018. Medium toast gives way to an expression of Marionberry, blueberry, rose petal and lavender aromas. Silky tannins allow for full enjoyment of the blackberry and plum flavors, capped by mocha and Rainier cherry juice. These wines are also available at Sherman’s Old World Tasting Room just south of the West Seattle Bridge.
Rating: Gold medal – 90 points
Production: 55 cases