Not long after it was released, Patrick Spangler earned a Platinum for his work with this 2016 Merlot. Now, the 2018 Oregon Winery of the Year has qualified it for another round at Platinum Awards by earning a gold medal this winter. There’s remarkable brightness to the dark red fruit, which plays well with the charming profile provided by the barrel influences of baking spice and toast. One judge described it as “a gold immediately on the nose,” which complemented the mouth feel of tannins, acidity and fruit.
Rating: Gold medal – 93 points
Production: 193 cases