The Dineen family’s Petit Verdot plays a significant role in Leigh McMillan’s deliciously distinctive Envoler, a blend inspired by Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Here, the variety stands out on its own, and it’s a bold and boisterous offering. The portion of new French oak (33%) is prominent, imparting a sense of toasted wheat among the layers of black fruit that come with a stately structure of plum-skin tannins and Montmorency cherry juice. The success and following for their wines not only has prompted McMillan and co-owner Kristen Dorrity to operate tasting rooms in West Seattle and Bellingham, but they also have increased production while deepening their relationship with respected Rattlesnake Hills viticulturist Patrick Rawn.
Rating: Excellent — 88 points
Production: 26 cases