*Editors' Choice* This 100% varietal wine hails from McClellan Estate and Minnick Hills vineyards. Notes of plum, licorice and fresh herbs partner with barrel spices that include chocolate and clove. It's soft and supple in feel, showing impressive flavor intensity while still retaining deftness of expression.
Scents of violets and lilac lend some complexity to a dark core of purple fruit. The flavors are generous, dense and chewy, with exceptionally fine tannins. The mildly peppery bite in the finish calls for a pepper steak.
Lithe, with density to the cherry and raspberry fruit, picking up floral and mineral notes as the finish persists against nubby tannins. Has depth and length. Drink now through 2020. 440 cases made.
Similarly styled, with a rich and rounded profile, the 2012 Malbec offers ample black raspberry, black currant, toast and earth in its medium to full-bodied, layered, ripe and forward profile. Aged 16 months in 30% new Russian and Hungarian oak, it’s a solid example of the variety from Washington State and has lots to like. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. Made by Casey McClellan, these are superb, classically styled wines that are more than reasonable priced. His 2011s are quite strong here and while it wasn’t able to taste many of his 2012s, they appear to be a step up. (JD)
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