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Wit Cellars 2013 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $45
Some of Washington state’s best examples of Malbec come from Gamache Vineyard, and this blend of Bordeaux varieties by Flint Nelson and Cat Warwick showcases Malbec (61%) from that planting near historic Sagemoor Vineyard. It’s backed by Petit Verdot (21%) and Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope Vineyard. Aromas of sweet herbs, black cherry, blueberry and toast include anise and black pepper. Inside, it’s a juicy slice of blueberry pie, joined by blackberry, dark toast and coffee. Bing cherry skin tannins firm it up nicely in the finish, ideal for a plate of osso bucco. While not a classic Cahors-style blend, it represents just one of several stunning wines from the debut release of Wit Cellars in Prosser.
Production: 240 cases