An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Sagelands Vineyard 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $10

sagelands-vineyard-malbec-bottleBest Buy! Precept Wine and winemaker Ben Hummer continue to restore the luster this brand lost when it fell into foreign hands, and this marks the first vintage since the acquisition. The blending of fruit from three vineyards — Doval (Wahluke Slope), Willard (Yakima Valley) and Wallula (Horse Heaven Hills) — produces a wine of brilliant color with aromas of boysenberry, cherry juice, huckleberry, vanilla and cinnamon. Its inviting fluid offers a smooth entry of raspberry freezer jam and plump cranberry, backed by chocolate and allspice in the finish. Suggested fare includes marinated lamb, grilled kabobs or London broil rubbed with thyme and rosemary.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 3,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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