Malaga Springs Winery 2011 Al y Kat Rosé, Washington, $18
Wenatchee Valley winemaker Al Mathews creates two styles of pink wine on Cathedral Rock Road — one from Sangiovese and this cheerful and slightly off-dry blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Both earned strong medals in West Coast competitions last year. Hints of dried strawberry, cranberry, black cherry and candy cane offer a gentle head-butt to the nose. The drink brings a friendly purr of strawberry candy and black cherry with a tail drag of dark plum, red currant, apricot and garam masala. The San Diego International Wine Competition treated it with a silver medal.
Production: 45 cases