Waterbrook Winery 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $13
Best Buy! Two of Precept Wine’s stalwart sites — Canyon Ranch Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and Doval Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope — pave the way for winemaker John Freeman to produce a stunning wine from a dream vintage with a buzzworthy variety and offered at an utterly remarkable price. The nose offers hints of a blackberry milkshake at Walla Walla’s Ice-Burg Drive-In, black cherry sauce, vanilla cream, pipe tobacco and braised beef. The drink delivers an explosion of black cherry, Marionberry, plum and raspberry flavors amid mild tannins, pomegranate acidity and a lingering finish of Craisins and Jolly Rancher grape candy.
Production: 1,900 cases