Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42
A crack of the cap sets the stage for another action-packed red from the Dusted Valley boys, who assembled fruit some of their favorite vineyards — Bacchus, Birch Creek, StoneTree and Weinbau — to help define what Washington state Malbec can be. The dark purplish tone of the fluid provides an early glimpse at what’s in store, starting with aromas of blackberry, strawberry, Bing cherry, black licorice and horehound. Inside, it’s Damson plum, black cherry cola and more blackberry leading the big entry. Mild tannins, solid acidity and complex notes of black olive with plum pit in the finish all add up to a seriously delicious wine. Their list of suggested pairings translate to beef, pork tenderloin and chorizo.
Production: 264 cases