MonteScarlatto Estate Winery 2012 Malbec, Red Mountain, $32
This young winery on Washington’s warm Red Mountain is beginning to make a name for itself with every new vintage. This superb Malbec from estate grapes opens with aromas of mocha, sweet oak, ripe plum and black pepper. On the palate, it offers rich flavors of blackberry, black cherry, slate and dark spices, all backed by succulent tannins and notes of dark chocolate. This won a gold medal at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
Production: 65 cases