Stephen Reustle seems to succeed with virtually every variety he’s established at his two vineyards near Tyee Mountain on the outskirts of Roseburg, Ore., and Malbec is just one of two red Bordeaux grapes he’s planted within his Prayer Rock parcel. This young release opens with a shaker full of black pepper, joined by blueberry, chocolate, Jolly Rancher grape candy and lavender. Inside is a dense delivery of dark purple fruit featuring Marionberry and plum, and there’s balance achieved with bittersweet chocolate tannins and juicy acidity. Suggested pairings include duck breast, tri-tip and hard cheeses. This picked up a double gold at the 2015 Savor NW Wine Awards.
Production: 150 cases