Flying Trout 2011 Konnowac Vineyard Old Vines Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

By on May 27, 2015

Flying-Trout-Konnowac-Vineyard-Old-Vines-Malbec-2011-bottleAshley Trout grew up in Washington, D.C., but fell in love with Washington state and the Walla Walla Valley during her studies at Whitman. The “flying” Trout reference stems from her jet-setting pursuit required to make Malbec in two hemispheres. Here, though, she reaches into a venerable vineyard in the Yakima Valley. This Wapato site features some of the state’s oldest plantings of Malbec, and Trout captures the essence of the Fiolas’ vineyard, starting with aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, white pepper, milk chocolate and charcuterie. Those spice notes flourish on the palate with flavors of chocolate-covered blueberries, dark plum and Craisin acidity. Its medium structure of espresso-ground tannin allows for a rich finish of dark cherry and bittersweet chocolate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 94 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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