Maloney Wine 2012 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $65

By on August 14, 2015

Maloney Wine-2012-Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonCornell grad Joshua Maloney headed up the red wine program at Chateau Ste. Michelle before choosing to spearhead the Milbrandts’ growing empire along the Wahluke Slope and Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. However, the brothers have allowed Maloney also to pursue his own small-lot brand that focuses on a different single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon each vintage. He made the call on Joe Hattrup’s underrated site on Oct. 25 and did a cold soak after destemming for three days. The barrel program was split between new Dargaud & Jaegle from Tonnellerie and neutral oak, allowing for enticing aromas of plum reduction sauce, sweet blueberries, Aussie-style black licorice, milk chocolate, toast and alder smoke. Inside, it’s a massive and wild ride of blackberry jam on toast and pomegranate juice, backed by vanilla, molasses and horehound. It’s a hair-on-fire wine that devotees of Petite Sirah particularly will appreciate, and it’s also one of the region’s most expensive bottlings under threads. The Maloney wines are available at two Washington retailers – King’s Market in Friday Harbor and Yoke’s Fresh Market on Keene Road in Richland.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

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  1. Lisa Maloney says:

    Awe! Thank you Eric & Andy for your awesome rating. We appreciate your Great Northwest Wine Publication and support of our local business.

    With Sincere Gratitude,
    The Maloney Family

  2. […] launched Maloney Wine – a 100-case project focused on a single vineyard each year – with the 2012 vintage. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Richland, where they raise two […]

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