Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Limited Release Malbec, Columbia Valley, $38
Malbec’s original home is in Bordeaux, and it rose to international prominence in large part through the work in Argentina’s Mendoza region. However, Chateau Ste. Michelle loves to share the grape’s potential in Washington state with its club members by blending Cold Creek Vineyard (70%) overlooking the Wahluke Slope with Canoe Ridge Estate in the Horse Heaven Hills. These Salmon Safe sites combine to create aromas of blackberry cobbler, ripe plum and blueberry with toasted walnut, dark chocolate and juniper berries. Its rich entry brings more purple fruit flavors of blackberry and huckleberry, supported by mild tannins, racy pomegranate acidity and a finish of blueberry, licorice and vanilla. Beyond club membership, look for these wines in Woodinville or online.
Production: 950 cases