Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42
The Wisconsin boys pay tribute to Argentina, thanks to prized Malbec from StoneTree on the Wahluke Slope, their own Sconni Block in the Walla Walla Valley and their expanding relationship with the Olsen brothers vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Fascinating aromas include dark cherry, an Almond Joy bar, graphite and moist earth. Those notes ring true on the palate as lush fruit flavors of Bing cherry and boysenberry come together with a pleasing mouth feel, a sense of earthiness and lingering chalkboard dust. Look for this at their Woodinville or Walla Walla tasting rooms, and enjoy it with this recipe for feijoada — a traditional black bean stew in Brazil that features smoked pork and corned beef.
Production: 300 cases