Northwest Cellars 2013 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Malbec, Red Mountain, $48
Grapes don’t come cheaply on Red Mountain, but Kirkland vintner Robert Delf and Yakima Valley winemaker Robert Smasne continue their success with Malbec from Scooteney Flats Vineyard, meriting our top rating for the second straight vintage. Gorgeous aromas of rose hips, black cherry, blueberry and white pepper led into a graceful presentation on the palate of the same descriptors. Those lush berries and well-managed tannins make for a bright, juicy and long mouth feel.
Production: 68 cases