A growing number of winemakers throughout the Northwest are realizing that one of the top spots for Malbec is Verhey Vineyard, just downstream of Union Gap and west of Elephant Mountain. Those who visit the Owen Roe tasting room during harvest can sometimes see the bins of wineries who are the Verhey family’s customers. Among those if Robert Delf of Northwest Cellars, and his tradition of stylish work with red wines continues here. This conjures up thoughts of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater with its briny nose of pepperoni and blood pudding, and Delf’s program of 50% new French oak barrels brings hints of smoky cured meat. Those follow through on the palate in a ponderous fashion with dried black fruit akin to plum, figs and dates. It’s rustic and done well. Enjoy with tapendades, braised meats, stews and eggplant dishes.
Production: 276 cases