A decade ago, Jason Fox left Indiana and moved to Walla Walla for the College Cellars winemaking program. He and Todd Bernave, a former assistant winemaker at Walla Walla Vintners, reached into this Bergevin Springs Road planting and ultimately crafted one of the Northwest’s most decorated expressions of Malbec. It’s a perfumy and dark purple drink that’s balanced with fruit and earthiness as Bing cherry, black currant and elderberry splash onto a cushioned palate capped by rose petals and baking spice. This year marks Lagana Cellars’s first multi-Platinum performance. Consider pairing this Malbec with their take on rack of pork. Awards: San Francisco Chronicle (gold), Savor NW (gold), Bellingham Northwest (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 92 points
Production: 123 cases