Malbec from the Royal Slope has been producing chart-topping hits with critics throughout the Northwest, and the Mellisons reached into Stillwater Creek for this bottling, the result of 22 months in six ICÔNE Elégance Seguin Moreau barrels — a program similar to their Best Friends blend. It’s richly fruited with notions of blackberry sauce and cordial cherries across the smooth palate. A pinch of baking spice and black currant acidity come in a timely fashion. Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 143 cases