The Roberts family hadn’t produced a standalone Malbec until the 2017 vintage, so here’s just their second bottling of the Bordeaux variety from Joe Hattrup’s Sugarloaf Vineyard above the Yakima Valley. Earlier in the winery’s history, True Blue was the proprietary name used for a blueberry-flavored wine. It seems to be no coincidence. Blueberry pie was a common descriptor among the judges, who also noted thoughts of strawberry Pop-Tart, squid ink, sagebrush and crushed basalt. Among the 30 career Platinums won by the Roberts family, five have been for work with red Bordeaux varieties. A portion of proceeds from the sales of True Blue benefits North Beach PAWS, an organization dedicated to saving homeless domestic animals. Awards: Savor NW (best of class/gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 125 cases