Matt Huse was among the first graduates of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, and Bordeaux varieties have been a strength at his family’s winery since he and his father, David, established their winery in 2000. These days, Huse is making wine with Cameron Rushton, and they’ve combined to craft a delicious example of Malbec that hits on many of the characteristics that make this variety so popular — starting with a magenta rim that’s pleasing to the eye. Aromas of Marionberry pie, Jolly Rancher grape candy, rose petal and white pepper lead to condensed dark blue fruit flavors. Delicious balance is achieved by the combination of boysenberry acidity, blueberry skin tannins and a light scrape of toast. It’s available at their tasting room near the Walla Walla Regional Airport and their satellite tasting room in Woodinville.
Rating: Outstanding! Gold medal — 92 points
Production: 240 cases
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