Assemblage: 100% Malbec from the Dineen Winery Block
Elévage: 20 months in 50% new and 50% neutral French oak
Vintage Notes: 2020 was a relatively warm year for Washington State with a significantly smaller crop than average. A freeze in the autumn of 2019 and some severe weather events in May 2020 impacted buds and fruit set which led to fewer and smaller clusters and berries. What we did not have in quantity certainly gave way to quality. Warm temperatures and sunshine in September and October allowed the berries to slowly develop sugars and flavors while maintaining acidity. Overall, a spectacular vintage showcasing aromatics and concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Notes: This wine greets the nose with aromas of cherry cola, cranberry and red currant. Spicy notes, including star anise, vanilla, clove and cinnamon interweave with the dark fruit. In the mouth, it is full bodied and exhibits intense red fruit flavors and savory umami notes. The finish is long and juicy and the tannins are soft. Suitable to drink now and can age for 10+ years.
Recommended Food Pairings
Malbec's full-body lends itself to full-flavored foods such as:
- Lean red meats, such as filet mignon, roasted pork tenderloin or dark turkey meat.
- Many herbs and spices including shallot, sage, rosemary, cumin and pepper.
- Earthy vegetables like mushrooms, roasted peppers and potatoes
- Soft & melted cheeses such as provolone, mozzarella, swiss raclette and blue cheeses