Novelty Hill 2009 Stillwater Creek Vineyard malbec

Tasted at 60-67 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: inky, majestic purple. Nose: wallflower plum and blackberry at 63 degrees to raspberry at 67 degrees. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. Tail trail: 8 seconds. Flavors: star-studded plum, alcohol sting, spiced cherry, black pepper, streaky smoked blackberries, and some low-level funk. Primo with a curried turkey empanada.

Alcohol: 14.6%. Estate vineyard in the future Frenchman Hills AVA. Columbia Valley AVA. 93% malbec, 3% cabernet franc, 2% cabernet sauvignon, 2% merlot. TA 0.56. pH 3.66. 311 cases. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $18. Paid: $25. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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