Pondera Winery 2010 Stillwater Creek malbec

A winner somewhere.

Tasted at 58-62 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: inky black garnet. Mouthfeel: mouthful. Tail trail: 10+ seconds. Nose/flavors: bold, brambly fruits, dark smoke, blueberry, white pepper, cedar, pine cones, sweet tannins. Perfect with brisket and shredded bbq pork.

Alcohol: 14.5%. Stillwater Creek Vineyard (future Royal Slope AVA). Columbia Valley AVA. Power: 3/5. Balance: 4/5. Depth: 4/5. Finesse: 3/5. Rated: 94. Value: $45. Paid: $32. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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