Horse Heaven Hills
The 2012 vintage was downright abundant compared to the reduced crop of 2011! We started slowly due to an unusually cool and damp June. By July the days warmed and we were seeing the "normal" heat units. We experienced some haze and humid weather with severe thunderstorms, perhaps caused by the significant Wenatchee Complex fire. We did not see any "smoke taint" to the vines (or wines.) The Malbec was harvested the last week of September, a little later than usual; the fruit was beautiful! The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
This wine is ruby red in the glass with aromas of plum, dark cherry, licorice and coca. These flavors come together with Bing cherry tones, juicy plum, hints of cedar and our signature mocha; finished by a round, full palate, balanced yet vibrant acidity, and soft tannins. Ready to drink now but will age beautifully for 5-7 years.
We did not bottle a Malbec in 2011 due to the deep freeze in November 2010.
The 2012 Horse Heaven Hills Malbec is 100% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from our vines at McKinley Springs Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. It was aged in 100% one vintage old French oak for 23 months. The ideal consumption is 5 to 7 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 10 years. The alcohol by volume is 14.2%. It was bottled September 2014.
18+/20 Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines This is a tasty, fruit forward Malbec. It displays a ruby-crimson color and smoky aromas of blackberries, blueberries, black currants, black roses, sweet tobacco and spiced incense. The flavors are well saturated and direct, imbued with licorice, dark cocoa and Horse Heaven scorched earth and minerals. The back picks up notes of macerated berries and roasted nuts, and then marches on into a thick, chewy ripe tannin finish that is dusted with herbs and pepper. Rand Sealey Feb 2015