Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: Alexandria Nicole 2008 Malbec Block 20 Estate Grown

Malbec Photo
Photo: Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2008 Malbec.
Fabulous Horse Heaven Hills Malbec.

Last month I visited Alexandria Nicole Cellars, a local Washington winery dedicated to producing small lots of hand-crafted wine, at their Destiny Ridge Estate vineyard and winery. Destiny Ridge vineyard is located high above the bluffs on the Columbia River, near the town of Paterson, Washington, where many different varietals thrive in soils and micro-climate conditions of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. I'm delighted to share with you my experience with the Alexandria Nicole 2008 Malbec.


Destiny Ridge Photo
Photo: View of Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA.

Washington wine can be such an exquisite personal experience. The Alexandria Nicole 2008 Malbec is no exception. Their Block 20 Estate grown Malbec was wrapped in gorgeous color. When I stuck my nose in the glass, lush aromas of dark fruit, licorice, spice, black pepper, and chocolate, vibrated into a floral flourish, merrily carrying through the finish. An addition of dark cherry flavor balanced out this wine and its smooth-texture ended with a light, friendly grip. This Malbec was a welcome companion to my roast beef with grilled bell peppers. Recommended.

ABV: 14.1%
Closure: Natural cork
Production: 177 cases
Sample provided by the winery

Produced and Bottled by Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Prosser, Washington
509-786-3497
TASTING ROOM LOCATIONS

PROSSER TASTING ROOM 
Open daily 11-5 | 2880 Lee Rd, Suite D , Prosser, WA  | 509.786.3497

HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE
Open 12-5 Thursday-Monday| Friday night happy hour 5-8 |
 14810 Northeast 145th Street, Woodinville | 425.487.9463

DESTINY RIDGE VINEYARD AND WINERY
 Open by Appt.| 158422 W. Sonova Rd. | 509.242.9979

Thank you Alexandria Nicole Cellars for a wonderful visit and for sharing your exceptional wines. Your 2008 Malbec rocked! My friends, if you have never visited this part of the wine world, then I encourage you to come experience the pleasure of Washington wine at the wineries I write about. Our weather this season is exceptional too.

Cheers!