Wine of the Week – Stottle Winery 2012 Malbec Horse Heaven Hills @StottleWinery

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Just released 21 October 2015

At first taste I knew this would be a "Wine of the Week." Kudos to Josh and Amy Stottlemeyer for producing such an exceptional Washington Malbec. Expect more reviews of Stottle Winery soon. Stottle Winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, Washington just off I-5 and north of the state capital, Olympia.

Thoughts: Ready to drink now. Wonderful with food. Well done. Decanting for an hour showed the elegance and depth of this wine. Don't wait too long to purchase this vintage. Only 110 cases were produced. Strongly Recommended + Wine of the Week.

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Tasting Notes Stottle Winery 2012 Malbec Elerding 6 Prong Vineyards

Color: Dark purple.
Nose: Candied plum, baking spice, clove, grape bubble yum in background.
Palate: Spiced plum, berry spice, chocolate, focused to middle, medium body, cherry on the finish. Tasty at open and ready to go. Enjoyed the finish.

After 15 minutes: Savory berry, sandal wood, spice. Wow, broad on the palate, rich, dark berry, super fine tannin, fresh, a little bitter coffee on the finish. A very nice howdy.

After 30 minutes:
Rich dark fruit, candied, spice, wonderful mouth feel, lightly tacky tannin on roof of mouth, cola, coffee, with cherry-apple tannin on the enjoyable lingering finish.

At one hour: Dark fruit, leather, candied, plum, graphite on nose. Juicy, candied cherry, focus to middle, nice zip on cheeks, plum, spice, bitter note, coffee on medium finish.

*Decanted for one hour: Smooth, elegant, plum, spice, toffee, mouth filling flavor, coffee-cherry, dry, tacky tannin on tongue, with apple, subtle orange, and candy cherry/strawberry on medium-long finish. Decanting showed a polished and elegant Malbec ready for steak. Well done. Big like.

Day two: Tart and fresh. Fine tannin along gums, bright dark fruit on roof of palate, lively with a rich, focused, cherry cola finish. Long, lingering finish. Very food friendly. Purple tongue. Big like.

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Blend: 100% Malbec, hand-harvested
Vineyard: Elerding 6 Prong
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Closure: Natural Cork
ABV: 14.8%
Winemaker: Josh Stottlemeyer
SRP: $33
Production: 110 Cases
Sample provided by the winery
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Amy and Josh Stottlemeyer.

Stottle Winery & Tasting Room
2641 Willamette Dr. NE,  Suite E
Lacey, WA 98516
360-515-0356
www.stottlewinery.com

Stottle Winery was founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemeyer. Winemaker Josh Stottlemeyer is the force behind the wines of Stottle Winery. After selling his web development and internet marketing firm he took his passion for wine to the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology. He's become a truly talented winemaker.

Cheers!

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