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Wine of the Week: AntoLin Cellars 2010 Estate Malbec - Yakima Valley @AntoLinCellars


AntoLin Cellars 2010 Malbec a Sonnet for the Senses

Typically I try to post a wine of the week on Friday. This week I felt I should post my wine of the week today. Now you have all week to hunt down this bottle of Washington Malbec.

Malbec is a red wine variety originally from the Bordeaux region of France, a variety which has become strongly associated with fine wines from Argentina. This bottle of AntoLin Cellars Malbec was all Washington Malbec in style - supple and fresh, a sonnet for the senses.

“The name, AntoLin, is a collective of our first names, signifying our partnership. Our passion is winemaking and our dream is to share the fruits of our passion. Here’s to making friends, one glass at a time.” -Tony and Linda Haralson

Tasting Notes 2010 Estate Malbec

Color: Dark garnet.
Nose: Lively, earthy, cherry.
Palate: Dark cherry, spicy pepper, light mid-palate, tart and creamy finish. Bright and fresh, well integrated after 10 minutes, cherry dominant with emerging dark notes.

After 20 minutes: deep dark purple color, juicy, mocha, cherry, blackberry, espresso, apple tannin. Very enjoyable.

40 Minutes: gorgeous dark color, luscious nose of violets, mocha, cherry. Lovely mouth feel, spicy, dark cherry, bright with apple tannin.

60 minutes: Candied nose, tarragon, earthy, cherry cordial. Lovely in the mouth, classic spicy cherry Malbec profile, herbal notes on long cherry finish.

2 hours: Supple and utterly delicious. Fantastic wine.

Thoughts: Paired well with fried steak and salami. After two hours of enjoyment, I nibbled dark chocolate with 65% cacao, it was a lovely sonnet of flavors. Well done AntoLin. I suggest you open and drink an hour later, or decant and drink after 30 minutes. Strongly Recommended.

Blend: 100% Malbec Estate
AVA: Yakima Valley
Vineyard: Glacier
Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 13.5%
Production: 114 cases
Sample provided by winery
SRP: $25

Antolin Cellars is a boutique winery located in Yakima, Washington. Founded in 2007 by Tony and Linda Haralson. They source fruit from their 5-acre estate vineyard and other select sites in Yakima and Columbia Valleys.

AntoLin Cellars LLC
twitter: @AntoLinCellars

The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 

"The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul
Move still, oh, still, beside me, as they stole
Betwixt me and the dreadful outer brink
Of obvious death, where I, who thought to sink,
Was caught up into love, and taught the whole
Of life in a new rhythm. The cup of dole
God gave for baptism, I am fain to drink,
And praise its sweetness, Sweet, with thee anear.
The names of country, heaven, are changed away
For where thou art or shalt be, there or here;
And this... this lute and song... loved yesterday,
(The singing angels know) are only dear,
Because thy name moves right in what they say."


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