Wine Review: Stottle Winery 2011 Malbec - Horse Heaven Hills @stottlewinery


A Stylish Washington Malbec. 

Malbec is another of the varietals Washington winemakers have embraced. Strongly associated with fine wines from Argentina, Malbec is a red wine varietal originally from the Bordeaux region of France. Stottle Winery has crafted a truly stylish Washington Malbec. A fragrant food worthy wine. The smart label design adds to the impression of style. A wonderful wine for your next formal occasion.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Smoky Garnet.
Nose: Smoky, dark chocolate, candied cherry, black licorice, shell of hazelnut, blueberry, espresso, hint of juicy fresh sliced cherry tomato, elderberry.
Palate: Juicy, dark fruit, Medium-light mouth feel, black cherry, cola, mocha, super fine tannin on the gums, fresh medium finish with tingle across the tongue. Wine seeking food.

Day two: Blackberry, tobacco, hint of orange and tar, fine tannin, smooth, dry with bright notes on the medium finish. Finish lingered on the mid-palate with dried dark fruit. Not as aromatic as it was at opening. Deep flavors of coffee and cacao emerged with food. Enjoyed with grilled, marinated steaks, jalapeno pepper and garlic, ginger prawns. Wonderful dinner pairing. Brought out the best aspects of this Malbec.

Thoughts: Wonderfully fragrant wine on the first day. A large, open glass will showoff the aromas for your enjoyment. Day two it was a perfect companion with surf and turf. Recommended.

Blend: 100% Malbec
Vineyards: Elerding 6 Prong Vineyard
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
ABV: 14.3%
Closure: Natural cork
Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer
Production: 133 Cases
SRP: $33
Sample provided by the winery

Stottle Winery & Tasting Room
2641 Willamette Dr NE,  Suite C
Lacey, WA 98516

Spring/Summer Hours:  Wed – Sun : 12pm – 6pm
Fall/Winter Hours:  Wed - Sun : 12pm - 5pm
Open most Monday Holidays - Closed Easter Sunday

Stottle Winery was founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer. Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer 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. Where he completed their 2 year winemaking program. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology. Stottle Winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, Washington just off I-5 and north of the state capital, Olympia.

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