Robert Smasne’s wines have garnered a lot of good press over the past couple of years – he has a good knack for sourcing quality fruit and not dinking with it too much. This is great for folks like me who have a profound appreciation for wines that stay relatively true to the terroir.
Malbec has exploded in the world of wine in that time as well and for food reason. It’s very fruity, has really nice flavors and generally goes great with food as well – especially meat dishes.
- Varietal – 100% Malbec
- Vineyard – Phinny Hill
- Appellation – Horse Heaven Hills
- Aged 28 months in 100% French Oak
- Price: $35
Nose: Black cherries, blackberry pie filling, pepper, spice and a splash of clove and black licorice.
Taste: Deep black fruits that come thining thru with a hint of peppered venison jerky. Good mouthfeel, tannin structure and overall finish make this an easy malbec to keep going back to.
Conclusion: I’ve had equal quality from Argentina Malbecs for $20 – so for me, it’s kind of a tough sale at $35. Having said that, I understand why it’s priced the way it is – it’s from small production and the cost of fruit is more up here in WA as well. If you want a quality WA malbec and like supporting the “home-team” then give this one a whirl.
W.E.P. Rating: 85%
On the web: http://www.smasnecellars.com