By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.hestiacellars.com/
Winemaker Shannon Jones has quickly been running up the ranks in the heats and minds of wine-lovers here in the Northwest for a few years now and has started getting some interest outside the WA boards as well. There’s no question that Washington wine drinkers love local malbec and this is quite a popular one – in fact, it’s sold out.
- Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
- Varietals: 100% Malbec
- Vineyard: Andrews Ranch
- Aging: Aged 22 months in two year old French oak barrels.
- Production: 200 cases
- Price: $30
Nose: Peppered beef jerky, blackberry tart, black cherry cola, leather, bramble, dark chocolate and spice.
Taste: Good combination here of dark fruits, tannin and acid – however, the primary issues I’m having is the relativey short finish for a wine of this price point. It’s not that it’s too short per se, however, it’s simply not nearly long enough for me and frankly finishes a touch hot.