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2009 Hestia Cellars Malbec – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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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.

Technical Data: 

  • 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.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%