2008 aMaurice Cellars Malbec

Hello friends. Our recent aMaurice offerings have focused on Anna Schafer’s Bordeaux blends, but today we return to her true specialty: Malbec.

After several vintages working Malbec harvests in Argentina with Paul Hobbs of Vina Cobos, Anna released her first vintage of Washington Malbec (2005). That wine inspired Stephen Tanzer to declare it “certainly one of the finest malbecs I’ve tasted to date from North America.” High praise indeed, from a critic not prone to high praise. Since then, Anna’s Malbecs have only continued to improve, and this 08 is the strongest yet:

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($35); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

[Note: no Washington Malbec has ever received a stronger review from PaulG].

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($35); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19/20pts.”

While it doesn’t say so on the label, this is single-vineyard, coming entirely from Gamache. It combines wild mountain fruit (huckleberries, marionberries) with Malbec’s lovely, ferrous-tinged minerality, all swaddled in chocolaty barrel notes (40% new French). When I think good Washington Malbec, I think blue fruit and iron, and that’s what we get here. It’s a palate-stainer, super-intense and well-balanced, seamless across the attack, mid-palate, and lingering finish.

First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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