Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
At the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition in 2013, the 2010 vintage of Zerba’s Malbec earned best-in-show honors. It had a chance to repeat the feat when it won gold yet again, showing the prowess of Doug Nierman’s winemaking abilities. This offers everything that is good and great about Washington Malbec, including aromas of dark plum, black pepper and Aussie black licorice, followed by rich, superb flavors of black olive, ripe Bing cherry and dark plum. (14.2 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 240
Food pairing: Enjoy this with grilled or braised meats, smoked turkey, barbecued pork or French onion soup.
Zerba Cellars, 85530 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater, 541-938-9463, www.zerbacellars.com.