Appellation: Red Mountain
Charlie Wine Boss Hoppes has produced a Malbec that has it all; fruity, earthy, savory, spicy and bright. And its grown not far from his flagship Red Mountain tasting room, harvested from the Williams familys Kiona Heart of the Hill Vineyard as well as Scooteney Flats Vineyard and The Canyons Vineyard. Dark cherry, raisin, fig and blackberry lead the fruit-forward theme, flanked by aromas that offer a sense of fresh-turned earth as well as a dry sidewalk when rain begins to fall. Along the way, sweet spicy notes of cardamom and clove are working in the background, supported by restrained tannins that allow the varietys characteristics to shine through. Theres a pinch of Red Mountain sagebrush, too. Its dusky approach has prompted the Fidelitas team to refer to this Malbec as its spookiest wine, and it ranks among the regions top examples of Malbec, earning a gold medal this month at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in Oregon's historic Columbia Gorge Hotel.
Rating: Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine (14.8% alc.)
Production: 552 cases
Food pairings: Enjoy with pasta in a meat sauce, chilli con carne, stuffed cabbage, Creole, sausages, flank steak and pork ribs.
Hoppes operates tasting rooms on both sides of the state.
Fidelitas - 51810 N. Sunset Road, Benton City, WA, 99320, (509) 588-3469
Fidelitas - 14467 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, (425) 558-9001