Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
The Andrews family planted Coyote Canyon Vineyard in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills in the mid-1990s, and Mike Andrews runs the 1,100-acre operation that provides grapes to some of the state's top wineries. He launched the winery with the 2004 harvest, and it has proven to be a superb showcase for his world-class grapes, winning five Platinums in the past four years. This Malbec is a gorgeous example of Washington's potential, with aromas of lilacs, lavender and violets, followed by seductive flavors of Marionberries, ripe plums and Jolly Rancher grape candy. The tannins are soft and round and are backed with ample acidity. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (14.3 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 51.
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Food matches: Pair with a hearty vegetable stew or grilled steaks.
Coyote Canyon Winery, 357 Port Ave., Ste. A, Prosser,