Appellation: Yakima Valley
Marcus Miller leads the winemaking at this family operation in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser. He has been making superb wines for the past few years, so seeing his Malbec rise near the top of the list should come as no surprise. This is a delicious red with aromas of minerality on the nose, along with notes of red and black fruit and orange zest. On the palate, it reveals flavors of dark cherries, blueberries, blackberries and dark chocolate, with a hint of black tea on the finish. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (14.63 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 376.
Food matches: Pair with osso buco, carne asada or barbecue wings.
Airfield Estates, 560 Merlot Drive, Prosser, 509-786-7401, www.airfieldwines.com.