Appellation: Yakima Valley
This small winery near Tacoma, Wash., is crafting tiny amounts of delicious wines, and this Malbec from the Yakima Valley is one of its finest efforts to date. This opens with aromas of ripe boysenberry syrup, roasted marshmallow, black pepper and raspberry reduction sauce. On the palate, it offers flavors of rich blueberry, huckleberry and vanilla. It's an explosive wine that is drinking beautifully. This won a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. (14.2 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 88
Food pairings: Try this rich red with steak fajitas, barbecued pork ribs or venison.
Stina's Cellars, 9316 Lakeview Ave. S.W., Lakewood, 253-227-9748, www.stinascellars.com.