2012 Was a classic Eastern Washington growing season. Summer was warm with no prolonged, excessive heat events. Late summer and early autumn brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October. The warm temperatures were optimal for growing Malbec.
LOCATION: 240-acres, northwest of Mattawa in Grant County. Wahluke Slope AVA.
TERROIR: South-sloping vineyard at 1250 elevation with an overall elevation gain of over 300 feet. Bound by the Columbia River and the Saddle Mountains, this wine-growing region is known as the Wahluke Slope.
Soils are sandy loam, predominately the Scoon series, which consists of very shallow, well-drained soils on terraces and alluvial fans. The underlying sediments and glacial outwash were deposited 13,000-20,000 years ago by the catastrophic floods of glacial melt water (reaching 1450 feet) from the Glacial Lake Missoula.
The average annual rainfall is 7.5 inches, which is at the low end of the range for eastern Washington. This site sees, on average 200 or more frost-free growing days making it one of the longest growing seasons in Washington State. Winds are predominantly from the West and Southwest, and average 8 -12 mph in late summer afternoon.
This micro-lot of just 125 cases allows us to showcase the very specific characteristics of Malbec from StoneTree Vineyard in Eastern Washington's warm Wahluke Slope AVA.
Inky, concentrated purple color. Full mouthfeel, rich intense body and all-encompassing yet balanced tannins.
NOSE: blackberry and raspberry jam, anise, and black pepper
MOUTH: concentrated black fruits, dark chocolate, spice, tart currant, smoky leather, oak, and hints of violet
PAIRING: grilled rib-eye with chimichurri