Beast Phinny Hill Vinyard Malbec, 2007
Buty Winery, in Walla Walla, has been producing lovely wines for the past 10 years. Winemaker Caleb Foster sources grapes from the Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills. The Phinny Hill Malbec, from Horse Heaven Hills, is an interesting display of how Malbec can taste from the Northwest. This wine has a dark red color that is nearly opaque. There is a very aromatic nose with sweet cherry, violets and some toasted marshmallow. Rich ripe fruit like blackberry and cassis gives this wine a jammy character and abundant smooth tannins add a velvet cloak. This is a medium bodied wine with some toasty oak and gentle acidity that add to a substantial finish. This wine reminded me of a Sonoma Zinfandel and shows that Washington State Malbec can make lovely wine. Only 44 cases produced.