Well it's Sunday evening and I feel like I got a lot accomplished today. I did a bit of spring cleaning, planted some herbs in my herb garden, and embarked on something completely new for dinner, but more on that later. So tonight I've opened a bottle of 2012 Reininger Walla Walla Malbec which I just received in a wine clubs shipment a few weeks ago. This particular wine is 100% Malbec from the Pepper Bridge Vineyard in Walla Walla, and a limited production of just 171 cases.
The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of garnet at the edges. The nose presents some lovely blackberry notes, dark cherry, leather and a hint of eucalyptus. The taste is at first crisp and refreshing with a rush of ripe black fruit that transition nicely to some earthy notes of mossy oak and white pepper midpalate. The tannins are evident but not overpowering, leading to a finish that is more smooth than bracingly dry, but still quite long and delicious.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8 with plenty of room to grow in the cellar (I can't wait to try my next bottle in a few more years). It's also a great wine to pair with a variety of rustic foods, which brings me to my dinner tonight. Yesterday I was at my local market and they had fresh Morel mushrooms as they are now in season, so I couldn't resist and bought some. After looking at a number of recipes, I decided to go with some linguine with a Morel mushroom cream sauce with fresh asparagus, a perfect dinner chock full of spring delicacies. The fruit of this wine was a nice foil to the earthiness of the mushrooms, which in turn reinforced the earthy characteristics in the wine. That was a delicious evening for all! Cheers!