Malbec 2014


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  • Vineyard:
    95% Verhey Vineyard (Ratttlesnake Hills AVA)
    4% Roosevelt Vineyard (Columbia Valley AVA)
    1% Phinny Hill Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills AVA)
  • Blend:
    95% Malbec
    4% Petite Sirah
    1% Carmenere
  • Alcohol:
  • Rich tannins with opulent aromas of blackberry, cumin, & roasted almonds.


    2014 – Rated “Outstanding!” (highest rating) – “Verhey Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley is proving to be among the best sources for Malbec in the Northwest. This winery owned by Karl and Coco Umiker in Lewiston, Idaho, has established a reputation for top Malbec, and this one is no exception with its aromas of vanilla, pleasing integration of oak spices, plum and blueberry, and nice acidity that leads a long finish.” –Wine Press Northwest

    2014 – Rated “Outstanding!” (highest rating) – “One of the rising stars in the Northwest wine industry is Coco Umiker, a young woman running this winery in Lewiston, Idaho, with her husband, Karl. Together, the two have not only helped to revitalize the wine industry in the Lewiston-Clarkston area of Idaho and Washington, but they also were two of the driving forces behind the Lewis-Clark Valley, which is the Northwest’s newest American Viticultural Area. The grapes for this superb Malbec came from Verhey Vineyard, a top site in the western Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Hills that has produced grapes for other award-winning wines around the Northwest. What an enjoyable Malbec, principally for its unusually sunny fruit, its herbal layering, its sense of place, its prickly spice and its exceptional length. This won best of class at the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2014 – 18.5/20 points. “From a vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, this Malbec (95%, with 4% Petite Sirah and 1% Carmenere) offers a deep crimson-ruby color and enticing aromas of wild fruits – blackberries, blueberries, black currants – with scents of black roses, mulberry, pipe tobacco and smoldering incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with thick black and blue fruits that are imbued with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, Sumatra roast and alluvial minerals. The saturation continues on the back with sensations of macerated berries, roasted chestnuts, crème de cassis and graphite, all leading into a savory ripe tannin finish”. –Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington Wines

    2013 – Rated “Excellent” – “The Umikers quickly embraced the Verhey family’s two plantings, and their vineyard in Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Vally has become the go-to site for Wine Press Northwest Magazine’s reigning Idaho Winery of the Year. Aromas include hints of lavender, black pepper and anise among blackberry, blueberry and red plum. Inside, it’s an easy approach of ripe purple fruit akin to Marionberry, black currant and elderberry that’s framed by sandy tannins and a long pulse of blueberry acidity.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2012 – Rated “Outstanding!” – “This underrated vineyard in Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills has earned a soft spot in the hearts of the Umikers, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their winery in Lewiston, Idaho. They poured this in new American oak (30%) for 17 months, which offers aromas of cinnamon, black cherry, black raspberry, black pepper and crushed herbs. What awaits is a big and thick reward of plum and blackberry, backed by fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. Their wines are available in restaurants and wine shops throughout the Inland Empire, but they also ship direct along the West Coast.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2014 – Platinum, Annual Wine Press NW Platinum Judging
    2014 – Gold/Best Malbec, Great Northwest Wine Invitational Competition
    2014 – “Outstanding!”, Great Northwest Wine
    2014 – Silver, Idaho Wine Competition
    2014 – 18.5/20 points, Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington Wines
    2014 – Silver, Cascadia Wine Competition
    2013 – 18.5+/20 points, Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington Wines
    2013 – Silver, San Francisco Chronicle
    2013 – Silver, Idaho Wine Competition
    2013 – “Excellent”, Great Northwest Wines
    2012 – “Outstanding!”, Great Northwest Wines
    2011 – Silver, San Francisco Chronicle
    2010 – 89 points, Wine Spectator
    2010 – Silver, Great Northwest Wine Competition