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Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Malbec

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 1, 2010

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Malbec

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Malbec

Founded in 2000, Tsillan Cellars is a relative newcomer by American wine standards, but was one of the first players to produce fine wines in Washington State's Chelan Valley. The winery is named after a 19th century explorer who dubbed the lake from which the region gets its name Tsillan (pronounced Chelan). Tsillan produces many of the varietals for which Washington is known, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah. Made from 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, the 2007 Estate Malbec has lush, plummy aromas with hints of vanilla and anise. On the tongue, its fruit flavors are bright and tart with cherries, cranberries and currants. There's a little something lacking at the front of the palate, but the wine comes on strong at the end with a long, spicy finish. A nice wine for the price, we appreciate its restraint (this would be a very smart choice for serving with a meal), but we were hoping for a little more wow. Try it with winter stews, grilled steaks, seared venison or boar. The wine will also make an interesting partner for oily fish like a baked salmon with a tart-sweet cherry sauce. It would even work well with traditional pork chops and spiced applesauce.

Rating: 13.5/20

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