I’ve never tasted nostalgia until I sipped on Al’s clear, clean, yet unfiltered and unrelentingly bright Sauvignon Blanc. Grown with the water from a deep well that sips from the basalt aquifer below Jump Off Ridge, which is the same water that fed a lake I grew up doing back-flips into, the unique minerality and bold fruitiness of his wine collection stands as some of the most delicious, concentrated, and unique wines I’ve tasted. The wine I want to drink is not only delicious by objective standards, but is like art–it pulls a feeling out from the depths of our emotional experience and connects us with something bigger. And Kathy and Al are zen masters at getting to the heart of feeling. Go do a tasting, if the 14 wine tasting doesn’t make you feel something, they certainly will.
With this one taste, I understood that our bias, our experience, and our love of nature and our families is what makes wine taste great. It can chemically look like the right wine, but if it can’t connect you to something greater, it is just tasty alcohol. Wine should connect us back to the people and places we love and help us grow new connections and community. Kathy and Al know that so well, from the insanely ornamental landscape of their winery (thanks to the green-thumbed-Kathy), to the rolling grape fields looking over Wenatchee, to the community of vagabonds that call Malaga Springs their local pub; every inch of land and milliliter of wine at Malaga Springs has authentic intention and care in it. Something I hope to taste and be a part of for a very long time.
My top three wines on his list now are: