The 2000 was a stunningly good Malbec; this is just a notch lighter. Mountain-grown fruit flavors dominate: plum, berry and spice on the palate, with plenty of lip-smacking acids in the back end. What's missing is the weight of deep, dense fruit, but 2001 was a lighter vintage.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.