This is a lovely bottle, sourced from the eastern Yakima Valley. It's a classic Washington take on Malbec, 100% varietal, with bright and crisp flavors of tart berry, hints of baking spice, plenty of acid but a pleasing softness to the tannins. The lightly leafy, herbal character of the grape shines through, making this a consummate food wine, finished at a pleasing 13.4% alcohol.
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.