This is a fine example of where Washington's best Malbecs are heading. Though labeled Columbia Valley, it's got a fair amount of Walla Walla fruit in it, notably a 5% component of Spofford Station Syrah. Sharp-edged, tight and spicy, this just hints at earth and seaweed, and has not yet shed its baby fat.
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.