Ten acres of Malbec was planted at Gamache in 2003; this is the first vintage to be released. It's off to a promising start, although the fruit thins out quickly. There are nicely managed tannins, earthy and herbal, tasting of green tea and displaying lovely aromatics. Scents of rose petals mingle with black tea, and in the mouth it is balanced and complex, with sweet blueberry and candy apple fruit, lightly dusted with cinnamon spice.
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.