Kana does a bit better with this concentrated Malbec which shows very tart blackberry, licorice and roasted espresso flavors. There's plenty of acid to balance out the big fruit and alcohol, and the tannins have been well managed. This appears to be a wine that could well improve with up to five years of cellaring. Right now it's very tight.
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.