Upland Vineyards, the largest planting on the new Snipes Mountain AVA, provided the grapes for this dark, dense, smoky/inky Malbec. Fruit flavors are pinpoint wild berry and cassis, but what really anchors the wine are the darkly flavorful tannins, a mix of bitter chocolate, smoky espresso, and coffee grounds. This is not a wine that tries to seduce you; it's for serious steak eaters.
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.