A fascinating Malbec, with 14% Syrah in the blend, that seems earthy, herbal and tannic at first, but then sweeps across the palate with deliciously sweet blackberry fruit. The berry flavors are pure and perfectly ripe, but not yet completely integrated with the earthier elements. Give this one some extra bottle age.
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.