Pluck a tart berry off a Puget Sound hillside and you'll get this sort of flavor. Not quite fully ripe, but complex and earthy, with peppery spice. For a Malbec it works, bringing a sharpness and focus to the wine. This could almost pass for a Loire valley red, but for the deep fruitiness. At 12.8% alcohol, it's quite impressive.
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.