This rare release of a single-vineyard Malbec from Pepper Bridge grapes is a classy, evocative, beautifully realized effort. It begins with violets and raspberries, on the nose and in the mouth, and moves into more full-bodied plum and cherry fruit, surrounded with thick milk chocolate. Some of the particular character of the grapes is sacrificed—this could be Merlot, or Cab Franc, or a blend of all three—but it tastes so good that it really doesn't matter.
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.