Waterbrook Winery 2014 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $23

By on January 4, 2018

John Freeman and his team at this historic Walla Walla Valley brand produce Malbec under both tiers that are sold beyond the tasting room, and the combined production of approximately 10,000 cases shows how serious Waterbrook is about this Bordeaux grape. Freeman’s mid-October harvest from Canyon Vineyard Ranch (Yakima Valley), Blue Mountain (Walla Walla Valley) and Doval (Wahluke Slope) spent about 18 months in 26% new American oak. Those factors have this now offering aromas of Marionberry and pomegranate with spice, mint and earthiness. Its dense texture packs flavors of dark purple fruit joined by malted milk balls, taut tannins and lingering juiciness of elderberry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,481 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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