Washington Malbec growth continues

By on January 22, 2018

Waterbrook Winery 2014 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $23

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%

Winery website

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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