Washington Malbec grows up: 7 to try

By on February 23, 2014

Northwest Cellars 2011 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28

northwest-cellars-verhey-vineyard-malbec-2011One of Washington state’s up-and-coming sites is Verhey Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, and Malbec is a variety that’s a rising star, too. This release offers aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, black pepper, Jolly Rancher grape candy and the herbal hint of horehound. What’s presented on the palate is a rich entry of jammy blackberry and black cherry with a burst of acidity. A late push of bittersweet chocolate tannins, black olive pit and minerality make for a nice ride.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 122 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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