Washington Malbec grows up: 7 to try

By on February 23, 2014

Walla Walla Vintners 2009 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30

walla-walla-vintners-malbec-2009-labelA combination of small production, large fan base, hot variety and talented winemaking meant the red-roofed cabin in Walla Walla sold through this vintage lickety-split. The thumbprint of expensive barrel aging shows immediately with aromas of vanilla bean, crushed walnut, maple syrup and cinnamon bark are joined by hints of blackberry, Damson plum and Jolly Rancher grape candy. There’s a rich entry of more plums and boysenberry, backed with chocolaty tannins and blueberry acidity. Those who appreciate Walla Walla Vintners’ often-generous use of oak will fall hard for this.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%


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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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