Marvelous Northwest Malbecs

By on September 28, 2014
Malbec ripens at Northridge, a vineyard owned by Milbrandt on the Wahluke Slope of Washington state.

Malbec ripens at Northridge Vineyard on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

It once was a trivia question (“Name a minor red Bordeaux grape?”) until Argentina’s Mendoza region made it famous.

Now Malbec is beginning to take a starring role in the Pacific Northwest – particularly Washington. A Wine Press Northwest judging in 2012 drew a remarkable 89 entries, while a Great Northwest Wine blind tasting showed top Washington examples keep up with the high end of Argentina.

And just last week, a Malbec from the Snake River Valley won the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.

Even though just a small amount is planted in the Pacific Northwest, Malbec is becoming a big deal.

Here are a dozen examples we’ve tried recently.

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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