Marvelous Northwest Malbecs

By on September 28, 2014

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Washington, $28

clearwater-canyon-cellars-verhey-vineyard-malbec-2012-labelThis underrated vineyard in Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills has earned a soft spot in the hearts of the Umikers, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their winery in Lewiston, Idaho. They poured this in new American oak (30%) for 17 months, which offers aromas of cinnamon, black cherry, black raspberry, black pepper and crushed herbs. What awaits is a big and thick reward of plum and blackberry, backed by fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. Their wines are available in restaurants and wine shops throughout the Inland Empire, but they also ship direct along the West Coast.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 86 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

Winery website

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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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