Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91

By on December 26, 2014

96. Waterbrook Winery 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $13

waterbrook-winery-malbec-labelBest Buy! Two of Precept Wine’s stalwart sites — Canyon Ranch Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and Doval Vineyard near the Saddle Mountains — pave the way for winemaker John Freeman to produce a stunning wine from a dream vintage with a buzzworthy variety and offered at an utterly remarkable price. The nose offers hints of a blackberry milkshake at Walla Walla’s Ice-Burg Drive-In, black cherry sauce, vanilla cream, pipe tobacco and braised beef. The drink delivers an explosion of black cherry, Marionberry, plum and raspberry flavors amid mild tannins, pomegranate acidity and a lingering finish of Craisins and Jolly Rancher grape candy.

Production: 1,900 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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