Malbec a delicious Pacific Northwest red

By on February 7, 2016

Mercer Estates 2012 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

mercer-estates-spice-cabinet-vineyard-malbec-2012-bottleTwo barrels of Malbec juice from one of Washington state’s most fascinating and promising young vineyards yields amazing results in the hands of Ste. Michelle product Jessica Munnell. The barrel program of 26 months casts aromas of caramel, mocha, blackberry, dark cherry, cola, black olive, rose petal and menthol. The fluid brings a spoonful of Marionberry pie and blueberry juice, which are framed by firm tannins and capped by blackberry, black pepper and vanilla extract.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 49 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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