Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Estate Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $24

By on March 23, 2016

ginkgo-forest-winery-malbec-2012-labelA number of Washington state’s largest wineries and vineyards have been established on the Wahluke Slope. Mike Thiede ranks among the smallest, yet he uses on his own vineyard to produce small lots of delicious wines he offers both as his tasting rooms in Mattawa and in Tacoma. The decade’s most balanced vintage to date allowed him to grow and craft this delicious Malbec, which offers aromas of plump Bing cherry, chocolate-covered pomegranate, dark toast, black licorice and pepper. There’s gorgeous, mouth-coating dark fruit on the entry as the silky structure leads to slightly chalky yet enjoyable tannins. There’s piercing purity of fruit on the finish, which offers a drip of cherry bitters, too. This earned a gold medal at the Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 15.1%

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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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