Gordon Estate 2016 Rosé of Malbec, Columbia Valley, $18

By on June 24, 2017

The Gordon family proudly operates Washington state’s oldest winery that’s dedicated to estate fruit, and their stellar farming to produce rosé from Malbec began in earnest with the Sept. 2 harvest. While it’s not uncommon to see Bordeaux grapes used for rosé, Cabernet Franc can be herbal. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot can be darker and richer, but Hillary Sjolund of Wine Boss shows finesse with Malbec from Kamiak Vineyard overlooking the Snake River. The light orange color comes with a nose of pineapple, canteloupe, dried papaya and tangerine. There’s no disappointment on the palate, which picks up hints of orange sherbet, cherry skin tannins and tangerine acidity. Enjoy with Lime Garlic Shrimp, a summer salad or a Club sandwich at the Gordon Estate Wine Bar in Pasco.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 236 cases

Alcohol: 11.8%

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