Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2016 The Expedition Malbec Horse Heaven Hills, $15

By on March 24, 2018

Best Buy! The winemaking team at this downtown Walla Walla winery pulled from a pair of Precept-controlled sites — Alder Ridge and Canoe Ridge Vineyard — to offer one of the Northwest’s largest and most affordable offerings of Malbec. It spent nine months in French oak, a third of those barrels new, and it’s redolent of dark purple fruit akin to elderberry, blueberry and Marionberry with notes of violet and wintergreen. Plum-skin tannins and mouthwatering acidity make for an extended finish. Look for these wines at Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway grocers as well as smaller independent chains and liquor stores.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 2,236 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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