LIV Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery 2016 Malbec, Yakima Valley $26

By on March 24, 2019

Puget Sound producer Brent Charnley recently shifted his Malbec program to family-farmed Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, and it continues to pay off. Gorgeous color extraction and the grape’s signature Jolly Rancher grape candy nose is joined by boysenberry and baking spice from the year in 30% new French oak. Lovely dark fruitiness of blackberry, blueberry and plum are met on with a pleasing mouth feel of well-presented tannins and boysenberry acidity that comes with a touch of minerality. Charnley fires up the grill when he’s thinking about this juicy red.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 105 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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