Best Buy! Plantings in Horse Heaven Hills helped show the promise of Malbec in Washington state, and this vintage marked New Zealand native Haydn Mouat’s return to the Precept team – this time as head winemaker of Canoe Ridge Vineyard. Classic blue fruit notes start with the aromas that include cinnamon, sandalwood and allspice. There’s a rich reward on the smooth palate that’s focused on blueberry and Bing cherry, making for a long and juicy finish joined by a savory slice of green olive and cocoa. And the price is remarkable, particularly for a wine from a Walla Walla brand.
Rating: Outstanding! – 91 points
Production: 1,314 cases