The steamship that ended up as the Olympic Peninsula’s first automobile ferry earns the spotlight on the bottle of Dr. Brian Petersen’s decorated Malbec program, pulled from organically farmed Konnowac Vineyard and its 30-year-old vines at 1,100 feet above sea level. There’s a rich and deep purple theme to the outline of blackberry and blueberry that includes accents of black pepper, herbal notes of lavender and thyme. Joining in are hints of sweet baking spices such as cinnamon and clove. A splash of Merlot adds to the backbone that retains juiciness akin to a bite of Bing cherry.
Rating: Outstanding! Gold medal — 93 points
Production: 270 cases
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