Silverdale, WA 13.3% alc. (Purchased on 7/13/14)
Clear medium ruby/garnet; a little paler than I expected from a Malbec, but it seems to have mysteriously darkened in the glass in a couple of hours time (must be some metaphysical thing). Rather aromatic in the nose, showing green olive and green peppercorn qualities as well as subtle raspberry nuance. In the mouth, there’s a fair amount of sweet tasting red berry/cherry fruit on the front of the palate and very nice acidity from beginning to end. To my taste, it’s more balanced than the red blends that I’ve reviewed from this producer. Shows medium tannins and a medium-length finish.
As Washington State Malbecs go, this is really pretty tasty and costs about five to six times less than most WA Malbecs. It’s not particularly complicated and hardly rich and full-bodied, but it should do quite well with simple beef and pork dishes (though I don’t recommend it with barbecue-sauced foods, as it was a bit too light for the somewhat sweet pulled pork and brisket that my wife and I had it with).