A dozen Washington Malbecs to drink now

By on August 4, 2013
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William Church Winery 2010 Gamache Vineyards Malbec, Columbia Valley, $34

192328_01_221540Malbec, a grape from Bordeaux that has become famous in recent years in Argentina, is a strong candidate for Washington’s next big thing. This is a great example of what the state can produce, using grapes from Gamache Vineyards near the town of Basin City. It opens with aromas of dark plum, blackberry, watermelon, strawberry and mint, followed by rich, dark, spicy flavors of mineral, black cherry and pomegranate. It’s packed with bright acidity and sturdy tannins, which provide ample structure for this fruit-driven red wine.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 168 cases

Alcohol: 15%


About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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