Flying Trout Wines 2011 Cutthroat Blend, Columbia Valley, $35

By on June 17, 2015

Flying Trout-2011-Cutthroat BlendWhitman grad Ashley Trout plays off her name with this proprietary blend, and Malbec predictably forms the based at 58 percent. She uses acclaimed Malbec from Gamache Vineyard near Basin City north of Pasco, Wash., in addition to 30-year-old Windrow Vineyard in th Walla Walla Valley, and creates some minerality as well as a bit of savory earthiness with Syrah (42%) from Old Stones Vineyard in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. Her Argentina-influenced melange makes for aromas of Jolly Rancher Grape candy, Damson plum, tar and lime peel. Its structure takes a lighter, approachable and balanced style with Marionberry and blueberry flavors, supported by diminished tannins and finished by more plum and elderberry juiciness. It’s a not a big Malbec, but rather an easy one to drink all day on the deck.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 72 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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