Smasne Cellars 2012 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28

By on July 15, 2016

smasne-cellars-verhey-vineyard-malbec-2012-labelProsser winemaker Robert Smasne continues to do a delicious job both as an ambassador for Malbec and Dave Verhey’s 2001 planting of the lesser-known Bordeaux grape near Union Gap, Wash. This represents one of Smasne’s larger bottlings, and it opens with aromas of dusty blueberry, black cherry, light toast and cracked black peppercorns. The palate funnels in racy flavors of blackberry jam and pomegranate. Enjoyable fine-grained tannins, caramel and more pepper make for pleasing length.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 336 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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