Smasne Cellars 2012 Three Vineyard Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $44

By on August 14, 2016

smasne-cellars-three-vineyard-reserve-malbec-2012-labelAmong the vineyards Robert Smasne pulls from for his acclaimed work with Malbec are Phinny Hill (Horse Heaven Hills), Upland (Snipes Mountain) and Verhey (Yakima Valley), and this lot – the equivalent of two barrels – ranks with his best efforts. Inviting aromas of black plum and black currant also offer up black pepper, tar and minerality. There’s great density to the mouthfeel of Damson plum and black cherry flavors, framed by huckleberry juice and dark chocolate tannins, beautifully managed tannins and a stunning finish of blackberry and Italian roast coffee.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 49 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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