Flying Trout Wines 2013 Windrow Vineyard Block Two Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $36

By on July 17, 2017

Block 2 is among the youngest plantings within the oldest commercial vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, and Ashley Trout produced a stunning Malbec for the TERO Estates tandem of Mike Tembruell and Doug Roskelley. This vintage signals a move away by Trout from the older Mary’s Block, but there’s still the sense of The Rocks influence in the hint of funk and minerality among the theme of blackberry, black licorice and chocolate. The grape’s inherent acidity lifts those berry and cherry flavors, while the tug of tannin merely provides some framework for the finish of black currant and bramble. This earned a gold medal at the 2017 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, the fifth annual scholarship fundraiser for College Cellars.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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