Old Westminster Winery & Vineyard 2014 South Mountain Malbec

92 points

The surprise of a recent tasting and truly one of the best North American Malbecs I've ever tasted. It is intensely aromatic with layers of dark fruits, violets, bitter dark chocolate and peppery smoked meat -- aromas that step forward and back over the course of an evening.

Mouth-filling on the palate with ripe, densely packed fruit that ranges from black cherry to raspberry to blackberries, it also shows savory notes of licorice, black pepper and herbs. With tannins are still quite young and gritty, and a nice bit of acidity, this wine should improve with another year or five in the cellar.

Producer: Old Westminster Winery & Vineyard
AVA: Maryland
ABV: 13.3%
Oak Program: 18 months in varied-age French oak
Production: 88 cases
Price: $35

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for Hamptons.com and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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