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. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating 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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