Old Westminster Winery & Vineyard 2014 South Mountain Malbec
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
Oak Program: 18 months in varied-age French oak
Production: 88 cases