Coyote Canyon Winery
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2012 GW Smith Malbec Reserve



Tasting Notes

Think black cherries coated with oak dusting as you smell this wine. After a few minutes the wine begins to open up and the fruit becomes stronger while some interesting leather notes come around. The flavor starts out big and bold but rounds into a medium bodied wine with lots of texture. The tannins are subtle and add complexity to the wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Malbec has always been one of my favorite wines to make, the unique color and flavors always seem to stand out. The 2012 vintage was a little cooler and I think that makes this vintage a little leaner than some years but still rich and unique. A little Syrah was added to the blend to smooth it out some but Malbec is definitely the star here. 

  • Blend Composition: 98% Malbec, 2% Syrah
  • Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
  • Cases Produced: 144

Vineyard Notes

  • Vineyard Source:  Coyote Canyon Vineyard
  • AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
  • Winemaker: Justin Michaud


Gold - 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
Gold - 2015 NW Wine Summit Wine Competition
Silver - 2015 Seattle Wine Awards

2012 GW Smith Malbec wine tasting with winemaker, Justin Michaud