Tenor Malbec is true both to the brand and the grape. Like all Tenor wines, it is richly textured, fruit forward, and unabashedly opulent. But true to the varietal, it is fresh, beautifully perfumed and supremely silky. It’s a complete Malbec in that both the nose and mouthfeel are intense and fully developed, paying humble tribute to some of the famed Malbec’s to come out of northern Argentina. If you love Malbec, you’ll love the way Tenor Malbec accentuates the notes that define this varietal, and even if you don’t drink a lot of Malbec, we think you’ll be surprised and delighted to see that such a beautifully aromatic wine can still have so much palate presence, texture and intensity. Some of the same growing conditions that make Argentine Malbec so prized also contribute to the varietal’s tremendous success in Washington. We have dramatic swings between warm day and cool nights, as well as the higher altitudes that promote concentration and texture. The intense perfume and color make it a great complement to other grapes, but when producing a 100% single varietal, it’s essential to balance that with the more concentrated fruit and textured mouthfeel. Tenor Malbec is characterized by racy freshness, and one of the most flamboyant aromatic profiles in the Tenor portfolio. Expect captivating notes of floral perfume and fresh raspberry and blackberry—straight off the vine, and acidity you can almost smell. Round that out with remarkably silky tannins, light sweetness and great length, and you end up with some of the richer, most opulent vintages Tenor has produced. It’s plush mouthfeel and incredible freshness make it a great early drinking wine, but it also ages exceptionally well, keeping its youthful form through 8, 10, even 12 years.
Hibiscus tea, blackberry and white tea dominate this floral beauty. Spring flowers, juicy black fruit and spice come up with air while the palate is round, fresh and light on its feet. Blackberries, tea and spice flow seamlessly with superfine tannins all through the finish.
Awards & Accolades
"The inky purple (Malbec rarely lacks for color in Washington) 2013 Malbec gives up lots of liquid blackberry, blueberry, sappy green herbs and crushed rock in its medium to full-bodied, polished, thrillingly pure profile. I love its tannin quality and it will cruise for a decade in the cellar. This is a first-rate Malbec."
-93 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"Fresh and inviting, a distinct wet stone note weaving through the cherry and tobacco flavors, lingering with some zip from acidity. Drink now through 2019. 146 cases made."
-90 points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
"Bright medium ruby. Pungently aromatic scents of dark fruits, resiny herbs and hibiscus flower, along with plenty of new oak. Intense, slightly herbal dark fruit flavors are exuberant but not particularly expansive today. This firmly tannic wine is a bit dominated by its structure in the early going but will merit a 90-point rating if time in bottle brings more pliability."
-89 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous