Huston Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $29
Malbec is a minor grape in its native Bordeaux, but it’s becoming a star in the New World, and this is a delicious example made by Melanie Krause for the Alger family. It opens with aromas of boysenberry, green tea and cola, followed by flavors of Marionberry, pomegranate, white pepper and blueberry. It’s all backed by impressive acidity and sturdy tannins. This won best red wine and best of show at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition.
Production: 240 cases