One of the most charming fundraising stories in the Idaho wine industry is Indian Creek Winery’s relationship with the Idaho Humane Society. Each year, the Stowe and McClure families allow the label space for their Malbec to be auctioned off at the Humane Society’s annual Lawn Party Fundraiser, and the top bidder wins the right to have a photo of their top dog to grace the bottle. This time, it is a schnauzer named Isabelle, and Mike McClure sources from Arena Valley and Sawtooth vineyards for the juice. A sniff brings a fruit-forward profile of huckleberry, Saskatoon berry, plum and blueberry. That puts you on the trail of more plum, huckleberry and blueberry as elegant acidity lifts the fruit, which is finished with a pinch of black pepper.
Production: 150 cases