Malbec a delicious Pacific Northwest red

By on February 7, 2016

Huston Vineyards 2013 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $29

Sunnyslope Wine District vintner Gregg Alger is bullish on the future of Malbec in Idaho’s Snake River Valley, and his collaboration on this lesser-known red Bordeaux variety with talented Boise winemaker Melanie Krause continues with award-winning results. The theme here is effusive and constant as plums, black currant, milk chocolate and black pepper make for a beautifully smooth structure, capped by delicious and food-friendly blueberry acidity. This earned a silver medal at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition, and the Algers increased production from the 2012 vintage so visitors to their Chicken Dinner Road tasting room shouldn’t leave disappointed for a while.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 365 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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