Indian Creek Winery 2016 Reserve Monastrell, Snake River Valley, $28

By on October 21, 2018

The folks at Indian Creek Winery in Idaho’s Snake River Valley label their fascinating Mourvèdre with its Spanish name, Monastrell. Designated as “reserve,” its nose is full of snappy red fruit, rose petal, cracked pepper and eucalyptus. In the mouth, there’s more Bing cherry and enjoyable acidity of pomegranate, then smooth black olive tannins and smoked bacon. Pair this lively red first with a charcuterie plate, then your favorite pasta. This fall, it received a rare double gold medal, signifying a unanimous vote for gold among the judges, at the 2018 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. Two months prior, it earned a gold medal at the Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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