Indian Creek Winery 2018 Malbec, Snake River Valley $25

By on June 27, 2021

Much of the enchanting artwork that adorns the bottles of Indian Creek originates with second-generation vintner Tammy Stowe-McClure. Among the outliers is The Mountain Benefit Series, a showcase for Boise artist Rachel Teannalach, and the stage is Mike McClure’s marvelous Malbec from the 2018 vintage. His six-barrel production is split into 25-case lots of the same wine that feature six landscapes from Teannalach’s portfolio, and part of the proceeds go to support various outdoor nonprofits in Idaho. Sipping on a glass of this charmer is a bonus on your quest to do good. Lovely aromas of raspberry jam and gravel meld with the juicy red cherry on the palate. The full-bodied wine ends with a bit of dark cocoa — and who doesn’t like chocolate? That helps explain why the McClures earned a gold medal and the honor of Best Malbec at the 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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