Best Buy! Idaho’s aptly named Arena Valley Vineyard has helped display the potential of the Snake River Valley, and 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of grower/winemaker Scott DeSeelhorst’s brand. His work from the 75-acre site at 2,300 feet, first planted in 1983, yielded the only “Best Buy!” of our tasting. It’s a bright, focused and balanced Malbec loaded with blueberries, Bing cherries, plum and hibiscus tea. There’s an added whiff of caramel corn that leads to a graceful structure with dusty tannins and food-friendly acidity. Enjoy with lamb, pork and stuffed peppers.
Rating: Outstanding! Gold medal — 91 points
Production: 240 cases
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