Vale Wine Co. 2010 Under 50 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $38

By on December 16, 2013

Vale_U50_2010_malbecJohn Danielson proves with this small lot of Malbec that the trendy Bordeaux variety made famous in Argentina can also thrive in the high-elevation region of Idaho’s Snake River Valley. These two barrels came from Arena Valley Vineyard near Parma, the estate site for Snake River Winery. A sniff brings in a fruit-forward nose of dark black cherry, boysenberry, huckleberry, strawberry Jolly Rancher candy and white pepper. Next comes a core of ripe huckleberry, blueberry and Marionberry flavors, backed with pomegranate acidity that continues to lift the fruit as the tannins and barrel influence stay in the background. The U-50 are Vale club wines with sales limited to the Hat Ranch Winery tasting room on the Sunnyslope Trail.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 48 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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