Fujishin Family Cellars 2015 Reserve Viognier, Snake River Valley, $17

Snake River Valley native Martin Fujishin continues to show his commitment to the Sunnyslope Wine District with his latest version of Viognier, a reserve project with longtime grower Ron Bitner. It’s a charming and hedonistic expression of Viognier as its three months in new French oak barrels create a theme…

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Vine 46 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $32

Lewiston, Idaho, natives Jeff Ebel and Mike Yates rely on grapes from Rosebud Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, one of Washington’s oldest vineyards, for most of their production — and especially this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of sweet, dusty herbs, plum and late-summer blackberry give way to flavors of ripe…

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Cinder Wines 2015 Off-dry Riesling, Snake River Valley, $18

Another lauded graduate of the University of Ste. Michelle – Melanie Krause – only recently began producing a Riesling under her own brand in her home state of Idaho. She worked with a handful of Snake River Valley growers – Sawtooth, Skyline, Symms, Trusdell and Williamson – for one of…

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Split Rail Winery 2014 Barbera, Snake River Valley, $35

Engineer-turned-winemaker Jed Glavin is helping to grow the audience for Idaho wines with the work at his Split Rail Winery in the Boise suburb of Garden City. He pulled the fruit for this Barbera from Arena Valley Vineyard near Parma, and the results are impressive. The theme centers on expressive…

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Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Turas Red Wine, Snake River Valley, $32

One of the Idaho wine industry’s rising stars relies on Syrah grown in the Snake River Valley for its flagship wine, a blend that includes Merlot (19%), Malbec (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%). The 20 months in French barrels creates aromas of roasted coffee beans and Weetabix with grilled strawberries…

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Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Vineyard Select Skyline Red, Snake River Valley, $12

Best Buy! Idaho-grown winemaker Meredith Smith earned the promotion to associate winemaker for Sawtooth during this 2013 vintage, and her meticulous approach to blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Malbec shows with this delicious and affordable blend from Precept’s own Skyline Vineyard. Two years of 30% new French…

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Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Umiker Vineyard Estate Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley, $28

The pride and joy of Karl and Coco Umiker’s program is their vineyard within the Lewiston (Idaho) Orchards. It’s a 6.5-acre planting in the historic Lewis-Clark Valley, and they established it at 1,350 feet elevation in 2003 on their family’s century farm. The Umikers rely on American oak for much…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Washington, $15

Best Buy! As the wheat-growing McIntosh brothers plant vines in the newly established Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area, they continue to rely on Washington for the large majority of their winery production. This affordable Riesling, made with grapes from O’Brien Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, gave winemaking Art McIntosh a…

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Sawtooth Winery 2015 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $25

Rising star Meredith Smith recently was promoted to become head winemaker at Sawtooth’s big sister – Ste. Chapelle. The hope is that she will continue to produce wines of sophistication such as this Provence-style rosé for Sawtooth despite the additional responsibilities that come with taking over Idaho’s flagship property. Her…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Washington, $18

Lewis-Clark Valley winemaker Art McIntosh sent this Chardonnay from the Columbia Valley through new French oak for six weeks just prior to filtering. It offers aromas of dried pear, caramel, maple nut, vanilla and orchard blossoms that give way to pleasing flavors of Ambrosia apple, Bartlett pear and pineapple. Touches…

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