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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Strange Folk Wines NV La Bohéme White Wine, Snake River Valley, $12

Boise winemaker Jed Glavin, whose primary label is Split Rail Winery, shows his nonconformist side with the wine-in-a-can Strange Folk Wines program. The source of this 100 percent Riesling from the 2014 vintage is Skyline Vineyard, Idaho’s largest site, and he presents it with 2% residual sugar. Aromatically, it hints…

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah, Washington, $35

Lewis-Clark Valley winemaker Art McIntosh pulls Petite Sirah from two vineyards in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills vineyards – Destiny Ridge and Zephyr Ridge – while getting a small contribution from his family’s own planting among the fields outside of Lewiston, Idaho. There’s a nice blend of fruit and barrel with…

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Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Turas, Snake River Valley, $32

Idaho’s Snake River Valley has a proven track record for producing fine Syrah grapes, which form the foundation for Telaya’s 2013 Turas, a blends of Syrah (55%), Petit Verdot (27%) and Malbec. A Syrah-based blend was the first wine for the Garden City winery and has become its flagship blend.…

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Colter’s Creek Winery 2013 Arrow Rim Red, Idaho, $25

Colter’s Creek Arrow Rim Red, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre once again shows Idaho can star in producing Rhône blends. The Julietta, Idaho, winery labeled it Idaho red wine because when it was made that was the only recognized AVA for its vineyard location above the rimrocks at…

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Ste. Chapelle 2013 Panoramic Idaho Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Sawtooth Vineyard – the breadbasket for the Snake River Valley wine industry – serves as the source for this special Syrah released under Idaho’s oldest brand. Perfumy oak, elderberry, Marionberry, blueberry and tar aromas are delivered on the palate with great weight and balance to the juicy acidity and blueberry…

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Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $30

Sawtooth Vineyard – the breadbasket for the Idaho wine industry – has been the traditional source for the Sullivans’ Rhône program from the Gem State. (They also make wines from Washington’s Columbia Valley). This is a delicious, food-friendly example of a cool-climate Syrah, opening with aromas of Marionberry, red currant,…

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Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Boushey Vineyards Sruth Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $27

Earl Sullivan and Telaya — Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2016 Idaho Winery of the Year – work with famed Washington grower Dick Boushey for this Boise winery’s most readily approachable red wine to date, a blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (40%) and Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 22 months in…

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