Cinder Wines 2010 Cab-Merlot, Snake River Valley, $27

By on May 9, 2013

Idaho wineWinemaker Melanie Krause crafted this superb using grapes from Sawtooth Vineyard, then aged it for 21 months in French and Hungarian oak. It’s mostly Cabernet Sauvignon at 80% but also includes Merlot and a touch of Malbec. The resulting wine is stunning, with aromas of crushed leaf, red currant, dried cherry and cocoa powder, followed by flavors of Marionberry jam, juicy cherry, lime zest and a hint of cranberry. It shows bright acidity – no surprise for the Snake River Valley’s high-elevation vineyards – and elegant tannins.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%


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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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