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Ste. Chapelle 2011 Treasure Valley Reserves Syrah, Snake River Valley, $20
A career path that began in the Ste. Chapelle lab back in 1987 led to Maurine Johnson’s promotion to head winemaker of Idaho’s largest winery in 2011. That same vintage signaled the creation of this series that’s featured in her Sunnyslope tasting room. It’s unmistakably Syrah with aromas of smoked meat, bacon-wrapped dates, gun metal and blackberry. The flavors are akin to plum, dark blueberry and Western serviceberry, backed by bittersweet chocolate, coffee and red plum-skin tannins.
Production: 178 cases