Ste. Chapelle 2011 Treasure Valley Reserves Red Blend, Snake River Valley, $15

By on December 7, 2014

ste-chapelle-treasure-valley-reserves-red-nv-bottleBest Buy! Idaho’s largest winery pulls from two of the Treasure Valley’s largest vineyards — Skyline and Williamson — for this quaffable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (46%), Merlot (39%), Syrah (10%) and Cabernet Franc. It’s fruit-driven from start to finish with aromas of Bing cherry, blackberry and blueberry, joined by mint, menthol and a whiff of caramel corn. The crowd-pleasing structure of black cherry and blackberry comes with a stream of milk chocolate and tar as blueberry acidity dominates the mild tannins. A bite of Aussie black licorice in the finish makes this something friendly to crack open after a Tuesday in the trenches.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 875 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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