Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91

By on December 26, 2014

94. Koenig Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

Snake River Valley winemaker Greg Koenig of Koenig Vineyards became the second winery in Idaho to achieve three-star status in Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book.

Snake River Valley winemaker Greg Koenig of Koenig Vineyards in Caldwell, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The 2010 version of this 50/50 blend by Greg Koenig earned a gold at the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition and later made history as one of three wines to reach the 90-point plateau by Wine Spectator — the first time any Idaho winemaker attained that figure. He’s hit a high note again for his work with Cabernet Sauvignon from Williamson Vineyard and Syrah off Hells Canyon Vineyard. Charming aromatics of strawberry, black cherry and chocolate include mint, cedar, violet and allspice. There’s no disappointment in the mouth, which brings complexity and beveled tannins around the midpalate of red fruit. The finish is akin to a spice rack. Koenig enjoys pairing this with barbecued meat, roasted lamb and tomato-pasted pasta.

Production: 193 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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