Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 40-31

By on December 29, 2014

38. Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Classic Fly Series Cinsault Rosé, Snake River Valley, $15

sawtooth-estate-winery-cinsault-rose-bottleBest Buy! Who knew Cinsault, a rare red Rhône variety, was grown in Idaho? Well, it’s only a few rows, and winemaker Meredith Smith — with a little help from Muscat Blanc — has turned it into a superb pink wine with bright, inviting aromas of raspberry and strawberry, followed by slightly off-dry flavors of delicate cherry. This was rated best rose at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition, receiving a gold medal for the second straight year.

Production: 204 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

Winery website

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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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