The Umikers pull from outside of their Lewis-Clark Valley for only the Merlot in this blend that leads with Malbec (38%), Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) and Cabernet Franc (23%). In this case, their Washington source is Verhey Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley, so 84 percent is from the proposed Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. There’s a magnanimous note of toasted coconut that leads the aromas, which are backed by black cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and minerality. Inside, it’s round with flavors of ripe plum and elderberry, leading to supple tannins, Marionberry acidity and a tasty finish of cocoa powder and blueberry skins. The Clearwater Canyon wines can be purchased at their Port of Lewiston winery/tasting room, via the website as well at select restaurants and wine shops throughout Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It earned a gold medal at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition.
Production: 400 cases