Rhône-style red blends perfect for Pacific Northwest

By on November 29, 2015

Colter’s Creek Winery 2012 Arrow Rim Red GSM, Idaho, $25

colters-creek-winery-arrow-rim-red-gsm-2012-bottleWashington State University grad Melissa Sanborn blends estate grapes from the proposed the Lewis-Clark Valley with Snake River Valley fruit off Skyline, Sawtooth and Williamson for this GSM-style bottling that also includes Viognier. Aromatics offer nuances of Marionberry, blueberry dark toast and citrus peel, which leads to a nicely balanced, fruit-driven drink of dusty blueberry, boysenberry and Marionberry. This merited a silver medal at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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