Scoria Vineyards and Winery 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

By on December 10, 2015

Complete bottle mockupWhen a respected farming family chooses to enter the Idaho wine industry, it is significant news. Their background is in row crops, but the Weitz family (pronounced Wheats) recently established a 9-acre vineyard between the Snake River and Lake Lowell with Malbec and Petit Verdot. And there’s more to come. Their marketing-savvy daughter, Sydney, and dairyman husband James Nederend get their hands dirty working the young vines in the soil laced with lava rock — hence the name Scoria — and they hired winemaker Earl Sullivan of Telaya Wine Co., to create this inaugural bottling. It’s a Syrah-based blend from Sawtooth and Skyline vineyards with Malbec (17%) and Petit Verdot (8%) that’s stays true to Syrah, starting with floral aromas that include dusty black currant, blackberry, bacon and black olive. They all come through on the juicy and balanced palate where smoky oak, Marionberry and a bit of funkiness add character to the finish. Start looking for the brand and this three-barrel release in spring 2016.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 72 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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  1. […] room. She and her husband, dairy farmer James Nederend, will launch their Scoria brand in June with a 2013 Syrah and 2013 Mourvèdre. Both wines came off Skyline Vineyard — the state’s largest at 400 […]

  2. […] and lime peel suggest pairing it with smoked ribs. Nederend is scheduled to begin selling this and her other debut release in late spring, and all sales are being orchestrated through her […]

  3. […] first to family and friends. The ultimate attractions are the two reds made for her by Sullivan — a 2013 Syrah-based blend and a 2013 Mourvedre. Both came from Skyline Vineyard, the bread basket for the Idaho wine […]

  4. […] launching SCORIA Vineyards with the 2013 vintage, the Nederends have hired Greg Koenig and his assistant, Martin Fujishin, to produce most of their […]

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