Best Northwest wines of 2015: 50-41

By on December 28, 2015

49. Sawtooth Winery 2014 Classic Fly Series Grenache Rosé, Snake River Valley, $20

sawtooth-winery-classic-fly-series-grenache-rose-2014-bottleIdaho winemaker Meredith Smith gets the opportunity to work with Rhône varieties off Sawtooth Vineyard for her rosé program, and circumstances in 2014 prompted her to switch her focus from Cinsault to Grenache – although, Cinsault still accounts for 20 percent. Smith gives this the appearance of Provence with its veil of pink that leads to winsome florals of dried strawberry, peach and tutti frutti. There’s a nice bit of Rainier cherry skin bite on the entry before the return of strawberries and white peach. The listed residual sugar of 0.9% finishes clean and screams for barbecue chicken or summertime salads.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 168 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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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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