Colter’s Creek Arrow Rim Red, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre once again shows Idaho can star in producing Rhône blends. The Juliaetta, Idaho, winery labeled it Idaho red wine because when it was made that was the only recognized AVA for its vineyard location above the rimrocks at the confluence of the Clearwater and Potlatch rivers. Lewis and Clark named the creek for expedition member John Colter, later to become a famous fur trapper as well. Spice, blackberries, pomegranate and plums offer up their aromas readily and in the mouth the wine shows off black pepper as well, leading to smooth tannins. A risotto with artichokes, lemon, Kalamata olives and sweet Italian sausage would be just right to accompany this at the table. This earned best Idaho wine at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 250 cases