Wine Press Northwest magazine’s reigning Idaho Winery of the Year reaches into acclaimed Washington vineyards for Bordeaux varieties, but Telaya doesn’t roam nearly as far for its Rhône grapes. Earl Sullivan’s youthful Mourvèdre from Skyline Vineyard in the Snake River Valley creates aromas hinting at freshly cracked black pepper, black plum, black cherry, cigar box and savory black olive. Inside, the mouth feel is sublime with blackberry and plum flavors that are framed by restrained tannins and juicy pomegranate acidity. Those spice box hints return with a finish of black pepper and cocoa powder behind cassis. His 2013 Mourvèdre earned a gold medal earlier this year at the Cascadia Wine Competition, and this brand new release is on par.
Production: 175 cases