Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $35

By on January 24, 2017

Boise winemaker Earl Sullivan relies on famed growers in Washington state for much of his Cabernet Sauvignon, but he enjoys working with scenic Sawtooth Vineyard and viticulturist Dale Jeffers for this Petit Verdot — a Bordeaux grape that’s traditionally a blender and not easy to balance for a standalone bottling. These four barrels of Petit Verdot from Idaho’s Snake River Valley display ripeness and balance, starting with aromas of plums, mountain berries and cocoa, joined by Earl Grey tea and cola. Inside, ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors make for a drink that’s lush without being flabby as western Serviceberry tannins provide the right amount of structure.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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