Cinder Wines 2014 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $29

By on February 6, 2017

The promise of Syrah grown in the high-elevation of Idaho’s Snake River Valley helped lure Melanie Krause back home to launch her own winery, and her continued excellence with this Rhône variety provides proof. She works with three of the region’s top sites for Syrah — Sawtooth, Skyline and Williamson — and co-ferments with Viognier (5%). There’s also 10 percent of the lot that’s built with foot-pressed on the stems. Next, it spent 16 months in 30% new barrels to create smoky and toasty notes with blueberry and vanilla, a creamy blend of flavors that makes for a great texture and pleasing approach. Suggested pairings include espresso-rubbed kobe beef or pork chops with fruit chutney or hoisin.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 670 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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