Split Rail Winery NV The Horned Beast Cernunnos Syrah-Grenache-Mourvèdre, Snake River Valley, $29
Boise-area winemaker Jed Glavin used Sawtooth and Williamson vineyards to produce the best red wine of the 2016 Idaho Wine Competition, a Rhône-style blend from the 2014 vintage leading with Syrah and named for Cernunnos, the horned god from Celtic mythology. Luscious aromas offer hints of gaminess, purple fruit and red tones. On the palate, there’s great depth and length, along with peppery notes. Tucked in corners of this wine are complex notes of black pepper, all backed by lingering acidity and tannin. His labels and names are eclectic – this features a deer head with grape vines for horns and wine bottles for its head — but these are serious wines. And his GSM understandably has grown into Glavin’s flagship wine.
Production: 240 cases