Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Daniel Vineyard Merlot, Snake River Valley, $45
Idaho winemakers Earl and Carrie Sullivan turn much of their attention to famed producers in Washington state’s Columbia Valley such as Boushey and Quintessence for their Bordeaux varieties. And yet, they’ve established a relationship with Dave Daniel’s vineyard south of Lake Lowell in the Snake River Valley. This signaled a bounce-back vintage for Daniel, whose site on the outskirts of Nampa fell victim to the January 2013 killing freeze, so Telaya created this vineyard-designate release for club members. It’s a robust and hedonistic Merlot that’s loaded with dark red cherry and allspice notes, backed by toast, tar and a long scrape of vanilla bean in the finish.
Production: 55 cases