Idaho wine industry coming into its own

By on April 23, 2017

Terra Nativa Vineyards 2012 Reserve Merlot, Idaho, $40

Treasure Valley developer Richard Pavelek dotes on his vines of red Bordeaux varieties grown in the foothills east of Boise, making his perhaps the state’s highest elevation  site for ongoing viticulture — 3,100 feet. His focus on estate fruit explains why Terra Nativa is one of Idaho’s tiniest wineries with an annual production of 600 cases. Here, Pavelek has crafted a superb Merlot with classic aromas of coffee, red plum, a hint of oak and black fruit. On the palate, it’s smooth with notes of black cherry and a hint of vanilla for a beautifully balanced mouth feel. This earned a gold medal and best of class at the 2016 Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 56 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

Winery website

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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