Idaho Wine Industry’s stock continues to rise

By on November 27, 2017

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2016 Lolo White Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $18

Arnett Vineyard in Clarkston, Wash., and Umiker Vineyard in Lewiston, Idaho, come together for this aromatic blend that continues to features Pinot Gris (25%), Muscat (22%) and Gewurztraminer (17%) but there are also significant contributions of Chardonnay (19%) and Viognier (14%). There’s a tropical theme because of the three varieties of Muscat (Ottonel, Canelli and Orange) from the Umikers site at 1,200 feet elevation with lychee, rosewater, Circus Peanut candy and minerality. In years past, this wine has carried a significant amount of sweetness, but this vintage finishes out at 0.5% residual sugar, and the lingering burst of pink grapefruit acidity makes this an easy drinker.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 62 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

Winery website

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *