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Cinder Wines 2015 Tempranillo, 53% Idaho, 47% Washington, $29
A killing freeze in November 2014 took its toll on vineyards throughout the Snake River Valley, which prompted Melanie Krause to look beyond Idaho to satisfying the growing demand among her fans for Tempranillo. That search led her into Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills and Two Coyotes Vineyard. Combined with her trusted Sawtooth Vineyard – home to one of the fascinating cinder cones that sparked the name of her winery – Krause managed to increase her bottling from the 2014 vintage to the 2015 vintage by 27 percent. Its theme of red currant and cherry with Weetabix biscuit and dusty, age-worthy tannins allows it to drink akin to a more robust Cabernet Franc. At the Garden City winery, they suggest serving it with Korean barbecue, spare ribs or grilled meats.
Production: 785 cases