Colter’s Creek Winery 2012 Arrow Rim Red GSM, Idaho, $25
Washington State University grad Melissa Sanborn blends estate grapes from the proposed the Lewis-Clark Valley with Snake River Valley fruit off Skyline, Sawtooth and Williamson for this GSM-style bottling that also includes Viognier. Aromatics offer nuances of Marionberry, blueberry dark toast and citrus peel, which leads to a nicely balanced, fruit-driven drink of dusty blueberry, boysenberry and Marionberry. This merited a silver medal at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition.
Production: 300 cases