GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends

By on April 8, 2018

Colter’s Creek Winery 2012 Arrow Rim Red GSM, Idaho, $25

colters-creek-winery-arrow-rim-red-gsm-2012-bottleWashington 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.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

Winery website

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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 .


  1. Scott P

    April 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    To not even mention Palencia wineries Casa Amirillo GSM is a travesty.

    If you haven’t had it, you must immediately.

  2. Bill

    April 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Syncline “Subduction Red” needs to be included, in part, because it has the 3 GSM + Cinsault & Carignan.
    Just starin’

  3. Robert

    April 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Covington Cellars ” MA Belle”should be included. Cinsault has been been added to the 2013 GSM blend. A most appealing wine.

  4. Steve

    May 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    W hy can’t I get midsummer’s white Columbia valley in OHio

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