Laissez Faire 2018 Red Table Wine, Snake River Valley, $18

By on August 13, 2019

Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr of acclaimed Cinder Wines near Boise continue show their talented resourcefulness with the everyday Laissez Faire program. Their latest edition pulls in Sangiovese (48%), Mourvedre (24%), Merlot (14%) and Tempranillo from Williamson and Sawtooth vineyards. They keep this pleasing, well-made and approachable, thanks in part to aging the lots for just six months in neutral oak barrel. Raspberry pie, chalky earth, nutmeg and vanilla aromas bid a sip. Sweet raspberry, loganberry and Red Delicious apple flavors create a juicy medium-bodied wine that is fun to drink. The intertwined acidity and tannin are in the background but help to produce an easy-drinking wine that will pair well with just about any mid-week meal – fish to heavy meat or pasta dishes – or a treat while making the meal. This earned a best-of-class award in the Red Blend category at the 2019 Cascadia International Wine Competition – one of four gold medals awarded to Team Cinder at the judging in Washington state.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 900 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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