Ste. Chapelle 2016 Panoramic Idaho Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25

By on September 19, 2019

Boise native Meredith Smith took over the winemaking duties at Idaho’s largest winery ahead of veraison in 2016, and her love of Syrah shows with this expression from her first vintage at Ste. Chapelle. Pulled during September from Sawtooth and Skyline vineyards, she poured it into all French oak barrels, 30% new, for 20 months. Yet, it opens with whiffs of game meat and blackberry, spice and celery leaf, following with plum, blackberry and blueberry flavors. There’s a pleasing job of tannin management that allows for a long and rewarding finish of pomegranate juice. The label features the headwaters of the Snake River, Redfish Lake, splashed with “golden hour” lighting.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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