Colter’s Creek Winery 2017 Estate Rocinante Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $35

By on May 31, 2020
colters creek rocinante 2019 GNI - Colter's Creek Winery 2017 Estate Rocinante Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $35

The 2015 debut of this Spanish-themed red is driven by Tempranillo. However, Mike Pearson’s plantings of Graciano not far from the Clearwater River are hitting their stride, and his winemaking wife — Melissa Sanborn — used the perfumy grape native to Rioja to share the spotlight Mourvèdre (46%) and Malbec (8%). Cherry candy, raspberries and other red fruits rule in this smooth and pleasing wine. The flavors are complemented by hints of spice, earthy minerals and dried herbs. Rocinante was Don Quixote’s old work horse, but this ride is far from that. Prior to its release to club members, this earned a gold medal at last fall’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. It was one of many gold medals won last year by this Lewis-Clark Valley producer that prompted Wine Press Northwest magazine to name Colter’s Creek as the 2020 Idaho Winery of the Year.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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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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