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.
Production: 250 cases