Best Buy! The beat goes on for Jeremy Ritter, who burnishes the history surrounding this Idaho Panhandle producer as perhaps the Northwest’s leader for mead. He continues to follow the delectable tradition established in 1983 by founder Stuart Scott, and the work with berry-influenced honey wine remains stellar. The latest example with raspberry brings a big nose of hard raspberry candy and chewy honey. Initially, there’s a burst of crystallized sugar on the palate, but that gives way to fresh raspberry and raspberry vines with an unexpected herbaceous end for complexity and to balance the residual sugar of 4.5%. Enjoy as an accompaniment to a spinach, goat cheese and raspberry salad. In August, it earned a gold medal at the 2020 Idaho Wine Competition. In October, it grabbed gold again on its way to the title as the Best Sweet Wine at 2020 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, a judging staged at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., on behalf of sommeliers, wine merchants and journalists from across the country.
Production: 250 cases