A Grand Valley Gem

I’ve had the opportunity to sample great wine produced by the other 46 states this year. I continue to be amazed at the quality and more importantly, the tremendous potential each state holds. That trend has never been more evident after opening two wines received from Canyon Wind Cellars. Located in the Grand Valley AVA, east of Grand Junction near Palisade, Canyon Wind’s vineyard is situated above the Colorado River. Named after the mountain breeze that flows daily through the canyon mouth and over the vineyard, Canyon Wind is proving that the sky is the limit for Colorado wines.

Up first in glass was the 2006 Syrah ($17.95). A deep red color in glass, the Syrah displayed dark fruit aromas with a touch of pepper, smoke, and coffee. After my first sip, I was convinced the variety has a bright future in Colorado. A great wine by itself, but a better match for grilled meats or a hearty stew.

After tasting the Syrah, I was excited to see if I could go two for two. The following night I pulled the cork on Canyon Wind Cellars most awarded wine, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Retailing for $24.95, I was excited to try my first Cab from the state, especially considering my first love is Cabernet Sauvignon. From the website,

Perfectly balanced, deep dark and concentrated with intense aromas of black cherry, plum, and mocha; firm tannins intertwined with hints of chocolate, coffee, and tobacco with an elegant finish. An excellent accompaniment to Colorado lamb.

I must admit, I held the bottle upside down longer than usual, ensuring every last drop was accounted for.

If your not convinced on the quality of Colorado wines, I guarantee you haven’t tried Canyon Wind Cellars. Cheers!

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