With each new pour, Idaho continues to rise on my list of contending wine states in North America. With a designated AVA (the Snake River Valley) and more than 35 wineries on the map, it’s safe to say Idaho is well on its way to establishing itself as an up-and-coming wine region with endless potential. One winery in particular, Sawtooth Winery, continues to impress. The 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon I tasted recently, was no different.
The reserve is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec, and 1% Merlot from their Sawtooth vineyard. Retailing for $24.99, 200 cases were produced.
The 2006 shows blackberry and currant, followed by a smoky hint on the nose. On the palate, cherry, herbs, and a touch of leather up front, finishing off with a peppery finish. A great example of a New World Cabernet Sauvignon that pairs well with bold dishes.
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