Recap: Sawtooth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Sawtooth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Sawtooth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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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