Founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, Ste. Chapelle, moved to Caldwell in 1978, and now produces wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah from the Snake River Valley appellation. With a total production capacity of 150,000 cases, this is the leading winery in Idaho in both production and sales volume. Ste. Chapelle is named after the beautiful La Sainte Chapelle in Paris, built by King Louis IX as the court chapel during the 13th century and is part of Precept Wine, which is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest.
Cabernet Sauvignon Snake River Valley 2012: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Syrah; light ruby with red highlights; black currant, blackberry, black cherry, green olive and spice aromas; cedar, earth, black cherry and bell pepper flavors; medium mouthfeel into an austere finish; 1,540 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $12.
Gem State Red 2012: 59% Merlot, 41% Syrah; dark opaque ruby color with garnet edges; dark berry, earth, herb, and green pepper aromas; plum, tart red berry, oregano, and earthy flavors; pleasing mouthfeel into a slightly tannic and tart finish; 1,502 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $12.Wines provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.
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