Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Idaho Wines: Sawtooth Winery

Formerly known as Pintler Cellars, Sawtooth Winery was founded in 1987 in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier are planted in two vineyards, Sawtooth and Skyline, totaling about 470 acres. Total production capability of the winery is 24,000 cases. Sawtooth is part of Precept Wine, which is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest.

Idaho Wines: Sawtooth Winery

Tasting Notes:
Snake River Valley Syrah 2012: estate grown Sawtooth Vineyard grapes; barrel fermented in 30% new French and American Oak; deep dark purple color with ruby edges; smoke, prune, and oregano aromas; earth, rhubarb, herb, and subtle cherry cola flavors; 1,000 cases produced; twist-off closure; SRP $16. 
Skyline Red 2012: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 18% Petite Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah; deep ruby red with garnet edges; smoky plum, herb, and tar aromas; cassis, pomegranate, dark berry, and earthy flavors; smooth mouthfeel; well-balanced with good acidity; 2,231 cases produced; twist-off closure; SRP $15.
Riesling 2012: 98% Riesling and 2% Muscat Blanc estate grown grapes from the Sawtooth and Skyline Vineyards; aged 7 months in stainless; golden straw color; melon, white floral, tropical fruit and spice aromas; melon, yellow currant, honeyed stone fruit, and mineral flavors; a touch of sweetness is balanced with a tart finish and an acid backbone; 4,200 cases produced; twist-off closure; SRP $12.
Pinot Gris 2014: 99% Pinot Gris, 1% Muscat Blanc from the Sawtooth Vineyard; aged 7 months in stainless; extremely pale yellow in color; floral, lemon, and subtle orchard fruit aromas; melon, lemon, yellow currant, and mineral notes on the palate; soft mouthfeel with a nice touch of acidity; 1,200 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $20.
Wines provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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