Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Lochsa White Wine, Idaho, $15

By on July 3, 2014

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Lochsa labelBest Buy! A tribute to a tributary of the Clearwater River, the Umikers create this blend of Chardonnay (66%), Viognier (19%) and Riesling using their Lewiston, Idaho estate vineyard as well as Arnett Vineyard in Clarkston, Wash. Both plantings are within four miles of the winery. It carries a golden color provides aromas of ripe pear, Pink Lady apple, chalkboard dust and margarita mix. The influence of 50% American oak fermentation leads the palate with butterscotch, toastiness and fresh-cut apple, yet racy lime acidity takes over from the midpalate and beyond. Pronounced as lock-saw, the word translates to “rough water” among the Nez Perce tribe and “it has salmon” in Salish, so perhaps it’s no surprise that this works nicely with salmon fettuccine.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 116 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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