Colter’s Creek Winery 2012 Estate Merlot, Idaho, $35

By on January 16, 2015

colters-creek-winery-estate-merlot-2012-labelThis vintage marked Melissa Sanborn’s first bottling of Merlot from her family’s expanding vineyard along the Potlatch River in Juliaetta, Idaho, which is within the boundary of the pending Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area. Her husband, Mike Pearson, made the pick from these 15-year-old vines on Oct. 3, and they received beautiful oak treatment. It’s a fragrant wine with a theme of dusty Marionberry and elderberry, framed by ample tannins and juicy acidity. And it merited a silver medal at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

Winery website

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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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