Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2012 Selway, Washington, $38

By on September 28, 2015

Clearwater Canyon Cellars-2012-SelwayLewis-Clark Valley winemaker Coco Umiker was in no rush to release this blend named for Idaho’s majestic Selway River, choosing to bottle-age her most expensive wine for 30 months. She works with Malbec (40%), Carménère (26%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Merlot (4%) and a bit Syrah off five vineyards from her three favorite regions — Phinny Hill in the Horse Heaven Hills, Verhey in Rattlesnake Hills, and a trio from the pending L-C Valley AVA. Alluring aromas of black cherry, vanilla, toasted coconut and milk chocolate lead to a remarkably silky drink. The flavorful entry of plum and chocolate-covered black cherry shows exquisite balance with Marionberry acidity and a finish of blueberry skins and black licorice. Search for this at select restaurants and wine shops throughout Idaho, Washington and Oregon because it is no longer available at their Lewiston, Idaho, tasting room.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 58 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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