Wine: Exploring Idaho
Idaho’s wine industry is still young, but already it’s “turning out some good wines,” said Michael Austin in_the Chicago Tribune. That shouldn’t be surpris ing, given the state’s rich soil and the long, sunny days and cool nights, advantages it shares with neighboring Ore gon and Wash ing ton. Just don’t count on a core strength emerging soon, because Idaho’s growers and vintners “tend to follow their own bliss.”
2015 Hat Ranch Dry Moscato ($18). Floral and nutty, this white wine from the Snake River Valley delivers “a blast of clean citrus toward the finish.”
2012 Crossings Cabernet Franc ($18.50). There’s “a touch of salinity” in this “expressive” red, which tastes of cherry, dill, incense, and black licorice.
2012 Ste. Chapelle Panoramic Idaho Petit Verdot ($25). This “rich and decadent” red varietal from Idaho’s largest winemaker is “full of blueberry and other dark fruits, plus orange zest and smoke.” ■