Bob’s Pick: 2014 Sawtooth Winery Snake River Valley Merlot $16.99

Yeah for June, IT’S IDAHO WINE MONTH! As such, all Idaho wines are 15% off all month long- it’s a great time to enjoy Idaho’s wines. Here’s one to try in case you haven’t. This wine is part of Sawtooth’s limited release, Classic Fly Series (trout fly that is). A fully expressive new world Merlot with notes of ripe dark cherries and minty bramble. Soft and easy tannins with hints of oak aging i.e. baking spices and a rich milk chocolate finish.

Sawtooth Winery was one of the original ‘success story’ wineries in Idaho. By that I mean that they were bought up by a national beverage concern (Precept Brands). With that backing they became part of the largest vineyard holders in the state and brought on a really talented winemaker (Meredith Smith). Growing their own fruit not only gives them complete control of quality, it also helps them keep their prices very reasonable. Enjoy this wine with big meats and BBQs. Great red wine to have by your Weber of Traeger.