With the help of friends and family, Fraser vineyard was planted in the spring of 2003. The Canyon County site, in the new Snake River Valley Appellation, was selected for its steep south-facing slope, 2,700-foot elevation and abundant Idaho sunshine. The vineyard is composed of three Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The Spring issue ofWine Press Northwest named Fraser Vineyard 2011 Idaho Winery of the Year. The wines also received top honors at the October 2010 Idaho Wine Competition at Wine Press Northwest. The new 2011 Malbec just won a Gold Medal and the 2011 Tempranillo won a Silver Medal at the 2013 NW Wine Competition.
Here’s the lineup:
2010 Couloir Cuvée, $21.00
A blend of 70 percent Syrah and 30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.00
This estate Cabernet spends two years in barrel, six months in bottle. It’s a bright ruby color with aromatic nuances of ripe cherry, blackberry and black raspberry that combine seamlessly with cinnamon and baking spice notes. The plushness of this wine continues throughout the palate with intense fruit balanced by rich, silky oak. A long finish keeps you tasting this wine well after your final sip. Pairs well with numerous culinary delights from barbecued meats and blue cheeses to tomato-based sauces.
2011 Tempranillo, $24.00
The vibrant purple garnet color leads to a nose of spice, blueberry and roses. In the mouth, black fruit combines with leather and floral notes and a hint of pepper. Perfect for pairing with cuisines hot off the grill or hearty, sauce-based dishes.
2011 Malbec, $28.00
Spent 14 months in all new French and American oak. Light ruby color with, the ripe cherry aromas are backed by hints of dried herb and spice. The palate delights with bright cherry and blueberry and fresh cracked pepper. A well-balanced finish of fruit and oak keeps this wine fresh yet refined. it’s ready to enjoy with your favorite late-summer grilled pork and beef dishes.