“Beautiful everyday wine for the sophisticated palate, Laissez Faire is medium-bodied, with bright fruit and subtle spice flavors. Higher in acid and lower in tannins, this wine has more in common with its European cousins, which are crafted for the dinner (and lunch!) table. Set your table with Laissez Faire and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, every day.”

—Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho’s 2nd hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 2405. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Yields were small due to a 2014 November freeze, and cold weather during budbreak in April. We can certainly say that Mother Nature threw us a curveball of conditions as the growing season presented itself quicker, with bud break in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes in June. July and August were relatively tame, before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!

Tasting Notes

Laissez Faire is just what its name implies, a “let it be” wine in terms of winemaking style, and drinking style. It is made to be the discerning wine drinker’s midweek wine. This red wine is similar in style to a traditional European table wine, with a light-medium extraction, low oak influence, and lots of food friendly acid on the finish. Fresh crushed cherries with a little sprinkle of black pepper on the nose lead into a lively combination of berry flavors on the plate with a light (but not wimpy) body and a fresh, acidic finish.

Production Notes

Laissez Faire is just what its name implies, a “let it be” wine in terms of winemaking style, and drinking style. Made to be the discerning wine drinker’s midweek wine. Similar in style to a traditional European table wine, with a light-medium extraction, low oak influence, and lots of food friendly acid on the finish. Spicy notes of black pepper and red currant on the nose. Medium body with layers of fruit and spice flavors. Finishes clean with bright acidity for great food pairing.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth, Airfield, Williamson, Kamiak, Symms

Pairing Suggestions

This is a wine that is sophisticated enough to serve with a formal meal but light enough to pair with casual meals. The lively, acidic finish compliments tomato based pastas and pizza. Drinks well slightly chilled in the hot summer months.


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