“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

2017 was a tumultuous vintage for the Snake River Valley wineries. A dramatic cold front with temperatures below -15 F during the previous January reduced the yields by about 70%. The Snake River Valley proceeded to have a year with temperatures slightly over the 20-year average, with Growing Degree Days topping out at 3100. For the grapes that survived the winter, quality was excellent with fresh aromatic white wines and rich red wines. Due to the reduced yield, we reached out to our neighbors in Columbia Valley to supplement our grape supply, where they had an average year in terms of heat accumulation (2600-3200) in the vineyards we sourced from. High snow and rainfall in both regions during the winter and spring led to increased canopy size, but careful viticultural practices and a warm summer counter-balanced the effect.

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. Aromas of red currant & earthy notes of leather give this wine a rustic feel.

Production Notes

Grapes are picked, destemmed, then fermented whole berry with native yeasts. Pressed after 5-6 days on the skins, then aged in old oak barrels for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrels. Bottled in February 2018. 1700 cases produced.

The Vineyards

Alder Ridge, Kamiak, Strand

Pairing Suggestions

Use this wine as your “cellar-saver,” for those many nights when you need a well balanced red wine but don’t want to break into the vintages you’re cellaring. It is versatile with so many dining options from fish to heavy meat dishes.

When to Drink

Enjoy now and often! Can be held up to 5 years… but why?


2016- Gold Medal- San Francisco International Wine Competition