“After a decade of winemaking in the Snake River Valley, I’m continually fascinated by the stunningly aromatic wines that this region produces.  To showcase this vintage, I created a blend with heady aromas of black peppercorns, raspberry, apricot and mocha.  When we started Cinder we couldn’t foresee what was ahead… a decade of stained hands & long nights, of friendships and dreams.  Here’s to another decade!”

-Melanie Krause, Winemaker 

The Vintage

The 2016 vintage was a warm, gentle season, unusually long for the Snake River Valley, with a cool fall. The spring started early and warm, the summer was gentle with lots of days in the 90’s but few over 100 degrees F. September cooled down significantly, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and the winemaker to pick at exactly the optimal time for the style desired. The yield was ample enough to merit thinning the crop to leave only the best clusters. The white wines are elegant with lively, balanced acids and the reds are intensely fruity with long, textured finishes. 3100 growing degree days.

Tasting Notes

Apricot aromas mingle with white pepper, followed by dark berry flavors. In the mouth you’ll experience a silky texture, medium body and a long finish.

Production Notes

The Decade was hand harvested and fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day.  Grapes are pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact.  Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel and then we barrel age in 40% new, 30% 2nd and 3rd use barrels and 30% used barrels of French and American origin.  Wine was bottled in January 2018.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth, Skyline, Williamson

Pairing Suggestions

Moroccan meatball tacos or a French dip would compliment this wine nicely.