“Syrah is one of my favorite wines to make and to drink.  It can be grown in many climates, expressing a wide range of flavors over those different climates.  Here in the Snake River Valley we get rich, savory Syrahs with great depth of character and smooth, even structure and tannin profiles.  This vintage we give you a twist on our classic Syrah by blending in 10% Mourvedre.  Though still a very savory Syrah, this twist gives you a more Southern Rhone, spice & fruit style.”

                                            —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 3400. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Mother Nature threw us a curve ball of conditions with a 2014 November freeze and cold weather during budbreak in April, leading to a small yield. The growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes over 100 F 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

Allspice and black pepper notes in the nose develop into blackberries, dried orange peel and a hint of chai.  The intensity of the bright fruit is mouthwatering.  Expected to drink best from 2020-2015.

Production Notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day. 10% of batches foot-stomped with stems and fermented with native yeast. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 16 months of barrel aging in 30% new barrels, 30% 2nd and 3rd use barrels, 40% old barrels. Bottled in February 2017. 800 cases produced.

The Vineyards

Sawtooth Vineyard, Skyline Vineyard, Williamson Vineyard.

Pairing Suggestions

Try this Syrah with pork tenderloin with a raspberry reduction sauce or your favorite Mediterranean lamb recipe.  When you need decadence, pair it with a chocolate ganache to reaffirm your faith in humanity.


2015- 91 Points- Wine Enthusiast