Producer: Par Terre Winery
Region: Snake River Valley AVA (Idaho)
Grapes: 100% merlot
Winemaking: Aged for 14 months in 80% French and 20% American oak
ABV: 13.2%
Price: $24*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Par Terre Winery 2016 Merlot

Par Terre Winery 2016 Merlot

88 points

The first red wine produced by this new Boise-based garagiste, this merlot deftly balances ripeness with freshness.

The nose offers a melange of red and black fruits – dominated by plum and cherry aromas – with hints of baking spice and tar.

The fruits lean a bit darker on the palate, with blueberries and plums up front with more spice, black olive and a bit of that tar quality. The tannins and acidity combined to provide a nice bit of structure without overwhelming the fruit.

Well priced at $24, this is the kind of wine you want to have on hand for Italian food, even pizza, or meat cooked over charcoal.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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