Producer: Par Terre Winery
Region: Snake River Valley AVA (Idaho)
Winemaking: Aged for 14 months in 80% French and 20% American oak
* Review sample provided by the winery
Par Terre Winery 2016 Merlot
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.