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Years in the making – eons really – the Snake River Valley of Idaho first petitioned for an AVA back in 2002 and finally got the nod from Federal authorities in April 2007. With this AVA approval, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission (the petitioning body) has at last brought the now well-established growing areas of southwestern Idaho together under one meaningful appellation designation.

Overall, the new AVA is a massive area of 8,263 square miles (nearly the size of the state of New Jersey), with 90 percent of Idaho’s currently planted vineyards falling within the AVA boundaries. Vineyard acreage is rapidly on the rise, with total plantings doubling since the application was first filed and now standing at about 1800 acres.

The AVA itself is delineated by boundaries that follow the East-West oriented river from Twin Falls into southeastern Oregon. The growing areas within the AVA are tied together by the shared climate moderation provided by river induced air currents. The appellation Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Sawtooth Estate Riesling Snake River Valley 2014

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    Intriguing baked apple aromas are a touch phenolic and come with notes of tea leaf. Nice acidity and a smooth mouthfeel, with green apple and melon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ste. Chapelle Cabernet Sauvignon Snake River Valley 2012

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    Light raspberry and cherry aromas on the nose with a touch of clay and cinnamon. Cherry bubblegum flavors on the palate with a light mouthfeel, a touch of dusty earth and medium-minus acidity come together on this light bodied selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sawtooth Riesling 2012

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    Golden apple and beeswax aromas with some country road dust and a bit of hay. Showing some sweetness on the palate, with honeysuckle and orange blossom. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sawtooth Pinot Gris Snake River Valley 2012

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    Quite fragrant and floral on the nose with spicy notes that recall cardamom and coriander layered over crisp Asian pear fruit and salty mineral tones. Round and bright in the mouth with a lovely blend of fruitiness and fresh minerality in the mouth. This is vibrant on the palate with orange cream and pear fruit but there is a lovely mineral/savo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sawtooth Pinot Gris Snake River Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Reserve Riesling 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by SLKimball


  • Sawtooth Riesling Late Harvest Snake River Valley Idaho 2010

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    This was a welcome surprise -- it almost didn't seem fair to call it "wine" as you wouldn't really expect it to taste so sweet. Without going too heavy on specifics, I'd say it's definitely something you would want a newcomer of wine to taste. It may not impress the "experts" but it's a great tasting wine nonetheless. Would definitely recommend ... Read More

    Wine review by Andre Burrell


  • Sawtooth Riesling Late Harvest Snake River Valley Idaho 2010

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    A bit earthy and compressed on the nose, with early hints of quince followed by lime pith and almost blueberry aromas. This is sweet, yet fairly light weight, with enough acidity to keep things in balance but not enough to keep the sweet/tart thing going. Like the nose, the palate reminds me a bit of blueberries, with sweet Asian pear and honeye... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sawtooth Skyline Red Snake River Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by jd98


  • Sawtooth Merlot Snake River Valley 2009

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    Very good for an inexpensive bottle. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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