Appellation: Washington, $28:
This winery in Lewiston, Idaho, brings in grapes from a top vineyard in Washingtons Horse Heaven Hills. The result of the husband-and-wife winemaking team is a superb Carménère with classic aromas of black pepper and sweet herbal notes, along with black cherry, blackberry and black licorice. Judicious use of oak allows the fruit to shine. This earned a Platinum award from Wine Press Northwest magazine. (14 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 70
Food pairing: This versatile red wine will match well with grilled meats, lamb stew, chicken burritos or teriyaki beef.
Clearwater Canyon Cellars, 1708 6th Ave. N., Suite A, Lewiston, Idaho, 208-816-4679, www.clearwatercanyoncellars.com.