Wine of the Week

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2017 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Lewis-Clark Valley

Wine Press Northwest magazine’s Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year for 2020 pulled down five Platinum Awards last fall for its red program, and this 2017 Louis Delsol Cab was among those. Here, the Umikers use two young vineyards in the Lewis-Clark Valley — Arnett and Rock n’J — to pay tribute to the region’s first winemaker, who moved to the valley after the Civil War. The purity of fruit shines at first whiff and continues to impress through the palate. Blackcurrant, dark-skinned plums, savory olive paste, dusty earthiness and crushed tobacco leaves march harmoniously, and the bright finish sings. Last fall, this youthful wine earned a gold medal at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition on its way to Wine Press Northwest’s 20th annual year-end judging of gold-medal winners.

Rated “Platinum” by Wine Press Northwest. (14.7% alc.)

Price: $32

Cases produced: 211

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Food pairings: Enjoy with ossobuco, dry-rubbed barbecued ribs, pork chops, meatloaf or ratatouille.

Lewiston Orchards tasting room

3143 10th St.

Lewiston, ID, 83501

(208) 816-4679

clearwatercanyoncellars.com

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Clearwater Canyon Cellars offers curbside pickup by appointment Tuesday through Saturday. The Umikers also ship to most states in the U.S.

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