Monday, March 29, 2010

Cinder Spring Release

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Melanie Krause is one of the rising stars on the vibrant Idaho wine scene. Along with her husband Joe Schner, she creates the exciting wines of Cinder. After a stint in the Northwest, where among other duties she was the assistant winemaker at Canoe Ridge, the Boise native decided to return home and strike out on her on. The winery is named for the volcanic soil that underlies many of the Snake River region's vineyards. This is a limited production enterprise whose wines typically sell out before the new release, so the spring roll out has been much anticipated. Three outstanding wines have just become available.

2009 Cinder Rose, $14
I've seen an exponential increase in the popularity of dry roses over the last few years. Those from the south of France, with their charming, bright fruit flavors, are especially appealing. This Idaho offering holds its own with the best roses around. Light and lovely strawberry rhubarb aromas lead off. The lively melon and green apple flavors are as elegant as they are refreshing. The finish is crisp, but with an appealing creaminess that lingers nicely. It's very limited, so do not hesitate to pick up a few bottles.

2009 Cinder Viognier, $17
This one is filled with gorgeous honeysuckle, peach, melon and orange-zest aromas. Creamy fruit on the palate is highlighted by peach and apricot. This is a rich wine, but it never turns flabby, its crisp acidity keeping things in balance. It's a great choice to serve with Asian cuisine or most anything from the sea.

2008 Cinder Syrah, $27
A gorgeous mix of blueberry and blackberry fruit aromas mix with touches of anise, spice, earth and oak. That oak is a bit more prominent on the palate where it blends nicely with silky, ripe red fruit and blueberry flavors. Soft tannins and the perfect hit of acidity mark the smooth, lingering finish.

With their limited production, you won't find these wines at too many locations, but besides the winery, the following places offer these fabulous wines:

A New Vintage Wine Shop
Boise Co-op Wine Shop
Erickson's Fine Wines
Pamela's Bakery Cafe Espresso
Roosevelt Market
Tavern Wine Market at Bown Crossing

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