What We’re Drinking: Sawtooth

Mary writes:

This week we’re drinking Sawtooth Winery’s Snake River Valley 2006 Skyline Red Wine.

Even though this wine is five years old, it doesn’t throw sediment because it has been filtered. It is also fairly fruity for a 5-year-old blend of Cab (62%), Syrah (29%), Merlot (8%), and Cabernet Franc (1%). But it has the smoothness of a wine with age.

Stuffed cabbage with a red sauce made with plenty of smoky paprika would make a nice accompaniment to this wine.

Sawtooth opened as Pintler Cellars in 1987 with a 15 acre vineyard. The Pintlers planted Chenin Blanc, Riesling, and Semillon on the south slope of the Sawtooth Mountains in 1982. Then came Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier.

When Pintler Cellars joined Corus Estates & Vineyards in 1998 the name changed to Sawtooth Winery.

Sawtooth Winery has two high elevation vineyards: Estate and Skyline, which are much like Washington vineyards with cool nights.

This bottle was rescued from the clearance bin at Grocery Outlet. It’ll set you back $4.