(TORONTO, ON) – My Own Private Idaho is not the 1991 film with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, but rather a bottle of Ste Chapelle 2013 Gem State Red from the Snake River Valley in Idaho. Baked potatoes and now Idaho wine? It should be no surprise as wine is made in just about every states in the Union.
Ste Chapelle is Idaho’s largest winery and the Snake River Valley was Idaho’s first American Viticultural Area, designated as such in 2007. The Snake River Valley is known for its volcanic soil. Eagle Foothills became Idaho’s second AVA in in 2015.
There are now 50 wineries in Idaho and most of them supply their local markets and rarely export.
Gem State Red is a dark ruby colour and has the aroma of warm, baked stuffed green peppers, black cherries, blue berries, mint, and Fig Newton cookies.
On the palate the cherries present themselves under the radar, so to speak. In other words, rather mellow and unassuming. A little bit of charcoal on the edges and mild tannins.
A short finish.
Wine for sure, but you may rather watch the movie or, even better, watch the movie and drink the wine. (Ste Chapelle 2013 Gem State Red, Snake River Valley, Ste Chapelle, Caldwell, Idaho, 750 mL, 13.9%, LCBO #441931, $17.95, Square Media Group Rating 75/100)
Rather annoying that there is no mention of the grapes on the label, however their website reveals this is a $12 wine with 59% Merlot and 41% Syrah. Given the plummeting Canadian dollar, we may see more wines from Idaho in the future.