Idaho is known for spectacular mountains, rivers and lakes. However, many are unaware that this beautiful area is also a great wine-growing region. The unique combination of geography, climate and soils found in Idaho's vineyards can produce grapes with outstanding varietal character. High vineyard elevations, extra long hours of daylight during grape ripening, cool nights, volcanic ash soils, and un-grafted vines all contribute to producing grapes with concentrated flavors and naturally high acidity.
This wonderfully fragrant Riesling—actually a blend of 98 percent Riesling with 2 percent Muscat Blanc, just for fun—welcomes you with aromas of apricot, peach nectar and clover honey. A merriment of layered flavors, such as poached pears, citrus and peach, lead to a crisp long finish with a hint of minerality. Traces of clove and ginger add complexity.
As much as I love these delicate, sweetly balanced wines with spicy foods, I find that they pair wonderfully with savory, smoky dishes as well. Sawtooth goes great with tangy-sweet barbecue, smoked sausage, and roasted duck. Enjoy it as a fine accompaniment to your summer meal, or just as a lovely, delicious glass of American wine.