Range Rider Red
Range Rider is 100 percent Montana grown grapes! Hardy French-American Hybrid grapes (Maréchal Foche, Leon Millot [pronounced MeeYo], St. Croix, and Frontenac) defy frosts and frigid winters. Our 2007 Vintage won Gold and Best of Region at the Northwest Wine Summit and Bronze at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Our current vintage, 2008, is a Beaujoulais-style wine, full of smooth cherry and strawberry flavors. Range Rider is a perfect summer-time red wine, great with pizza, Spanikopita or a plate of Bologenese.
No added sulfites
$205.20/case + shipping
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Ten Spoon Vineyard
4175 Rattlesnake Drive
Missoula, MT 59802
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Praise for Range Rider Red
from Zone 4 magazine
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that wine grapes would grow at 3,450 feet just two degrees south of the Canadian border? Andy Sponseller and Connie Poten planted their first grapes in the Rattlesnake Valley near Missoula, Montana in 1997 and they have been producing first-class organically grown and produced wines since 2003.
The 2008 Range Rider Red is a blend of hybrid grapes bred to withstand the cold Rocky Mountain winters. The grapes include Marechal Foch, Frontenac, St. Croix and Leon Millet. Ruby colored and aromatic, the “Range Rider” Red gives the nose a burst of red fruit and tangy spice. The red fruit is echoed on the palate, accented by cola and hints of smoke. I was pleasantly surprised at the soft edges, medium body and glorious fruit that came through in such a young wine.
Surely, some of the low acid and fruit flavors came from the portion of the grapes that went through carbonic maceration. This process gives Beaujolais its fruity, soft character and it gives the Range Rider a “sip-ability” that will no doubt bring it public accolade in the months to come. It was an instant hit with me.
The label on the “Range Rider” shows a retro cowgirl on a pinto cow pony. The wine inside reflects her sunny smile and the supple strength of a Montana cowgirl. Folks who have pooh-poohed organic wines and have been skeptical of winemaking in the Rockies will have their heads swiveled around quite quickly by the “Range Rider.” Red. This beautiful wine has the versatility to match cedar plank salmon, grilled sausages or barbequed ribs. Look for it at local wine retailers in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. ($23) —Doug Badenoch, Wine Gallery, Bozeman, MT