Townshend Cellar has a hit with Vortex, a non-vintage Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It was recommended by a grocery store wine guy and he was oh-so right. I had a past affair with the T3, which is one of Townshend's most popular blends, so let's just say I knew I was going to like Vortex. Vortex is lighter-style red with essences of blueberries and some raspberries. As you may know, wines are named after the grape, but when its a blend the wine maker gets to name it. A vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow.Perfect title for an aromic wine just swirled in the glass.
I am also a huge fan of the Huckleberry Port which posses aromas of dried black currant, huckleberry, fig and black cherry with a hint of licorice. The huckleberry, chocolate, coffee and black currant linger on making this a delicious port style wine. We all know it's the local favorite wild huckleberries from North Idaho that makes this a port to covet and crave.
This winery is definitely one to watch as the wines are consistently good. The winery has grown from two barrels of wine in 1998 to over 10,000 cases of wine today and offers over 20 different wines.