Fraser Vineyard, arguably Idaho’s most coveted site for Cabernet Sauvignon, will remain in the hands of award-winning winemaker Greg Koenig four more years, and perhaps longer.
“The name ‘Fraser Vineyard’ absolutely piques the attention of consumers in the Snake River Valley. Their eyes light up,” Koenig told Great Northwest Wine. “That Cab has been a very important single-vineyard wine in Idaho, and I plan to keep that tradition alive.”
Bev Fraser, owner of Fraser Vineyard, said she looks forward to seeing her vineyard’s name associated with Koenig’s winery in Idaho’s Snake River Valley.
“I’m very pleased by this,” Fraser said. “We’ve been working on this for a while, and I can’t think of a better arrangement. I think he’s going to be very easy to work with.”
Koenig long has admired the effort Bev and her ex-husband, Bill Fraser, put into their vineyard and wines, and the Caldwell winemaker began working with the fruit last year. At this point, he’s doting on his eight barrels of Koenig Vineyards 2014 Fraser Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
“I’m thrilled with the fruit, and we’re always a little short on Cab in Idaho,” Koenig said. “It’s a special little piece of dirt up there, and despite all the damage in the vineyards in Idaho this year, it’s in great shape.”