Once again the weekend is coming to a close, so why not make the best of it with a bottle of Northwest wine? Tonight's selection is a little different, as it's a multi-vintage wine from Domaine Serene, produced from the best grapes and vintages from two vineyard sites in the Walla Walla region of Oregon. And for those unfamiliar with the area, Walla Walla is just a few miles north of the Oregon border and fortunately good wine grapes don't stop growing once you reach Oregon! The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Seven Hills and Stone Valley Vineyards in Oregon. As a non-vintage wine, this one should be interesting.
The wine has a nice deep, inky purple color at the center, leading to a bright ruby along the edges. The nose is at first a spicy sweetness, with black pepper and blueberries that ease into some hints of smoke, cocoa powder and a touch of lavender. The taste is wonderfully complex, with some spice and floral notes up front that transitions smoothly to blueberries and black plum midpalate. The tannins are somewhat rustic and smoky that suppose a silky finish that lingers on the palate. Very pleasant to sip at the end of a long day!
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a lovely example of Walla Walla Valley Syrah that shows a lot of complexity. The only real negative I can see with this wine is the price, as I paid $33 for this bottle at my local wine merchant, G.B. Russo's, so it's clearly not an everyday wine if you're on a budget! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a simple Sunday dinner of salad, herb roasted chicken breast and some steamed fingerling potatoes with butter and parsley. The rich blue fruit and spice of this wine make a nice foil to the more subdued flavors of chicken and potatoes. Cheers!