Well it's time for Sunday dinner, and since it's been so hot and humid here lately I've opted to cook indoors in the comfort of the air conditioning! Of course that also means it's a perfect temperature to enjoy a nice bottle of red wine, and tonight it's the 2012 Forgeron Cellars Facon Rouge, a blend of Grenache (35%), Syrah (35%) and Mourvedre (30%), aka GSM, from the Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley Washington.
The wine is a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is classic GSM with notes of leather, smoke and rich dark fruit. The taste is at first an explosion of dark fruit, blackberry, plum, marionberry and black cherry, that subsides momentarily for the emergence of white pepper spice and earthy mineral notes midpalate. The complex layers of fruit return for another round at the finish, with nicely integrated tannins providing for a voluptuous texture and long, smooth and very dry finish.
Overall I would rate this one a solid 8, I'm a sucker for a good GSM blend, and in my judgement Marie Eve and the folks at Forgeron really do an outstanding job. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a lovely summer dinner of seared sea scallops on a bed of baby arugula along with some oven roasted rainbow carrots and asparagus. The rich layered fruit in this wine offers a lovely contrast with the savory aspects of the veggies and the richness of the scallops. Cheers!