|This is the front of the Mark Ryan tasting room, with new motorcycle!|
After Mark Ryan, I went to a tasting room that was new for me, Spring Valley Vineyard. I've seen the Uriah and Frederick available at my local wine store, but I was fascinated by the family history presented by their wines, with the flagship wines named after Spring Valley founder Uriah Corkrum and his son Frederick. They had some really nice blends, including the Uriah, which was a great Merlot dominated blend as well as the Muleskinner, which was a really nice Merlot. Needless to say, I couldn't escape without buying a half case to bring home!
|This is the Maison Bleue tasting room, very French and very comfortable!|
The last stop was the Maison Bleue Tasting room, where Mike took me through their fantastic array of wines based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. We tasted the 2012 Metis, a blend of Syrah (70%), Grenache (25%) AND Mourvedre (5%) which was very nice. Next was the 2012 Bourgeois, a blend of Grenache (90%) and Mourvedre (10%) that I really liked when I reviewed it in June (Click on the Link for that one), but Mike had just opened this bottle and it needed some time to open up. The last wine we tasted was the 2012 Voyageur Syrah (100%) which was so nice, probably my favorite wine we tasted.
That was my last day of tasting, but fear not, this is not my last post of my trip. I've saved the best to last, so we can wrap up Washington Wine Month with a blast tomorrow!