Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Well, my day was rather uneventful as I spend most of the afternoon doing work, but now it's time to relax with a nice dinner and a glass of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2013 Maison Bleue Bourgeois Grenache, a limited production (187 cases) 100% Grenache made with fruit from the Boushey and Monette's Vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Washington. I reviewed the 2012 vintage (see here) about a year ago, so let's see what this vintage has to offer!
The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of raspberry, red currant, white pepper and slate. The taste is a refreshing burst of fruit, raspberry, currant and tart cherry that transitions to some wonderful flavors of white pepper and smoke midpalate. The finish is delightful, as the robust tannins provide for a bit of spice on the smooth, dry finish that keeps you wanting more.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as I just love the Grenache that's produced by Maison Bleue! This wine would be ideal for somewhat lighter fare, perfect for summer drinking with fresh fish or seafood. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with sea scallops seared with toasted sesame oil on a bed of fresh spinach along with herb roasted fingerling potatoes and steamed Brussels sprouts. The fruit of this wine really accents the richness of the scallops and the spice of the potatoes. Cheers!