Happy Tuesday! I just got home from the gym now it's time for a bit of wine and dinner. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2012 DaMaNation Red wine, a lovely GSM blend from DaMa Wines of Walla Walla. This particular vintage is a blend of Grenache (55%), Mourvedre (23%) and Syrah (22%) from the Columbia Valley of Washington. So let's see how she tastes!
The wine is a bright ruby in the glass with great clarity. The nose presents aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum with some floral notes over the top. The taste is very nice, with a rush of luscious ripe fruit at the outset that transitions nicely to some notes of earth and olive midpalate. The Mourvedre provides some lovely structure to the tannins that form a base for the long, smooth, very dry finish, with a reprise of cherry cola at the very end.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a consistent, quality GSM effort that doesn't disappoint from year to year. The wine would pair well with a variety of Mediterranean dishes or a great steak, which is a good thing since tonight I am enjoying this wine with a rare grilled dry aged prime shell steak, baked potato with sour cream and chives and steamed Brussels sprouts. Cheers!