Happy Wine Wednesday! I just got back from the gym and am ready for a nice dinner and a glass of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a recent wine club selection from Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, the 2014 Facon Rouge. This wine is a GSM blend of Syrah (58%), Mourvedre (26%) and Grenache (16%) from the Columbia Valley of Washington, so let's see how this one stacks up!
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is a lovely cascade of fresh herbs, peppercorn, berries and a bit of smoke. The taste is a lovely combination of ripe berries up front along with some wonderful spice notes that transitions nicely to some notes of bergamot and tea leaves. The tannins are young but nicely structured for the long, smooth and voluptuous finish that simply beckons you for another sip.
Overall, I would rate this one a solid 8, as it's a very young GSM blend with some good potential to improve with a bit of time in the cellar. This would pair well with a variety of dishes from summer barbecue to hearty pasta. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some Trader Joe's lobster ravioli with some pesto cream sauce topped with shaved parmesan and a baby arugula salad. Cheers!