Happy Sunday! It sure feels like summer here, and it's supposed to be above 90 degrees for the next 5 days! Given the heat, it seems like a nice time to open some lighter, more summer friendly red wines, and tonight's is a treat. The 2014 Maison Bleue "Bourgeois" Grenache is a 100% Grenache from Monette's Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington, so let's see how this one tastes!
The wine is somewhat lighter in color with vivid garnet color and great clarity, as you'd expect for a nice Grenache. The nose offers aromas of red currant, kirsch with undertones of earth and white pepper spice. The taste is wonderfully light, with a lively bit of red fruit up front, cherry, raspberry and currant that transitions nicely to some notes of peppery spice, and earthy notes of peat and pipe tobacco midpalate. The fine grain tannins offer great support for the long, smooth and very dry finish that beckons you for another sip.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5 as it's just a light, pleasant and complex red wine for summer that pairs well with food, but could also be easily sipped on the patio on a nice warm evening. This wine would be great with pasta, summer salads or seafood. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a lovely cedar planked sockeye salmon with a maple glaze along with some steamed asparagus and jasmine rice. The fruit and acidity are perfect against the richness of the salmon, cheers!