Happy wine Tuesday! I know I'm a day early for Wine Wednesday, but what the heck? Tonight I have decided to open a recent wine club selection from Maison Bleue Winery, one of my emerging favorite producers of Grenache, Syrah and GSM blends. Now it's the 2014 Maison Bleue Voyageur Syrah, a blend of 100% Syrah from the Yellow Jacket Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington. So let's see how this wine tastes!
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with just the heft you'd like to see from a nice Syrah. The nose is chock full of violets, blueberry and blackberry overlaid with hints of smoke and black pepper spice. The taste a rush of ripe berries, that transitions nicely to some fresh herbs and chipotle spice midpalate. There is a bit of a reprise of fruit and a bit of kirsch on the finish, with the soft tannins supporting the long, smooth and very dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's just a pleasure to drink and a fine example of what this varietal can achieve on its own. This wine would pair exceedingly well with a variety of hearty dishes, but could hold up just as well to some lighter fare for the summer. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a lovely cedar planked wild Alaskan Sockeye filet along with some garlic scapes and broccoli rabe sauteed in olive oil and tossed with linguine and parmesan. The ripe fruit and spice notes of the wine play exceedingly well with the richness of good wild salmon. Cheers!