Welcome to the The Swine on Wine. Let’s start the oinking with a ruby red, Rhone-style wine from Maison Bleue Family Winery.
Some of our favorite bottles have been from Maison Bleue. This Washington winery specializes in terroir-driven wines which are wines crafted to express a certain place. In the case of Maison Bleue Winery (and we do wish we could get our paws on cases of some of their bottles that we’ve sampled) the resulting wines are poetic, balanced and complex. Allowing that soil to speak is definitely a good idea. Now…on to the tasting:
Maison Bleue 2009 “Le Midi” Boushey Vineyard Grenache Yakima Valley80 percent Grenache, 20 percent Syrah Cases produced: 126
A bright, light tartness hits you right up front then transitions to support round ruby fruit, mineral sparks. A peppery low note anchors this wine from first taste and through to a slightly dry finish. This red has a strong, clear presence and alongside an Indian-spiced (garam masala, curry, cumin) rack of lamb the Maison Bleue 2009 “Le Midi” Boushey Vineyard Grenache was killer.
This wine is balanced so well that it’s totally enjoyable alone, sans food, too.
While this particular bottle is gonna be difficult to track down, we’ve enjoyed Maison Bleue wines so much that we’d recommend trying any other Maison Bleue offering. We’ll definitely continue trying their wines without hesitation.