Meh. I had to remind myself to re-calibrate expectations as this is, after all, a base-line blend for MB. Sean Sullivan's praise is overrated on this wine, IMO (and he's rarely wrong in my opinion). The best thing about this wine is its nice fresh fruit profile. However, it still lacks much depth and complexity. It tastes just like I remember it tasting last time I had it. I probably won't buy again, as it's not good enough to pay mid-$20s for going forward.
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(Maison Bleue Jaja Red Wine Yakima Valley) Pale ruby. An aromatic wine full of black and red raspberries, white pepper, plum, violets, and sage. The palate is tart and textured, chock full of drawn out red fruit flavors and floral notes with a white pepper filled finish. Considerably more gravitas than the 2009 and a wine that will only benefit from a few years in the cellar. 37% Grenache, 37% Syrah, and 26% Mourvedre. Boushey and Upland vineyards. 30% whole berries. Aged 10 months in two to five-year old French oak. Racked once with regular lees stirring. 14.5% alcohol. 390 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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