No detailed notes since we drank it about a week ago and I am just now recording it. It was a nice wine, similar to other MB we have had. Good for the price but nothing special. I do think it was better than I remembr the 2010 being.
This wine has rounded out into a smooth, silky SMG with red plum and cherry on the nose, a touch of pepper, and a big fruity palate that throws its weight around the middle, finishing bright and pure over just the right amount of tannin. This is very nice, but I can see why they didn't want to pitch it at $50.00. $29.00 is reasonable.
Thanksgiving Weekend!!: I bought a few of these at closeout for $18. After drinking twice, with consistent notes each time, I wish I had bought them all. There was no flagship Graviere made in 2011 and all the high end juice meant for that bottling went into this. The results are fantastic. The cool 2011 vintage definitely is showing it's influence here as this is high acidity wine with red fruit dominating up front and the mouvedre providing dark, savory and lavender notes on the mid-palate and finish. It is the interplay and mingling of the bright red fruit up front and the savory herbal on the middle and finish that gives this wine a fascinating complexity leagues above the price point. If you can find some, stock up - 91+.
Dark ruby red, very pure in color. Decanted 2 hours before tasting. Nose: moderately aromatic. Mainly dark fruits, tar and smoke. Good amount of heat on the nose, nothing herbal or floral of note. Palate: medium weight, smooth and barely perceptible grainy tannins. Great age on the wine, it's packed with integrated flavor that is palate coating. Fruit is on the darker side of cherries, plums and raspberries with a nice addition of burnt orange. Cocoa is present, too, along with just a hint of thyme. Nice moderate acidity. Finish: the "burnt" comes off the orange, which turns into blood orange that dominates. The acidity becomes more lively in this phase, as does the cocoa and thyme. Overall a very nice wine that has an appropriate amount of age and refinement. The syrah and grenache are evident, the mourvedre does not seem to leave much of an imprint on the wine. Very flavorful and enjoyable, but just meets the minimum requirement for depth and complexity at the price point.
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(Maison Bleue Jaja Red Wine Yakima Valley) The price has gone up again but so too has the quality. It’s a vibrant, complex wine with an endless list of aromatic notes including dark plums, peppery spice, herbs de Provence, citrus twist, freshly picked blackberries, and orange peel. The palate is textured and gravelly, rich but subdued with tart acidity. Just a baby now, it needs some time to mature but is worthy of a spot in your cellar and a place at your dinner table. 43% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre, and 22% Grenache. 1,200 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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