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Maison Bleue Winery Graviere Upland Vineyard GSM 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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14.6% ABV
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Critical Acclaim

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Graviere G.S.M. is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, and 25% Mourvedre sourced from the Upland Vineyard and aged in seasoned French oak for 10 months. Underbrush, brier, pepper (white and black), black cherry, and blueberry notes are followed by a layered, loaded, succulent wine that craftily combines elegance and power.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Jon Martinez, who arrived in Washington barely six years ago, is knocking the ball out of the park. Improving with each new release, he has locked in a stellar collection of vineyards, and made Rhone-style wines his focus. This is a revelation. Pure berries, cassis, rock, earth, licorice, and a hint of baking spices. Gorgeous.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Tangy style balances ripe, vivid blackberry and cherry flavors with vibrant acidity and refined tannins, picking up a hint of coffee on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre.
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Maison Bleue Winery

Maison Bleue Winery

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Maison Bleue Winery, Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Maison Bleue is a family-owned winery dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from the Walla Walla Valley and beyond. They focus primarily on Rhone varieties such as Grenache and Syrah, as well as Red Blends. Their winemaking is an uncompromised style of traditional techniques, gentle handling and a modest use of French oak. Their wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.

Snipes Mountain

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A seven-mile long anticline ridge with a peak at nearly 1,300 feet, the Snipes Mountain AVA has rocky soils and is home to about 30 different grape varieties. It was also one of the first regions in Washington State to plant Semillon and Pinot noir.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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