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Maison Bleue La Montagnette Grenache 2011


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The best Washington Grenache I've had, and I've been turning heads with it all week. The nose is awesome: crushed raspberry and strawberry, underbrush, white pepper and minerals. Vibrant and lush dark raspberry takes over and sings through the grilled herb-accented finish. It should have a long cellar life ahead of it (we've been sipping on it for 4 days now) but it's undeniably great right when opened. A March Big Reds Wine Club feature. - Marcus

2010 Tanzer - 92 points - Good bright red. Spicy cherry and raspberry aromas are lifted by floral and minty topnotes. Juicy, brisk and sharply delineated, with a positive high-toned quality to the red and darker berry flavors. Sweeter and fatter than the Jaja blend but also tighter and longer, finishing with suave tannins and lingering dark fruit and spice notes. Really lovely material and freshness here without any sullying influence of new oak (this wine spent ten months in five-year-old barrels). Superb New World grenache.

Wine Enthusiast - Displaying superb aromatics as always with Maison Bleue wines, this lacy, fine-tuned Grenache is still a bit raw. One gets the feeling that as good as the juicy young grape and berry flavors are, this wine has more complexity lurking below the surface. Berry, mineral and bright spices elevate the finish, much like a youthful Montsant. After 24+ hours of breathing, it was better than ever. - Paul Gregutt

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2008 La Montagnette Grenache is sourced from the Alder Ridge Vineyard. It was blended with 15% Syrah and aged in seasoned French oak for 10 months. Medium purple in color, it offers up aromas of kirsch, pepper, smoke, spice box, raspberry, and black cherry. On the palate it is full-bodied, opulent, and savory with layers of fruit, excellent balance, and plenty of volume. This lengthy wine can be enjoyed now but will evolve for several years. It is also an outstanding value.

Maison Bleue Family Winery may be the most compelling new producer uncovered in my 2010 trip to Washington. Former dentist Jon Martinez has become a full-time vigneron; he is the owner and grower of French Creek Vineyard near Prosser and two years ago he purchased 21 acres in Yakima Valley. All of the wines (with one exception) are produced from individual vineyards and the reds are bottled without fining or filtration. - Jay Miller

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