In yet another sublime moment brought on by the 2012 vintage in Washington, this blog presents to you readers a star of the 2012 class!
Maison Bleue Winery has had its share of bumps and bruises lately but the current lineup brings the luster back to this emerging Washington stud winery with a rather spectacular southern Rhone-style blend at a price point that is befuddling, and thus, should be hoarded quickly before supplies dry up.
This is also another “don’t let the blasé label fool you” wine bottle that is encrusted with subtle complexity only an experienced connoisseur of white wines will appreciate. Translated: for you chardonnay yahoos and riesling weirdos, this is not the wine you are looking for. This is a wine made for Rhone buttrangers… deeply analytical flavors emanating from some of the most obscure grapes grown in Washington: grenache blanc and picpoul blanc. For those who have delved into the bland and generic white wines of the massive Columbia Valley AVA, this wine will revitalize the fatigued spirit of the palate with delightful and energetic vibrance like no other mass-produced, blue-collar, multi-vineyard schlock. This is the Columbia Valley AVA at its very best in expressing what are “wallflower” grapes in your other preferred grape-growing region.
What’s even crazier than drinking this now is that this blend will mature into something magical at this year’s Thanksgiving table (and maybe even next Thanksgiving). That’s right. This is not really a wine for Spring. It’s too much of a showstopper. Open this on a (oxymoron alert) warm April afternoon in the oxtail end of America and you will quickly forget the nuclear-ice cold orange sunset, which is precisely what you DON’T want in a wine while thawing out from the 2013-14 Wintergeddon. This is more like a wine you pour on (and lap up) your denuded significant other in the bathtub to detoxify from a Miley Cyrus concert. If only Amy Winehouse lived long enough to enjoy this baby…
Tasted at 48-54 degrees on the IR temp gun. Some serious “I mean business” bright lemon in the Riedel with overflowing aromas of apricot, peach, yellow rose of Texas, and Meyer lemon expose a thick and full-bodied profile of nectarine, almond, crushed rock, pineapple, lemon, and Granny Smith apple on an adequate spine of acid and suggesting hints of good aging ahead. Mmm Yeah! Paired with Trefoils (yummy), nachos (ta bueno), and chili (not bad).
Alcohol: 13.4%. Columbia Valley AVA. 50% marsanne, 23% roussanne, 18% grenache blanc, 9% picpoul blanc. Can only guess the vineyard sources include Boushey Vineyard, which would not be surprising. 311 cases. Something’s up at Maison Bleue so scoop this up before some dickweed monopolizes the stash. Power: 3/5. Balance: 3/5. Depth: 3/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 91. Value: $27. Paid: $16. Music pairing: “MMM Yeah” by Austin Mahone. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.