This is a vintage that is full of clean, youthful aromas of deep raspberries, violets, strawberries and menthol. It keeps coming with jammy blackberry and raspberry flavors along with sweet apple and smoked bacon showing an additional layer of diverse spices from cracked black pepper to rosemary. Pure and focused now, this wine will continue to reward with short-term aging.
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— Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
A final blend of 40% Mourvedre, 37% Grenache, 19% Syrah and the balance Cinsault, the 2014 Metier is beautiful, with a voluptuous, rich yet still graceful and lively style. Offering up lots of raspberry, spice, herbes de Provence and licorice aromatics, this medium to full-bodied beauty is impeccably balanced, has no hard edges and a great finish. I’d happily drink bottles over the coming 6-7 years, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep longer. — Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Spanish Paella — Roasted, spice-driven vegetable dishes like Spanish Paella, Morrocan Chicken or Smoked Cauliflower Steaks are fantastic pairing options. We recommend avoiding seafoods, however Tuna and even Salmon with rich sauces can pair nicely.
Behind the Wine
Nowhere is crafting a wine of intention more evident than in Métier (craft, trade, forte), a wine mirrored after traditional Southern Rhone-style blends. This wine combines old-world characteristics with the focus and ripe terroir of the Columbia Valley. In the true spirit of its namesake, the goal in crafting Le Dessein is for the expression of each varietal to be elevated within the blend. First vintage 2005, (now known as Le Dessein).
Cold soaked for 24-36 hours. Fermented on skin 10-12 days. Individual lots aged separately for 15 months before barrel selected for the blend just prior to bottling. 100% Large format and neutral barrels.