The nose of the 2016 Métier manages to show elements of each of its major component varietals – ripe raspberries of Grenache, dark, wild sauvage of Mourvèdre, and a breath of violets from Syrah. Herbs de Provence, eucalyptus and green peppercorn add a savory note to an intensely fruit-driven mid palate. Untamed, linear tannins support these enduring fruit flavors through a long finish, leaving an evocative impression of this wine’s elegance.
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— Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
Dark red with ruby highlights. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and tree bark, plus a spicy nuance. Combines compelling spicy intensity and serious thickness of texture, with its red berry and spice flavors showing virtually no greenness. Concentrated, broad, rich and long, finished with substantial dusty tannins.
— Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, November 2018
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
2016 Métier 5L
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.