Tightly wound in its youth, our 2018 Métier (now called Le Dessein) eventually concedes, opening to reveal ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit aromas intermingled with fierce sauvage aromas of lavender, charcuterie and fennel pollen. The initial impression on the palate is incredibly deceiving, as light, soft vanilla and red fruit flavors surrender to an explosive mid-palate fully packed with red plum, anise, tapenade and cedar. Hedonistic and generous, this stunning effort builds beautifully.
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— James Suckling
“Blackberry and tar with some spice on the nose. Bark, too. Full-to medium-bodied with round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Rather creamy and delicious. 50% mourvedre, 28% grenache, 20% syrah and 2% cinsault. Drink now or hold.”
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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.