Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon – 99 Points!

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Varietal

43% Mourvèdre
39% Grenache
18% Syrah

Appellation

Columbia Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 8+ Years

Vineyard

Boushey
StoneTree
Ciel du Cheval

2021 Le Dessein

Our 2021 Le Dessein is packed full of vibrant fruit aromas like wild strawberry, black plum and fresh raspberry. The palate begins softly and effortlessly transitions to a plush mid-palate backed by energetic acid, and finishes with broad tannins. Syrah contributes a gamey quality and sweet smoke, while the Mourvèdre brings big brambly flavors. The Grenache brightens the blend and is responsible for candied red fruit flavors.  Drink now or cellar confidently for 8+ years.

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92 Points (Previous Vintage)

— Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spirits

92 Points (Previous Vintage)

This is a blend of mourvedre, grenache and syrah from Boushey, Stone Tree and Ciel du Cheval Vineyards, with the mourvedre leading the way in grainy red-strawberry scents and translucent red fruits. It’s high toned, mildly smoky with cherry-tobacco flavors. For roast chicken.

December 2022

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Pairing Suggestion

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

2021 Le Dessein

Nowhere is crafting a wine of intention more evident than in Le Dessein (the purpose), 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, (formerly known as Métier).

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Vineyards

Boushey Vineyard

Vineyards

Winemaking

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.