Coral Wines 2013 Rhone Style White and Rhone Style Red
Fellow wine lovers, we enjoyed a big bold Malbec with our previous feature, so now the pendulum is swinging completely to the opposite side of the spectrum with something very light and delicate. There is a brand new Washington winery called Coral Wines, with a focus on elegant wines which are fresh and minerally – something great for the Spring and Summer. An old friend of mine and former Sommelier at the Rainier Club, Christopher Chan, is just launching this new set of wines.
For those who are fans of Jon Meuret and his Maison Bleue Winery, this wine is actually made by him, in the style of his Metis Blanc which sells for $30. Like all of the white wines made by Jon Meuret, this one is beautiful example of a crisp and mineral Washington white wine.
A Rhone style blend of 37% Marsanne, 27% Viognier, 24% Grenache Blanc, and 12% Roussanne, it has classic notes of stone fruit, citrus, and orange blossoms on the nose, with an essence of peach, apricot, and nectarine. This white wine is aged in 100% Neutral French Oak for 7 months, making for a palate that is rich and creamy, with a medium-full bodied mouthfeel, and hints of toast and brioche bread. The finish is dry, with moderate acidity and a hint of pebble stones. Certainly a great wine with shellfish and other seafood.
Only 400 cases of the Coral Wines White were made.
Coral Wines 2013 White Wine
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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Boushey, Arthur’s, and Olsen Vineyard
Grape: 37% Marsanne, 27% Viognier, 24% Grenache Blanc, and 12% Roussanne
Aging: 100% Neutral French Oak for 7 months
Drinkability: Now through 2018
Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Rhone Style Whites, Maison Bleue Winery Metis Blanc
Food Pairings: Oysters, Cheese and Nuts, Grilled Prawns
Production: 400 cases
The Coral Wines Rhone Style Red is, again, made by Jon Meuret of Maison Bleue Winery. This is similar to his Metis Rouge GSM, which is a Southern Rhone Style red blend typically going for $40. Once more, a wine with a very light touch, it approached the softness of a Pinot Noir. A blend of 56% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 14% Mourvèdre, the fruit is harvested from top vineyards in the Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys such as Boushey, Olsen, and Pepper Bridge. Aged in 100% Neutral French oak 12 months, there is no new oak on this red, so there are no qualities of heaviness. This is a great red for a sunny day on the patio; you can even drink it with a slight chill.
In the glass, the color is a very light ruby hue, again, much like a Pinot Noir. The nose demonstrates pretty aromas of rose petals and candied cherries, with hints of herbs de Provence. The delicate palate is medium-light in body, showing notes of juicy raspberries and red cherries, hints of bramble bush, thyme, and spice, leading to a finish of crushed rocks with a bit of grip in the end.
Only 200 cases of the Coral Wines Red were made.
Coral Wines 2013 Red Wine
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Region: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: Boushey, Olsen, Pepper Bridge, and others
Grape: 56% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 14% Mourvèdre
Aging: 100% Neutral French oak 12 months
Drinkability: Now through 2019
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Southern Rhone Reds, Maison Bleue Winery Metis Rouge
Food Pairings: Grilled Veggies, Pork, Wild Boar Ragu
Production: 200 cases