Full Pull Yellow Jacket

Hello friends. Very exciting offer today, as we have Jon Meuret’s first foray into single-vineyard Rocks District fruit. Better yet: it comes with a price starting with a ‘3’. And better still: our list has dibs on this small-production (196 cases) beauty. This will be released more broadly in the weeks and months to come, but first, we have the opportunity to stake our claim:

2013 Maison Bleue Voyageur Syrah Yellow Jacket Vineyard
Jon is such a gifted winemaker. In the past few years, we’ve seen it with Grenache (2012 Bourgeois); we’ve seen it with Rhone blends (Metis); and most recently, we’ve seen it with his wonderful foray into Burgundian varieties via his Domaine J. Meuret label.

But it has been almost exactly two years since we have seen it with Syrah (June 18, 2014 was our last Maison Bleue Syrah offer). And a compelling argument could be made that the finest expression of Jon’s winemaking over the years has been his single-vineyard Syrahs. That’s why I’m thrilled to be writing about today’s wine.

After years of producing peaches and apples for the Waliser family, Yellow Jacket Vineyard was first planted to wine grapes down in the Rocks in 1999. Cabernet Sauvignon went in first, and Syrah followed two years later, in 2001, making these some of the oldest Syrah vines in this tiny, wonderful district. As you can see from the vineyard location, this site sits smack in the middle of the Rocks District.

This was fermented with 75% whole clusters and then aged in large (450-liter) French oak (30% new) for 21 months. The nose kicks off with blackberry fruit, lovely loamy earthy notes, and an unmistakable thread of black olive. In the mouth, this has the signature Rocks high-pH mouthfeel: liquid silk, so full of pleasure, such an easy wine to love. It also possesses that wonderful Rocks sense of umami: like someone added a tablespoon of miso paste to the barrel. There are savory subtleties galore here. The one I jotted down was “country ham,” and that’s just one attempt to capture all the salty meaty glories swirling around in this wine.

It is becoming rarer and rarer still to access single-vineyard Rocks Syrah at anything less than $50. That’s going to put some sales pressure on this wine. And when reviews start to come out (none yet for this beauty), I suspect that will be all she wrote. But for now, we have access to a robust parcel, so first come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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