2005 Morrison Lane 33 1/3 Walla Walla Valley

We fell in love with this wine when we first tasted it in April 2009. This is an unusual yet intensely flavored wine blend of Rhone varietals. It is a blend of 1/3rd Counoise (pronounced koon-WAHZ), 1/3rd Syrah and 1/3rd Viognier. It has the nose of the Viognier, the taste of the Counoise and the pepper finish of a Syrah. This intense wine has an alcohol content of 15.3% yet due to the 1/3 Viognier it is incredibly smooth.

Aptly named “33 1/3″ Morrison lane sells this wine for $33.33 and it will be featured on Northwest Wine Quest in June 2009. Tonight I paired it with a Rib-eye steak that I slightly seasoned with “Maurer’s Essence of the Southwest “ spicy rub and grilled to medium rare. The spicy yet pepper richness of the beef preparation met the richness of this unique varietal blend. I added a nice green salad with feta cheese, fresh tomatoes and a blend of fig balsamic vinegar with Olive Oil. An incredible/tasty match.

Buy Morrison Lane 33 1/3 at Northwest Wine Quest

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