If you like red blends then head to Whole Foods stat because this blend is really nice for the sale price of $10. I saw the bottle and thought it sounded intriguing being a blend of Grenache and Syrah and it didn’t disappoint. Marius 2014 Rouge is complex and perfect for winter foods.
Marius 2014 Rouge comes in at 13.5% ABV. The wine is aged in French oak though I’m not sure if it’s new oak or neutral oak. The blend is comprised of 56% Grenache and 44% Syrah. If you are a reader of my blog regularly, you’ll know I’m often not impressed by 100% Syrah as they can often be too meaty, tar-like, overly tart and with heavy tannins that don’t integrate well. On the other hand, I tend to love it blended with something else. I aerated the wine with my Vinturi and I’d recommend letting it stand even a bit after that. Chilling the wine is a must down about 55 degrees because you need to give it few moments past aeration to let it breathe. When the wine was opened I got a jammy fruit blend scent. The wine is an inky violet with a red violet rim and hint of a sheen.
Marius 2014 Rouge has a complex and full nose. It’s jammy and full of black fruits like blackberries, boysenberries, dark cherries and hints chocolate, cedar, dried red fruits, and espresso. The flavor of the wine is much like the nose, but you get a whole spectrum of forest flavors and well as vegetal flavors. There is a clear mushroom note, roasted tomatoes, with hints of herbs, olives, and menthol. The tannins and the acid are moderate and pleasing. The finish is insanely long with vegetal, mineral, and woody flavors with hints of coffee and a very dry savory vanilla. The body is nice and rich but not heavy. The Marius 2014 Rouge is very dry. This is a great pairing for red meat or hearty mushrooms and some roasted vegetables.
The Marius 2014 Rouge is a good jumping off point for those of you looking to get off the fruity wine train and into something with more interesting flavors. Even though it’s got a complex flavor, it’s very approachable. I drank this wine over two days and I actually liked it better the second day and combined with the screw top, it’s easy for you to enjoy it as a single person over a few days. My initial impression was 87 points and the next day was 88 (an additional pepper note took root). Take that at what it is and buy it. I think many of you more serious wine lovers will enjoy it as it’s not some version of adult kool aid. The rest just be warned this isn’t you’re average under $10 bottle of spiked fruit juice.
Have you tried Marius 2014 Rouge? Let us know if you have and what you thought of it!