The Walla Walla Valley AVA and Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA were selected as the locations for Maison Bleue to position it amongst high quality vineyards and grape sources. The vineyards we’ve selected practice responsible viticulture, ranging from organic to sustainable management. Our style of winemaking focuses on the distinction of these sites as well as achieving true varietal characteristics.
Maison Bleue Estate Vineyard
Our Estate Vineyard was planted in 2018 with 15-acres of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. It is located at the entrance to the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA and sits at one of the higher elevations to minimize frost damage. The site also features some of the largest stones in the appellation, because it was in the center of the path of the Walla Walla River where the water was moving the swiftest to leave these large deposits. Our first harvest off our Estate will be 2020.
Stone Valley Vineyard
Stone Valley Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards planted in The Rocks District by Tom Waliser. The original plantings date back to 2002 with Syrah added shortly thereafter. The vineyard lies within an alluvial fan of cobblestones derived from thousands of years of glacial flooding. These basalt cobblestones are up to 20 – 60 feet deep and are intermixed with silt loam, sand and gravel. This vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon-Safe and VINEA certified. Our Gravière Syrah is a single vineyard designate from the Stone Valley Vineyard that shows the traditional “Rocks” profile of meatiness, savory and earth, with dense core of black fruits.
Funk Estate Vineyard
The Funk Estate Vineyard was planted in 2007 and is one of the warmer sites in The Rocks District. There is a gentle slope to the site which provides for good air drainage. The soils consist of cobblestones derived from thousands of years of glacial flooding which can lie at depths of 20 – 60 feet deep and are intermixed with silt loam, sand and gravel. The vines at this site are trained using a quadrilateral system which helps to control the light exposure and air flow, resulting in lighter cluster weights and smaller berries. Our small-lot Frontière Syrah is a single vineyard Syrah sourced from the Funk Estate.
Yellow Jacket Vineyard
This is the second oldest Syrah to have been planted in The Rocks District by Tom Waliser. The original planting of Cabernet Sauvignon goes back to 1997 with Syrah added in 2001. While soils throughout much of the appellation are derived from Missoula Flood sediments that are rich in granite-derived silica, sodium, and potassium, Yellow Jacket Vineyard sediments are derived from Blue Mountains basalt loaded with iron, magnesium and calcium. Yellow Jacket Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices.
Planted in the late 1990s, the LeFore Vineyard in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater is now one of the estate vineyards for Doubleback and Bledsoe Family Wines. With an elevation of 970 feet it sits at a higher elevation for the appellation and the soils consist of free water cobbly loam. Syrah from the LeFore Vineyard is used for our Voyageur Syrah.
Les Collines Vineyard
French for "The Foothills," Les Collines sits at the base of the Blue Mountains with an upper elevation of 1,380 feet. The two distinct soil types for this vineyard are a combination of Athena and Walla Walla silt loam. Block 46, our source for Syrah, is located at the upper elevation and is predominately composed of Athena series. It consists of deep, well drained soils that formed in loess mixed with volcanic ash. Les Collines Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon-Safe and LIVE certified. Salmon-Safe and LIVE are partners dedicated to restoring and maintaining healthy watersheds. LIVE (Low Input Viticulture Enology) is a non profit organization providing education and certification for vineyards using international standards of sustainable viticulture practices in wine grape production. A cool climate vineyard that shows a Burgundian side to Syrah with a fine line between power and elegance. Violets, lavender, black licorice, pine tar and morel mushrooms combine with dense, blue fruit flavors.