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44% Mourvèdre
36% Grenache
20% Syrah


Columbia Valley AVA


Drink Now or Age 8+ Years


Ciel du Cheval

2022 Le Dessein

Our 2022 Le Dessein allows the classic marriage of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah to shine with bright red fruit and warm spices. The nose is bright, opening with a burst of pomegranate and strawberry-rhubarb aromas. Syrah contributes sweet spices like cinnamon and clove, while the Mourvèdre brings big brambly flavors. The Grenache brightens the blend and is responsible for candied red fruit flavors. The balance between these three varietals is displayed on the palate, as the broad yet velvety structure combines effortlessly with the lively acidity to give the wine length and continued bursts of flavor. This wine is energetic and enjoyable in its youth, and it can also cellar gracefully for 8+ years.


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Previous Vintage – 93 Points

— Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

Previous Vintage – 93 Points

A graceful, detailed blend, with supple raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by garrigue, licorice and black pepper. Ends with polished tannins. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2031.

March 2024

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Pairing Suggestion

Spanish Paella — Roasted, spice-driven vegetable dishes like Spanish Paella, Morrocan Chicken or Smoked Cauliflower Steaks are fantastic pairing options. We recommend avoiding seafoods, however Tuna and even Salmon with rich sauces can pair nicely.

Behind the Wine

2022 Le Dessein

Nowhere is crafting a wine of intention more evident than in Le Dessein (the purpose), a wine mirrored after traditional Southern Rhone-style blends. This wine combines old world characteristics with the focus and ripe terroir of the Columbia Valley. In the true spirit of its namesake, the goal in crafting Le Dessein is for the expression of each varietal to be elevated within the blend. First vintage 2005, (formerly known as Métier).


Boushey Vineyard



Cold soaked for 24-36 hours. Fermented on skin 10-12 days. Individual lots aged separately for 16 months in neutral oak. Barrels are tasted and selected for the blend just prior to bottling. Bottle aged 4 months prior to release.