Wine Review: 2009 Mackey Concordia Columbia Valley Red Blend

What a pleasure it was to have the opportunity to try these wines from the Mackey Vineyards in Washington State. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah was previously reviewed a few posts back. There is dark brambly fruit and root beer float aromas prevalent in this awesome Columbia Valley Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend.  The Mackey brothers label it as Concordia, which is Latin for harmony.

Stop your wine geek heads from spinning and yes, I described this wine as having “root beer float” flavors. WhaaatTF?? Describing wine as a soda drink does sound a little weird, but I often resemble that remark; the weird part not the soda drink. Hey!!! Vanilla, sassafras and other herb flavors (think pleasurable Fernet Branca memories) mingled with malolactic type creaminess all framed in a dark intense black and blue berry frame aptly describes this wine at this time for me. Needless to say, I was inspired by this wine. It sang its song in harmony, clearly and loudly throughout the entire Concordia experience.  This wine deserves an all-out, pull out the stops, “Celebrate Hospitality with Pride” culinary extravaganza.

I served Oregon lamb loin chops rubbed with fresh garlic, shallot and thyme, then grilled them at 800F on the bone side and fat side only. Warning! DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE GRILL! AT THIS TEMP YOU CAN RENDER MEAT COMPLETELY INEDIBLE IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES.

Press down on meat to determine doneness
Rest 4 minutes
Serve on heated plates

We chose to accompany this meal with butternut squash bacon hash with roasted Padron peppers, caramelized Walla Walla onions and a brunoise of roasted red pepper for color. This recipe may sound a little daunting; however, a wine of this caliber deserves a lot of respect. It was a pleasure to prepare a meal that showcased the flavors of this fabulous wine.

I also served an Amontadillo Sherry shallot reduction sauce with the lamb. The nut and sweet onion flavor brought the whole symphony of flavors together in a way that was unforgettable. Try the combination—it will be a memorable experience. If you are young, definitely eat and drink this combination together—you will remember it forever. If you are old, this will be a memory to hold on to. If you are somewhere in-between, rejoice in your knowledge and ability to laugh as you learn and always remember to Live well, Eat well, Drink well.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $38 | 14.9% ABV

Mackey Concordia Columbia Valley



About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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