Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Estate Grown 2005

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Nose of rich blackberry jam. Accented with a slight grilled herb-tinged black currant. Light flecks of vanilla aroma and some bitter chocolate. Upon first opening, palate was a bit stewed with lots of black plum skin and flesh. Opened up after a while to reveal mouth-watering gobs of ripe berry juice. Dark flavors of black currant, blackberry and black plum. Some chalky minerality on the mid palate. Still retains good acidity and tannin levels and stood up wonderfully to a steak. Leaves a nice long finish with juicy acidity. Drinking window is closing I think as this has peaked and is beginning its decline as slight tertiary flavors are emerging. 87 pts. 5/27/13

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Gordon Brothers:
In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on a sagebrush-covered slope overlooking the Snake River in southeastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. In 1985, he released his first small lot of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines, and today the Gordon Brothers brand is growing in both production and acclaim. Before planting the vine... Read more
In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on a sagebrush-covered slope overlooking the Snake River in southeastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. In 1985, he released his first small lot of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines, and today the Gordon Brothers brand is growing in both production and acclaim. Before planting the vineyard, Jeff sought out the expertise of Walt Clore, the “Father of Washington Wine.” Together the two inspected a 200-acre parcel of sagebrush-covered land near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Walt strongly approved of the land that would soon become Gordon Brothers. At the time the vineyard was planted, there were 19 wineries in Washington and less than 5,000 acres of winegrapes in production. Jeff and Vicki quickly fell in love with the camaraderie of the small, but remarkably supportive winemaking community. Now, the Washington wine industry has grown to over 300 wineries and 30,000+ acres of winegrapes, but the Washington industry still maintains its solidarity. Along the way, there have been a few changes. In 1998 Jeff’s brother Bill retired. That same year a new wine production facility was built on the vineyard that greatly centralized all aspects of the winemaking process. In 2001, Jeff’s daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Marc Nelson, joined the family business. Marc manages the vineyard along with the organic cherries, potatoes, melons, corn and alfalfa. Katie is the Director of Marketing for the winery. Read less

Member Reviews for Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Estate Grown

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
05/27/2013

Nose of rich blackberry jam. Accented with a slight grilled herb-tinged black currant. Light flecks of vanilla aroma and some bitter chocolate. Upon first opening, palate was a bit stewed with lots of black plum skin and flesh. Opened up after a while to reveal mouth-watering gobs of ripe berry juice. Dark flavors of black currant, blackberry and black plum. Some chalky minerality on the mid palate. Still retains good acidity and tannin levels and stood up wonderfully to a steak. Leaves a nice long finish with juicy acidity. Drinking window is closing I think as this has peaked and is beginning its decline as slight tertiary flavors are emerging. 87 pts. 5/27/13


Snooth User: judgelog
34584867
4.50 5
11/25/2007

This is a monster cab! We had this after a very nice Irony Cab and the contrast was surprising. The Gordon Cab was superior, with more complexity and an amazing nose. It has lots of black fruit, controlled tannins and a very long finish. It is very fruit-forward but not overly jammy. Outstanding value.


Snooth User: panky
31010448
4.50 5
11/24/2009

fantastic for the price... very tasty fruty complex...


Snooth User: poosa
56907693
0.50 5
04/11/2011

One half glass




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