Gordon Brothers Merlot Columbia Valley Estate Grown 2006
The bright garnet color of this wine lends instant appeal. A rich, toasty oak, combined with lush, concentrated dark cherry and berry aromas greet the nose. Flavors of chocolate, spice and plum linger on the palate. This bold Merlot has a rich, well-balanced mouth-feel, and a wonderful smooth finish. This is a great wine to pair with your favorite grilled meats and a Bolognese pasta sauce.
A lot of pleasant surprises for a Merlot: full-bodied, well-structured, and sophisticated. But as I drink it further, I wonder if the mystery that I'm trying to put my finger on comes from nuance of flavor or a mask of strong plum, blueberry and oak notes that obscure nothing at all.
External Reviews for Gordon Brothers Merlot Columbia Valley Estate Grown
Ripe and generous, this is a silky, plush-textured mouthful of red plum, raspberry, cream and coffee flavors that arch enticingly from the first sip through the long, round finish. Drink now through 2013.
The 2005 Merlot Estate was aged in French and American oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored with a toasty, spicy, cassis, and cranberry-scented nose, the wine is soft and forward with good grip and a moderately long finish. This easy-going, seamless Merlot will provide pleasure over ther next 6 years. It is an excellent value. It would appear that little has changed since I first visited the Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards in 1990 when they were one of 42 wineries in Washington. Their estate bottled wines were friendly and well-priced and that continues today.