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Gordon Brothers Merlot Columbia Valley Estate Grown 2006

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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.

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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 Merlot Columbia Valley Estate Grown

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Snooth User: redatom
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4.00 5
04/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: Jcnlv1
7458145
3.00 5
08/24/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Gordon Brothers Merlot Columbia Valley Estate Grown

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.



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.

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