Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 2003

Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 99372
  • red wine
  • WE90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

47.6 % Cabernet Sauvignon; 47.6 % Merlot; and 4.8% Syrah- all Estate grapes. Dark Ruby in color, this wine displays multiple aromas of cassis, spice, cocoa powder, dark berries and a hint of coffee. Lush, jammy, blackberry fruitiness is noticed immediately. This combines with vanilla, cranberry and cherry flavors. The tannins are fine grained, giving this wine a supple, elegant mouth-feel. A lingering finish of black cherry, toasted, sweet oak and a hint of coconut make this wine refined and generous.

All of the wine was aged in small oak barrels, the majority from French forests, for 18 months. The best wines of the vintage were blended and placed back into French oak barrels for an additional 22 months of aging.

Critical Acclaim

"Tradition is Gordon Brothers’ top red, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet from the estate vineyard’s best vines. It is given extra cellar time, which gives the sweet cherry fruit flavors the opportunity to meld, while smoothing the rougher, somewhat green tannins. This is a wine that could certainly be cellared for another five or six years; it is structured like a Bordeaux, and does not try to hide its earthy, herbal side. Nor should it; the stuffing is there for a beautiful wine to emerge in another half decade or so."
90 Points

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The Gordon Brothers vineyards were established in 1980. They have planted a total of 95 acres, consisting of 25 acres of Chardonnay, 21 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 acres of Merlot, 15 acres of Syrah, 14 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, and one acre of Gewurztraminer. The vineyards lie on a perfectly oriented south-facing slope ranging from an elevation of 600 to 682 feet above sea...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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