Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 87743)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking: The Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested at 25.6 Brix and gently crushed into open top stainless steel fermentation tanks. The skins and juice were allowed to "cold soak" for a number of days prior to the addition of cultured yeast. This process creates darker colors and enhances the ripeness of flavors. After fermentation was completed, the finished wine was drawn off and the skins were pressed. 100% of the vintage was aged in small oak barrels, the majority being from French forests, for 22 months. Gentle racking of the barrels allowed for the removal of solids without filtration.

Winemaker notes: Black currant, rich berry flavors, chocolate and leather accompany this full-bodied wine with great structure and moderate tannins, followed by a smooth toasty lingering finish. A great wine that pairs well with intensely flavored meats and bone-in steaks with mushroom sauces

My Notes:

About Gordon Brothers Cellars:

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 level, on the Snake River just above Ice Harbor Dam and the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers in southeastern Washington. These mature vines are proving that the Gordon Brothers vineyard has a singular, superior micro-climate. Superb air drainage and all the favorable effects of river sites for grape growing are only two of the reasons that these are some of the most sought-after grapes and wines in the Northwest.