Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Raspberry and currants rush to the front, gently yielding to deeper notes of coffee, cedar, and hints of pencil shavings. Ripe, red fruit fills the palate. As the wine works its magic, undertones of maple, cinnamon and cardamom mingle flawlessly with the ripe fruit tones. A harmonious blend of skin and oak tannins give this complex wine a lingering finish and a firm structure. Our '07 Cabernet would be a great accompaniment to spice-rubbed filet mignon with a Cabernet reduction
Wine Enthusiast - "Supple, complex and nicely layered, the Cabernet fruit really shines through the new release from Gordon Brothers. cassis and blackberry meld into bitter chocolate, loam, caramel, pepper and rock, an intriguing flavor stack that keeps your tongue on its toes. Good concentration and structure."
Gordon Brothers Cellars Winery
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. View all Gordon Brothers Cellars Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsBill Zipper - Ocean Springs, MS21/21/2011pretty good312/30/2009Gordon Brothers Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007. I think of the cabernet sauvignon grape as, in general, a little tannic but with a lot of interesting flavors. This cab, at $19, fits this description pretty well. Berries and currents are present here, with a moderate acidity that results in a fairly pleasant experience. It swirls around the mouth well, without the pain and suffering of the over-chalky, acidic wines, and has a pretty good balance of flavor and acidity. The bottom line, however, for the wine drinker is whether you like the astringent, acidic taste of cabernet sauvignon or whether you like softer wines, or for those on the extremes on the bell-shaped curve, even more tannic wines. To some, this acquired taste is a sign of sophistication, but to others it is just outside their comfort zone. I like to try a wine like this every once in a while, to see if the taste is growing on me or to see if I need to retreat to my comfort wines, or to see if I find a cabernet sauvignon with the combination of tastes and acidity that. This wine turns out to be a good change of pace for me.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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