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Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The power of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is obvious in the deep garnet color, effusive aromatics, rich palate and texture. It is another gorgeous Cote Bonneville expression of DuBrul Vineyard.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
This is two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot, all sourced from the estate's DuBrul vineyard. It's drinking quite well, though clearly heading into secondary fruit flavors that reflect its ongoing maturation. Cherries, plums and cassis fruits mingle, along with silky, polished tannins. Though it can be cellared indefinitely, it may be at its most delicious drinking peak currently.
WS 95
Wine Spectator
Polished, round and focused, with a vibrant feel to the ripe black cherry, cassis, peach, herb and tar flavors, hinting at cocoa and spice as it all lingers harmoniously against velvety tannins. This has power but also refinement. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cote Bonneville Cabernet Sauvignon DuBrul Vineyard is dark ruby-colored with an aromatic array of toasty oak, spice box, pencil lead, earth notes, cassis, and black currants. On the palate it is sweetly-fruited, elegant, and incipiently complex. This lengthy effort will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2021.
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Cote Bonneville, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Standing atop the steep hillside, gazing south toward the Yakima River, you pause to enjoy the view. The rockiness underfoot goes unnoticed. Perhaps it’s the prominence, the elevation, or the aspect, but there is a sense that this vineyard is a special place.

Cote Bonneville believes that great wine is made in the vineyard. They planted classic varietals in 1992 after tearing out the original orchard. They continue to develop the vineyard with one goal in mind: to grow the best grapes possible from our site. Their commitment to producing the highest quality fruit has been appreciated by our winery customers, consumers of their wines, and wine reviewers.

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Yakima Valley

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As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.

The cooler parts of the valley are home to almost half of the Chardonnay and Riesling produced in the state! Both are made in a wide range of styles depending on the conditions of the vineyard site.

But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.

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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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