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Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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14.6% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Cote Bonneville's flagship wine is the spectacular product of a beautiful growing season. 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 Côte Bonneville expression of DuBrul Vineyard.

Blend: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Along the same lines, with possibly more heft and mid-palate richness, the 2008 Cote Bonneville is a knockout Washington State blend that shows a level of polish and purity that’s not often found in the state. Comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot and aged in primarily new French oak, it delivers gorgeous creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings and spice box qualities as well as a medium to full-bodied, building richness that comes through on the mid-palate and finish. Classic Cabernet, with both richness and elegance, it can be consumed any time over the coming two decades or more. Drink now-2030+.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Crisp, focused and broad enough to support a rich array of black currant, plum and licorice flavors, weaving in an undertone of smoky roasted red pepper as the open-textured finish lingers against polished tannins. Persists impressively. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2020.
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Just about two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot, this delivers complex aromas of blackberry, raspberry, earth, licorice and barrel spice. There's a mesmerizing sense of freshness, richness and concentration to the fruit and earth flavors along with a purity that commands attention. Just a baby now, it has decades in front of it. It will be best from 2020 to 2026.Cellar Selection
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Cote Bonneville

Cote Bonneville

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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.

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.

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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