92 Insider Points
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
The 2013 Estate Cabernet from Gordon is made from Cabernet and Merlot from the Kamiak Vineyard in Columbia Valley. 18 months in barrel helps integrate the dark berries, bright acidity and smooth tannin, making for an easy going and tasty final product. Expect black cherry, dark plum and cassis, with vanilla and tobacco notes and a soft texture on the lingering finish. Grab a few and enjoy with friends. Drink now through 2024. - DZ Jun 2016
Columbia Valley, Washington
This Washington Cab stands head to head with the best of Mount Veeder and Oakville, without Napa’s correlating sticker shock. It’s an 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot blend sourced from Gordon’s Kamiak Vineyard, a sustainably farmed site just on the banks of Washington’s Snake River. The location of Jeff Gordon’s fledgling vineyard was arrived at in part thanks to consultant Walt Clore, famously known as the “Father of Washington Wine.” Clore’s touch on this 90-points Wine & Spirits Cab blend is unmistakable.
A substantial red aged for 18 months in 35% new French and American oak, the wine shows a massive black stone and berry fruit along with raspberry pastry filling and rich chocolate ganache. Tannins are integrated, and this is one supple Cab that requires no additional bottle time to enjoy—whether as an accompaniment to dinner or alone as a solo sipper.
Reasons why we love it:
- The 2013 vintage broke all the records, with intense heat in the Columbia Valley. From the Wine Spectator: “The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest…Syrah looks like the star, although Bordeaux varieties did very well too.” The Wine Advocate rated 2013 with 92 points while the Wine Enthusiast rings in with 91.
- The illustrious father of Washington State’s wine industry is Dr. Walter Clore, a man who first saw the potential of the Columbia Valley to produce wines every bit as good as those made in Napa, Sonoma and Bordeaux. Clore worked with Gordon Estate’s proprietor Jeff Gordon in selecting exactly where to plant vines for optimum quality and concentration.
- The Columbia Valley AVA enjoys a range of annual temperatures unheard of in California’s much more moderate appellations. Snow falls regularly on the vines during the winter, while daytime highs during the summer can easily reach a blistering 95 degrees.
^This big, bold Cab emerges from the glass with enticing aromas of anise, black currant, Marionberry and dark chocolate. To the palate, the wine is firm and concentrated with robust flavors of leather, raspberry and chocolate. The finish is long with refined tannins and a lingering hint of dried fig, and pipe tobacco.
Gordon Estate is located in the heart of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. We take great pride in being the oldest estate winery in Washington State by using only estate-grown grapes in making our superb, hand-crafted Washington wines.
In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on a sagebrush-covered slope overlooking the Snake River in southeastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. In 1985, he released his first small lot of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines and today the Gordon Brothers brand is growing in both production and acclaim.
Try it alongside beef short ribs, a grilled steak, lamb, a great burger (beef, turkey or tofu) or some rich artisan chocolate.