2008 Gilbert Cellars Left Bank
Columbia Valley, Washington State
The 2008 Gilbert Cellars Left Bank is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Left Bank refers to the similarity of the blend that is common in the regions on the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux. The Columbia Valley has been producing notable wines since the 60's and the region is an ideal growing area for grapes. The vineyards are East of the Cascade Mountains in a semi-dessert area. The warm days make for great sugar and flavour development and cool nights help keep acidity levels high; these two elements combined make for complex and balanced wines.
Gilbert Cellars is a fantastic winery and restaurant located in the town of Yakima with family history dating back to the 19th century. The winery produces a number of wines and has some outstanding vineyards such as the Doc Stewart Vineyard that was planted in the 1970s. The fruit for the Left Bank is sourced from the Doc Steward vineyard which is a designated AVA called Whaluke Slope.
Tasting notes: this is a full rich robust wine with black cherry, crushed herb and vanilla characters backed by a palate cleansing acidity and ripe tannins.
Food + Wine Pairing: Medium cheeses, Lamb or beef. Consider a Roast Leg of Lamb
Cellar Door Price $36.95