Thursday, Kymber came by with Jeff Gordon. No not the race car driver, but the owner of Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards in Pasco, Washington. I was looking forward to this visit because I met Jeff out in Washington on my now-infamous Road Trip WA Wine last year. Jeff was hosting a lunch at a restaurant in Richland, and from there, I was part of a team that went out to Jeff’s winery and I got to work a bit with Gordon Bros. winemaker Tim Henley.
Jeff was in town, showing off his wares, and came in with 5 of his wines for Shannon to try and me to revisit:
Kamiak White Wine Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. This blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Geuwrtztraminer shows off some nice stone fruit and tropical fruit character, a light-to-medium-bodied context, and some nice balanced acidity. A nice crowdpleasing white wine for everyday drinking.
Gordon Brothers Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Medium-bodied with splashes of tropical fruit aromas and flavors, with 100% malolactic fermentation lending to its butterscotch, toffee, creamy vanilla finish.
Kamiak Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Columbia Valley 2005. Grade=Outstanding. Soft, supple, medium-bodied red with splashes of red and black berry fruits, some spicy oak, and hints of chocolate.
Gordon Brothers Merlot Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Has a bit of Cab and Syrah blended in, giving it a medium-to-full-bodied character, showing off lots of black cherries, dark plum, blackberries, cedar and earth tones. Supple tannins lead into a lingering finish.
Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding. Supple, velvety Cab with small amounts of Syrah and Merlot adding complexity. This full-bodied red displays a lot of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon roll, milk chocolate and white pepper. Very nice.
Friday, Kymber dropped off a bottle of Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Clone Six 2008 (Grade=Amazing), a new release from Jeff and Tim. This 100% Cab is rich and robust, with massive black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate, espresso bean, tar, baked earth, dark roasted coffee, with slight mint and pepper undertones. Simply gorgeous.
It was definitely cool to see Jeff again. And for a little bit, I was once again back in Eastern Washington, rediscovering a place that I may one day call home. Until then, I will continue my work as unofficial ambassador of Washington State ambrosia.