Gordon Brothers Merlot $22.99 retail/$17.99 on sale
We came to discover this beautiful wine at a recent Pacific Northwest Total Wine and More class. It turned out to be one of the few highlights from this class. Not because of the wine choices but unfortunately due to an unorganized substitute instructor. In fact this was one of my favorite classes last year. I quickly remembered the difference a good teacher can make on their students. Luckily we had wines like this to make up for it and the realization of how very lucky we are to have a real pro usually at the helm.
I was surprised to learn that Washington State is located at the same latitude with the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions and that Washington State’s growing region is actually a dessert with irrigation required. With great value wines coming from this area; Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals have really taken off due in part to Washington’s volcanic soil.
- Brian Carter: A Master of Blending (winepeeps.com)
- Wine Tasting Dinner: 2008 Washington Bordeaux-Style Red Blends [Wow! Alert] (winepeeps.com)
- The “Sideways” effect on Merlot is officially dead (steveheimoff.com)