Gordon Estate
Part 17, Washington State: visiting one of North America's leading wine growing regions

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Website: http://gordonwines.com/

Back in 1980, when Jeff and Bill Gordon established the Gordon Brothers winery (it changed its name in 2012 to Gordon Estate, some time after Bill had retired), the Washington state wine scene was a lot smaller. There were only 19 wineries in the state, and now there are several hundred.

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Jeff Gordon

The first wine, a Chardonnay, was released in 2005.

gordon estate vines

It's a good sized property, with 100 acres of vines overlooking the Snake River.

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An aside: back in 1992, because of dam construction, there were just 5000 salmon in the river, and they were endangered, but since then they've begun using an open net barge to get the fish past the dams. It has worked spectacularly.

gordon estate wine syrah

Jeff is very positive about two red varieties in particular. 'Washington State has a really good climate for Merlot and Syrah,' he claims. 'In the past year we have sold a vintage and a half of Merlot. Merlot is really coming back in Washington.' Production here is 25 000 cases.


Gordon Estate Chardonnay 2014 Washington State
Half barrel fermented. Rounded and a bit nutty with appley pear fruit and some subtle toast notes. Lovely texture here with nice citrus and pineapple characters. 89/100

Gordon Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Washington State
100% barrel fermented. Toasty and spicy with lively citrus, peach and spice notes, as well as some fig. Very bold and intense. 89/100

Gordon Estate Rosé 2014 Washington State
Made from Malbec, this is a pale pink in colour. Lively and bright with nice fresh, juicy, jellyfish strawberry fruit and a citrus edge. 87/100

Gordon Estate Merlot 2013 Washington State
Smooth, ripe, attractively textured berry fruits with a bit of creaminess. Nice smooth spicy finish. Fine grained tannins. 88/100

Gordon Estate Block 3 Merlot 2013 Washington State
Smooth and ripe with attractively textured berry fruits and a bit of creaminess. Nice smooth spicy finish here. Has fine-grained tannins. 88/100

Gordon Estate Block 3 Merlot 2012 Washington State
Supple, textured and broad with richness but also good balance. Fine grained, spicy, gravelly tannic structure with some subtle earthy notes. 89/100

Gordon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Washington State
Ripe, sweet and supple with a hint of green. Very berryish and juicy with nicely focused fruit. Rounded and supple with a bit of grip. 88/100

Gordon Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Washington State
Slightly open appley nose with ripe, green-tinged blackcurrant fruit. Supple and berryish with nice dense fruit and good structure. 86/100

Gordon Estate Syrah 2013 Washington State
Supple, juicy and berryish with sweet black cherry and plum fruit. Just a hint of olive and pepper adding interest. 90/100

Gordon Estate Tradition 2012 Washington State
Syrah and Cabernet, 50/50. Juicy and ripe with nice direct red fruits and some blackcurrant. Fresh and supple with a direct fruity character. 90/100

Gordon Estate Ice Wine 2014 Washington State
Gewurztraminer, 9.7% alcohol. 250 g/l residual sugar. Grapey and aromatic with lively sweet, intense peach, honey and ripe apple flavours. 87/100


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