Happy Friday! And of course to start the weekend, we need some great food and some wine, check and check! I stopped at my local wine store on the way home from work and found two interesting Washington wines that I hadn't seen before, one of which I will enjoy with the Hereford ribeye I picked up at my second stop to the butcher before picking up my dry cleaning (it's really not easy being me!). So the wine I'll enjoy tonight is the 2007 Gordon Brothers Columbia Valley Merlot, a wine from a producer based in the tri-cities, specifically in Pasco, Washington.
The wine is a deep, inky purple, almost black at the center of the glass, typical of a classic Merlot (and don't give me any of your sideways comments!). The nose is very attractive, with notes of black fruit overlaid with some nice cedar, leather and a hint of cocoa powder. The taste is classic Merlot, but with a bit of a twist, as it's somewhat lighter at the outset, with flavors of blueberry and raspberry, but then it really transforms midpalate with some dark chocolate and dusty limestone. The tannins are very nicely integrated leading to a velvety and extremely dry finish that seems to last a minute or more. A very nice Merlot!
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a lovely drinking Merlot with great quality at a super value price as I found this one locally for just $21! Tonight I am enjoying this with the aforementioned steak, grilled rare and topped with bleu cheese crumbles, a baked potato with butter and sour cream and some haricots vert almondine. This is a truly ideal wine for pairing with a big grilled steak as it certainly has the chops to stand up to the chops! Cheers!