Happy Hump Day! I have to admit since I'm on staycation this week, I hardly noticed hump day at all. But at the very least I've decided to open a nice bottle of wine to celebrate the middle of the week and tonight it's the 2013 Gravel Bar Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (91%) and Malbec (9%) primarily from the Wahluke Slope in the Columbia Valley. So let's see what this wine has to offer!
The wine is a deep, inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, just as you would expect from a nice Cabernet. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, currant, leather and some mineral notes of graphite and limestone. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, dark chocolate and cassis midpalate. The tannins are smooth and well integrated for a long, smooth dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nicely drinking wine right now, and it was a terrific bargain as I found this at my local wine store for just $16! This wine would pair nicely with some hearty grilled steaks, braised short ribs or rustic Italian dishes. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a rare grilled farm to table sirloin steak that came from one of the cows at the recent Elkhart County 4-H Fair, some garlic mashed potatoes and steamed Brussels sprouts. Cheers!