I discovered the Gordon Estate range when doing some research (it was a tough job; not all about the drinking!) for a US wine tasting, with a specific request for wines from Washington state. This wine was the most popular and the hosts bought some the following week.
Amathus Wines is close to my office but I had never really taken the time to examine their range of wines, in which there are some absolute gems. This is a lovely, complex wine for a special occasion.
You might not guess this is merlot on both the smell and the taste: on the nose, not only is it plummy – yes, typical merlot – but also soft and earthy, with notes of cedar, tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus and mint. Lots going on, basically, and with many characteristics associated with a top quality cabernet sauvignon, another Bordeaux grape. It tastes like it smells: deep, luscious and complex, with lots of black and red fruit. The wine is smooth in the mouth, but all these flavours are balanced by well-structured tannins and a good length. Watch out, you’ll be feeling the effects of half a glass in no time at all!
At a glance:
- Style? Full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Washington State, US
- What’s the grape? Merlot
- Tastes of? Black and red fruits, earthy and herby with a smack of marzipan
- What should I eat with it? Pasta and grains – we enjoyed it with Celeriac & Puy Lentils with Hazelnut Dressing