Gamache Vintners 2009 Gamache • Champoux Barrel Select Nicolas Reserve, Columbia Valley, $55

By on April 16, 2014

gamache-vintners-heritage-series-nicolas-bottleA part of the Gamache brothers’ Heritage Series, this blend of estate Bordeaux varieties with fruit from Champoux Vineyard (38%) achieves astounding harmony and complexity in the hands of Charlie Hoppes and Mitch Venohr. The Meritage-style melange of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Merlot brings out aromas of red currant, black cherry, plum jam, chocolate, cedar and porcini mushroom. Inside, it’s a nice example of Bordeaux with ripe red fruit, bittersweet chocolate tannins and good acidity, capped by bits of black olive and bell pepper. It serves as a graceful use of 100% new French oak barrels.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 205 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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