While tasting a variety of reds earlier this week at the San Clemente Wine Company in Orange County, California, it was not a California wine but a Washington state one that stood out.
Rich and elegant with intense dark fruit notes, the wine had me hooked from my first sip.
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery is located in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The 2008 G³ is a blend of three grapes — 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 24% Syrah. The wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels.
Deep garnet red in color, the G³ has an aromatic nose of cherries and cedar. The red and dark fruit notes develop on the palate, with flavors of plum, boysenberry and ripe black cherries. Layers of vanilla and tobacco add to the lush taste. In the mouth the wine is silky and supple, with a soft lingering finish.
The G³ pairs nicely with lamb, filet mignon and grilled or braised meats.
A bottle of the 2008 Goose Ridge G³ costs around $14.
14.2% alcohol by volume