Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#WBW75 "Singles Night" with Gamache Vintners

The seventy fifth installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday is hosted this month by the illustrious Joe Roberts of www.1winedude.com.  "Singles Night" is all about single vineyard wines.  Mulling through my cellar, I finally settled on one - Gamache Vintners 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gamache Vintners is owned by brothers, Bob and Roger Gamache.  They decided in 1982, when there were less that 2 dozen wineries in Washington, to plant grapes on a remote, gentle southern slope on the eastern ridge of White Bluff overlooking the Basin City floor and flowing into the Ringold area on the Columbia River. Essentially just north of Red Mountain.

Average yearly rainfall here is a mere 6"-8".  This allows them to use irrigation to precisely control water to the vine.  The varying soil types also allow for many different varietals to be planted.  All this talk amounts to...some mighty tasty wine.

Gamache Vintners has a lovely tasting room in Prosser.  However, I remember going to taste their wine when their "tasting room" was in the garage of one of their homes.  I have been a fan ever since.

The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is really drinking beautifully now.  Inky purple, bright cherry with slight menthol on the nose, medium weight with a long finish.  Cherries up front and through the mid palate, blackberry, plum, oak & licorice round out the finish on this fabulous wine.

Gamache Vintners is an excellent example of what nearly 30 years of grape growing experience and the gentle nurturing of vines can produce...truly remarkable wines.

Please visit Gamache Vintner's tasting room in the Prosser Vintner's Village.  Also, friend/follow them up on Facebook and Twitter.

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