Winery: Gilbert Cellars
Maker: Justin Nuefeld (winemaker), Gloria Gilbert (GM)
Region: Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Yakima Valley, WA
Vineyard: River Ridge Vineyard
Notes: Red currants, cedar, and spice
Price per can: $10
Aged: 30 months, French Oak
Residual Sugar (per 5 oz glass): 0.0 g
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Carménère
Some luminaries get the keys to the city, the Gilberts got a whole mountain. The 5th generation farming family has been growing in Yakima Valley for over a century and their wines put Washington’s amazing varietals on display with minimal intervention. A family business through and through, Gilbert Cellars is now in the hands of Gloria Gilbert. Building on her family’s legacy, she’s on a mission to make Yakima Valley your next tasting destination and put the very best Washington has to offer in your glass.
This Washington-Bordeaux blend is made in the Yakima Valley – a warm, dry pocket of eastern Washington. The climate there brings out the best in bold red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – stars of the show in Bordeaux. Each sip is so intense, complex, and smooth, you might think you’re in France. Aged 30 months in French oak, this wine is silky smooth with a long, warming finish.
- 100% Recyclable
- Doesn’t affect the taste
- No light exposure or oxidation
- No “corked” wines
The watercolor brushstrokes represent the artful blend of reds. The white lines trace the outline of Gilbert Peak in the Cascade Range.
Just about anything – perfect for a dinner party or summer BBQ. Versatile by design, this wine pairs uniquely well with pasta Bolognese, roasted chicken or grilled steaks.
2019 proved to be a slightly cooler vintage than recent years, allowing the clusters to ripen slowly while retaining acidity. The fruit was picked, destemmed, and crushed into individual, 1-ton fermenters. The must had a pre-fermentation maceration of 48 hours at 9-10°C to attain greater color extraction. Once fermentation began, each fermenter was punched down three times daily until the desired level of extraction was achieved. Once the ferments had gone dry, they were pressed off and racked into barrel. The wine was gravity racked minimally in the cellar and bottled in May 2022.
Gilbert Cellars, Yakima Valley
"It has a lot of flexibility — you can pair it with just about anything. A lot of that is because it’s a really well-balanced blend, with multiple varietals that have characteristics that you can pick up on without being a somm. It’s approachable."
LAURA RANKIN SCHLECT, GILBERT CELLARS MARKETING & PARTNER
Charlie and Gloria Gilbert
2019 Cabernet Blend by Gilbert Cellars