2010 Guardian "Gun Metal-Connor Lee Vineyard" Columbia Valley Red Wine (Previously $43)

SKU #1154574 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* The Gun Metal red is a Bordeaux-style blend-a smooth, seamless mix of spicy red fruits with new barrel highlights of coffee grounds, toasted walnuts and baking spices. There’s a lick of citrus running through it also, a testament to the natural acidity that adds life and lift to Washington state reds.  (11/ 2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Gun Metal (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a classic Bordeaux blend that gives up knockout aromas and flavors of leaf tobacco, black currants, pencil shavings and assorted spice as well as a full-bodied, balanced palate that has outstanding mid-palate depth, excellent overall purity and freshness, and ripe tannin. Seeing the most oak of the lineup, with 20 months in 80% new French oak, you wouldn’t know it and it has ample fruit. It should be even better in another 2-3 years and have 15 years or more of total longevity. Drink 2015-2025.  (6/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Finely wrought, with a supple feel to the black cherry, nutmeg and black tea flavors as they course through the expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018. 450 cases made.  (10/ 2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2