Another winery has opted to change its name and cause great confusion in the marketplace. Gordon Brothers Winery, which has earned a large following over the past decade, has changed its name to Gordon Estate. I assume this has to do with one of the brothers no longer being involved in the winery, but do they have to change the name, logo, fonts, the label.. everything?
I only realized that this was the same winery was when I was tasting the wine and thinking to myself: this is really good, but it tastes remarkably like another winery… what was their name? Yeah, the Gordon Brothers… wait… it can’t be… damn… I’m an idiot.
I think the name change didn’t go over well, and they have to dump this otherwise awesome wine at a rock-bottom price. (There is a Wharton School project in there somewhere.)
The wine is immaculate, a great example of how Washington State is producing some of the best Syrah in the world today. A core of fine tannin and dark fruit opens up into lavender-accented mocha and fresh cherries. A note of wet leaf, burnt oak, and allspice in the finish. A medium-bodied wine with good structure.
I will be drinking this with fresh gnocchi with a truffle-cream sauce. This will work with most dishes that feature a mushroom and cream sauce, including pasta.