Gilbert Cellars 2012 vintage receives top Wine Advocate scores

Reviews by Jeb Dunnuck

2012 Columbia Valley Syrah – 90 points

The 2012 Columbia Valley Syrah is an outstanding effort that offers classic Washington state plum, black raspberry, cracked pepper, wild herbs and meatiness. Inky colored, medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured and yet still fresh and lively, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 4-6 years. 
Retail $30

2012 Columbia Valley Malbec – 92 points

Inky colored, with gorgeous black and blue fruits, violets, cracked pepper and sappy floral notes, the 2012 Columbia Valley Malbec (which comes from three separate vineyards) represents a terrific value in this variety. Made from 100% Malbec, all destemmed (25% whole berries) and aged 16 months in 40% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered, this full-bodied, fruit-filled, yet also structured 2012 firms up beautifully on the finish and stays graceful and elegant. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more.
Retail $30

2012 Rhone Reserve – 91 points
One of the top wines in the portfolio, the 2012 Reserve Series is a gorgeous blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache that spent 17 months in 40% new French oak. Most of the new oak here was reserved for the Syrah, with the Grenache kept mostly in neutral barrels. Inky colored, with rocking notes of white pepper, liquid blackberry, plum, wild herbs and licorice, this full-bodied, voluptuously textured beauty stays nicely polished and fresh, with terrific length. They plan to keep the wine in bottle for a year prior to release, and it should be singing at that point, and evolve nicely through 2022.
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