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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90+ scores for 2011s and 2012s from Wine Advocate

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He writes: “These latest releases from Gilbert Cellars are well-made and impressive across the board. In addition, they represent solid value.”

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The 2012 Reserve Series, which was tasted as a barrel sample, exhibits ample blackberry, licorice, black pepper, crushed rock like minerality and loads of toasted spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, voluptuous, layered and rich profile on the palate. A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it has fabulous mid-palate density and a great finish. It should drink nicely on release and evolve gracefully for over a decade.

90 points: 2011 Malbec SOLD OUT

The 2011 Malbec, which incorporates 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, gives up plenty of bramble, new leather, cedar and exotic spices to go with a medium-bodied, focused and streamlined feel the palate. It has fine tannin, integrated acidity and plenty of polish and length. It too is an impressive bottle of wine and will have upward of a decade of longevity. 

90 points: 2011 Syrah SOLD OUT

The 2011 Syrah is a beauty. Offering ample black raspberry, smoke, ground pepper and earthy/herbal qualities, with hints of game and meatiness coming through with air, it is medium to full-bodied, voluptuously textured, and has beautiful richness and depth. Incorporating 5% Mourvedre and aged 17 months in 45% new French oak, it should have upward of a decade of longevity. 

89-90 points: 2012 Mourvedre ($38) BUY TODAY

Tasted out of barrel, the 2012 Mourvedre (which incorporates 14% Syrah) gives up beautiful black cherry, black currant, white pepper and underbrush like qualities to go with a juicy, racy, medium-bodied and focused profile on the palate. It should see roughly 17 months in neutral French oak prior to bottling and have upward of a decade of prime drinking.