More Dussek and Gilbert Cabs Please!

I’ve written numerous times about my wonderful sister with the amazing palate. She’s influenced my life in so many positive ways — from inspiring me to participate in online media back in 1994 to opening up the wonderful world of wine to me. And many, many more!

My sister remains my inspiration — so when she puts her stamp of approval on a wine that I recommend, it makes my day.

That happened recently when she phoned me from Vancouver to tell me her opinions on a few bottles of Washington state wine that I gave her the last time I went home for a visit. She thought some of the wines were okay (her husband loved them), but there were only two that she raved about: Dussek Family Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and Gilbert Cellars 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. And she wants more!

The price point of Dussek is super for such an excellent Cab – $36. Here are the tasting notes from Woodhouse, which produces the Dussek label (and four others — Kennedy Shah, Darighe, Maghee and Hudson Shah):

“The Dussek Cabernet Sauvignon is Woodhouse Family Cellars’ take on what is likely the world’s most famous grape. Combining an oaky, fruit forward, style with the classic minerality and earth character found in the Cabernet based wines of Europe, Dussek perfectly exhibits Washington state’s ability to straddle the line between the old world and the new.”

The price point for the Cab from Gilbert Cellars is only $26 a bottle. Here are the Gilbert tasting notes:

“This juicy, decadent Cabernet Sauvignon offers an aroma of savory dried fruit and crushed herbs that leads into supple, sweet tannins accompanied by unbridled flavors of blackberry jam, fresh cedar, pipe tobacco, and black licorice.”

Only 312 cases of Gilbert Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon were produced, and only 840 cases of Dussek 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon were produced, so I’d better go order a few bottles for my sister right now! (And maybe some for us, too!)


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

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