Friday, March 26, 2010

Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I decided to take a break from my Chili wines and focus on some US wines. Last nights wine, 2007 Columbia Crest Grand Estate, has the esteemed honor of being just one of the lines producing Wine Spectator’s 2009 Wine of the Year, Columbia Crest Reserve. Since this writer concentrates on wines priced under $9.99, we’ll be talking about their value line, Grand Estate.

Colors are a deep ruby red, aromas full of oak, plums, rich ripe red berries and vanilla. Flavors mirror the aromas along with a spiciness swirl around in a velvety smooth mouthfeel and leave a nice lingering finish. Very nice and easy drinking wine, it’s easy to see how this vintage scored 98 points by Wine Spectator.

Blend - 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
Total Acidity - 0.54 g/100ml
pH - 3.78
Alcohol - 13.6%

Columbia Crest is the Pacific Northwest’s largest winery located in Columbia Valley, Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. At 14,000 feet high, the mountains block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. This leaves the region with just 6-8 inches of rain per year and the perfect growing climate for the Cabernet grape.

Columbia Crest’s history begins back in 1978 when the first 500 acres of vineyards were planted in what would eventually become Columbia Crest Winery. By 1983 the winery is officially open for business just one year before official appellation (AVA) status is granted to Columbia Valley, WA. By 1997 the winery has one several accolades as well as being listed under Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines, an honor they now receive year after year.

This wine is just further proof you really can find excellent tasting wines for less than $9.99.

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