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Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Estate Series 2003

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Growing Season * August 15 marked the beginning of the earliest harvest on record. * Warm summer months contributed to the uniformity of berry maturation. * A temperature drop in late summer cooled the vineyards and allowed the grapes extra hang time to enhance flavor and aromatic development. * Moderate weather conditions during harvest contributed to mature fruit with intense flavors, good sugar development, and high natural acidity across varietals. Vineyards * Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from vineyards located predominantly on the Horse Heaven Hills (which contributes texture and body) and the Wahluke Slope (for aromatics and complexity). * Columbia Valley vineyards are seated east of the Cascade Mountain range. Up to 14,000 feet high, the mountains effectively block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. * Just 6 to 8 inches of rainfall reach the growing region annually. Vineyards are 100% drip irrigated. * The soils have low fertility and low water-holding capacity, allowing precise control of vine growth patterns. * Vines are planted north to south on south and southeast-facing slopes. Vinification * Grapes were crushed with 25% whole berries remaining. * Fermentation lasted 7-14 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components. * Blending occurred immediately after fermentation. * Malolactic fermentation occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. * The wine barrel-aged in 1/3 new oak for 16 months. Technical Data * Total acidity: 0.57 g/100ml * pH: 3.70 * Alcohol: 13.5%

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At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.

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Snooth User: SteepCreek
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Great budget Wine


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Reasonable easy drinking wine


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03/16/2010

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Reserve Clore and all other wine from Columbia Crest are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



Growing Season * August 15 marked the beginning of the earliest harvest on record. * Warm summer months contributed to the uniformity of berry maturation. * A temperature drop in late summer cooled the vineyards and allowed the grapes extra hang time to enhance flavor and aromatic development. * Moderate weather conditions during harvest contributed to mature fruit with intense flavors, good sugar development, and high natural acidity across varietals. Vineyards * Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from vineyards located predominantly on the Horse Heaven Hills (which contributes texture and body) and the Wahluke Slope (for aromatics and complexity). * Columbia Valley vineyards are seated east of the Cascade Mountain range. Up to 14,000 feet high, the mountains effectively block eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. * Just 6 to 8 inches of rainfall reach the growing region annually. Vineyards are 100% drip irrigated. * The soils have low fertility and low water-holding capacity, allowing precise control of vine growth patterns. * Vines are planted north to south on south and southeast-facing slopes. Vinification * Grapes were crushed with 25% whole berries remaining. * Fermentation lasted 7-14 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components. * Blending occurred immediately after fermentation. * Malolactic fermentation occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. * The wine barrel-aged in 1/3 new oak for 16 months. Technical Data * Total acidity: 0.57 g/100ml * pH: 3.70 * Alcohol: 13.5%

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