Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2007
Columbia Crest’s Grand Estates wines are crafted from a collection of remarkable Columbia Valley vineyard sites, which are selected specifically for their ability to produce wines with intense fruit character and complexity not found in most “everyday” wines. Columbia Crest Grand Estates are distinguished by their ripe varietal intensity. Lush and vibrant, the wines offer a pleasing balance of sugar, pH and tannin—a synergy that is grown in the vineyards and preserved in the cellar.
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.
Nice and smooth. Fruity and light. Easy wine.
Purple color with nose that starts as peat bog, mineral and pepper with sour cherry. As the wine opens up a toasty cinnamon character really takes over on the nose. The palate has some initial hints of vanilla and caramel that gives way to plum, black cherry, cedar and some light pepper on the finish. The pepper is really enhanced with salty and spicy food pairing.
Kind of reminds me of a B V Rutherford. Clearly one of my favorites from Columbia Crest.
For the price, this is about the best. Our local Fred Meyer food store has had this on sale for $7.99 and I would say that is marvelous ! I bought 2
I rate this one very nice, the deep berry taste and spicy overtones should be a treat to any Cabernet lover. I measure other Cabs against this one because it does my wine palate right.
For the price, this one is a definite must. Seems like the stores are purging some of the 05's to 07's ready to stock the 2008's........some already on the shelf. The berry flavors are deep and the spicy reward is nice. I liked it so much this is my second review! I measure different Cabs against this one in my constant search for the wine that satisfies my palate.
Good value Cabernet and we frequently get in this price range.
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates
Here is a wine that consistently shows quality well beyond its modest price tag. How do they do it, year after year? It’s in the vineyards. Grapes for Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested from vineyards located predominantly on the Horse Heaven Hills (which contributes texture and body) and the Wahluke Slope (for aromatics and complexity.) These vineyards are seated east of the Cascade Mountain range which effectively blocks eastward-moving wet weather systems from the Pacific Ocean. The soils have low fertility and low water-holding capacity, allowing precise control of vine growth. The grapes mature slowly, insuring complexity, concentration and depth. The wine, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Syrah and 2.5% Merlot, is aged in one third new oak for 16 months. The Wine Spectator called it a "Best Value" and said "Supple and surprisingly complex, this is generous with its meaty currant and blackberry flavors, remaining polished and finishing with clarity. Drink now through 2015."
Ripe and generous, this is a broad mouthful of oak-accented, mocha- and vanilla-laced black fruit flavors, lingering on the polished finish. Drink now through 2009.
This follows along the same track as the 2003 - moderately ripe with lightly herbal fruit mixing plum, blueberry and cherry. The tannins have a rough edge and a rather sharp bite; this will smooth out if you decant it an hour or so.
Firm and slightly chalky, this features light plum, blueberry and mocha components. There's a hint of soapiness, and some herbal roughness in the finish.
Spices, blackberries, and cassis are found in the nose of another extraordinary value, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Estates (97,000 cases). Medium-bodied and satin-textured, it offers impressive concentration and depth to its blackberry-dominated character. It should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.
Bigger, chewier than the Two Vines, this shows more concentrated cassis and very firm tannins; there are some early hints of herb and olive. Overall there is simply power and punch.
Firm, with fine tannins around a lithe core of raspberry and herb flavors, finishing with a grace note of earthiness. Best from 2007 through 2012.