Columbia Crest Gr. Estate Cabernet 2006
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.
A review on this is probably unnnecassary since there is so much information and reviews on this wine, but its always good to write out your notes...The nose on this is a little pungent for me. Not pungent as in a wine with VA, or a wine that is overly hot, but spicy as in the aroma of black pepper with the tingle of cinnamon. Behind the spicy nose, I find black cherry, plum, and green bell pepper, and a small amount of cedar. The mouthfeel is also slightly spicy, which I enjoy, especially in a Cab from WA. The tannins are present, but not harsh, and the wine itself is full bodied. On the palate I get mostly cherry and berry with minimal chocolate, spice, and oak. I think Ray (the winemaker) hit the nail on the head with the spiced cocoa finish, and for me it melts away into nice fruit. I think WS went a little overboard with an 89 on this wine. It is defnately solid, especially for the price, but it doesn't quite have enough on the palate for me to rate it this high. I would give an 87/100 maximum...