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Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley 1996

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Toasty marshmallow, red fruit, light cherry, a little mint, rare beef and kale. Has a soft entry and then big acids kick in. Not tremendous fruit left, though this is bright and focused, a touch roasty on the nose, a bit short and nicely balanced. Nothing out of place but not distinctive. A bit of cocoa and angular tannins round out the modest finish. 84pts

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Columbia Winery:
Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in th... Read more
Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in the state. The winery has the distinction of being the first premium winery in the state as well as having the frist Master of Wine on the continent as their winemaker--David Lake. David Lake was instrumental in bringing several varietals, including Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris, into the state through a partnership with Mike Sauer, the owner of the Red Willow vineyard. Columbia Winery was the first in the state to commercially produce a Syrah, which has become one of Washington's most acclaimed varietals. Currently, Columbia Winery produces anything from a stylish Malbec, to their most popular Cellarmaster's Riesling, to beautifully crafted Syrahs and Cabernets, to a beautiful Bordeaux style blend named The Peninsula. The 2003 Otis Cabernet was awarded a spot among the top 100 wines in Washington according to the Seattle Times and the 2007 Small Lot Riesling, a lovely, crisp off-dry riesling was named the Northwest wine of the Week. They are open for tasting 7 days a week from 10-6. Tastings cost $5; a small price to pay for 5 tastes from a menu of 8 wonderful wines. The tasting room staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and prides themselves on educating visitors on Columbia Winery as well as Washington wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,882
2.50 5
02/22/2012

Toasty marshmallow, red fruit, light cherry, a little mint, rare beef and kale. Has a soft entry and then big acids kick in. Not tremendous fruit left, though this is bright and focused, a touch roasty on the nose, a bit short and nicely balanced. Nothing out of place but not distinctive. A bit of cocoa and angular tannins round out the modest finish. 84pts


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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549180,483
3.00 5
02/25/2012

The nose showed raw dough, vitamins, iron, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, it was sweet and broad at first, yet it then turned to sour black fruits with lots of acidity. Sour turned juicy on the finish and left the palate refreshed.


Snooth User: Aaron Fili
54065517
0.00 5
02/24/2012

I got a tart combo of children's chewable vitamins, white hard candy and green pepper on the nose. Slight roasted fruit in the finish, soft tannins,




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