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Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard 2011

Member Review by kimberlyaurora:

Blueberry and cedar

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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

Member Reviews for Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard

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Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/01/2014

Blueberry and cedar


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/15/2009

Blueberries on the nose, very bright and youthful - thinner and less leathery than the 2002 (tasted together). Tar on the finish, the wine has some structure and will be interesting to see how it ages.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 05/15/2009

Tart and woodsy - the oaky / cedar quality shines through. Cola and licorice on the mid palate, with more cedar on the finish


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 11/25/2012

Great floral berry nose! Well integrated with berry fruit with spice, pepper and smoke. Hints of graphite. Elegant and smooth on the palate. Very nice right now! 93 pts. 8/12/11 at Winery


Snooth User: gilg2010
34615753
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 01/04/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: GoinGray
737701,347
3.00 5
Vintage: 2000 08/10/2008

mildly oaky and dusty/smoky scents dry and spicy


External Reviews for Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard

Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

"Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Showing plenty of straightforward blackberry fruitiness and appropriately varietal pepper


Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Showing plenty of straightforward blackberry fruitiness and appropriately varietal pepper, this substantial, nicely stuffed youngster is clear about just what it is, and it is equally clear about its need for additional age, and three or four years seems the minimal wait before it can even begin to unwind and really round into shape.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 03/27/2010

Bright red plums, dark berries and earth fill the nose. The palate is filled with dark ripe fruits, smoke and black pepper followed by a rich and lengthy finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 03/16/2010

Columbia Winery Syrah 2004 and all other wine from Columbia Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 03/16/2010

Columbia Winery Syrah 2002 Red Willow and all other wine from Columbia Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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