Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006

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The heart and soul of the Ex-Libris, like the inaugural 2003 vintage, is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux and Millbrandt Vineyards. On the nose, it is classic WA Cab, with deep cassis fruit and hints of cedar and spice. The palate is full, with broad concentrated fruit, and a Bordeaux structure that is often found in better Cabernets from the Northwest.

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Member Reviews for Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
05/04/2009

Very fruity, to the point of licorice on the nose. Exhibited nice balance, with intense fruit (plums), medium acidity and medium tannins on a fruity finish. There was a cool mineral aftertaste that worked well - cooler climate induced? Served with bbq ribs.


Snooth User: jem1234
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3.50 5
12/10/2011

Consistent notes, dark, rich fruit. accessible


Snooth User: mlm510
102798353
4.00 5
04/15/2009

great wine


Snooth User: kbrod7
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4.00 5
01/24/2010

Fruity nose with fairly well balanced structure. Wine has a depth and complexity that belies it's $14 price. My only criticism is that it is a little too fruity for a Cabernet.


Snooth User: jd2112
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4.00 5
10/20/2009

Perfect for sipping or with a meal. Full body cab, without the price tag! Great purchase.


Snooth User: phatnick
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5.00 5
02/06/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/05/2009

A very nicely ripened Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. Full of red and blackcurrant berries on the palate. Fresh and very approachable yet still has a nice backbone of tannins.


External Review
05/13/2009

This wine's nose consists of deep cassis fruit and hints of cedar and spice. The palate is full, with broad concentrated fruit, and a Bordeaux structure that is often found in better Cabernets from the Northwest.


External Review
05/22/2011

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, the wine tastes like a very good Bordeaux. It is extremely French in style, with some hints of spicy oak, cedar, unsmoked high-quality cigar tobacco, black currant, and cherry. The wine is medium-bodied, displays good acidity, plenty of depth and a fleshy finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

Reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of a top-notch Bordeaux and a Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2007 (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 5.5% Malbec, and the rest Cabernet Franc) possesses more obvious structure than one generally finds in California Cabernets as well as copious amounts of creme de cassis, cedarwood, and lavender intermixed with hints of earth and oak. It is a rich, medium to full-bodied, delicious effort with a surprising personality for a wine in this price range. Drink it over the next 3-4 years, although my instincts suggest it may last longer.


External Review
05/22/2011

This is hallowed territory, the home of Baron Roy, who created the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, the first in France. His family still possesses the 25-acre property, and makes great wines. This 2003 is traditional in style, with dark tannins over spicy, jammy fruit and ripeness. This, as is usual from Fortia, a wine that will age well.


External Review
05/22/2011

The palate is full, with broad, concentrated fruit and a Bordelais structure that is often found in the Northwest's best Cabernets. The pedigree of these great vineyards comes through clearly in this superb value Cabernet.


External Review
05/22/2011

Latin for "from the library," Ex-Libris is the first vintage of a Washington state project developed by New York wine importer Doug Polaner. A gentle swirl in the glass reveals a warm mist of alcohol hovering over an opulent pool of cassis that is multi-layered with vibrant currents of dark chocolate, cedar and potpourri. On the palate, velvety fruit is harmoniously balanced with polished acids and ultra-fine tannins that finish seamlessly with a lush, kirsch-like quality. This is art in a bottle, a portrait where "true soul" in a wine is unveiled. Cheers!


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The heart and soul of the Ex-Libris, like the inaugural 2003 vintage, is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux and Millbrandt Vineyards. On the nose, it is classic WA Cab, with deep cassis fruit and hints of cedar and spice. The palate is full, with broad concentrated fruit, and a Bordeaux structure that is often found in better Cabernets from the Northwest.

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