Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: ***+ $ Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review (BEST VALUE)

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Original Tasting and Review, July, 2010:

By way of background: This is the Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington. I've been a fan of prior Columbia Crest Grand Estates varietals as great value wines, including especially the merlot and shiraz, and even to some extent the chardonnay.  The 2007 cabernet sauvignon vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon shows deep mahogany red, moving to opaque in the middle of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Columbia Valley cabernet shows a rich, creamy nose, full of black cabernet fruit, some eucalyptus and just a hint of oak. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a furry and black ripe fruit middle.  There is a real "grip" in this still-young wine.  More reddish fruits claw their way towards your cheeks along with some residual acids.  Clean and lasting finish.

In summary: Overall, I'd try again, so rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. At its sale price, that is a best value.

Following decant, one-day in partially-filled bottle under vacuum, kept cool:   Same character on the nose and palate, the elements settling together nicely.  Decant recommended.
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Updated review, over a year later, August, 2011:  Remains opaque away from the edge of the glass, with purple/brick highlights.  Same bold, sweet, creamy, balanced nose.  The furry and ripe fruit has sweetened up with the intervening year.  Nicely balanced, perfumed, with a solid and clean lift to the finish.  Plus for this bold, perfumed nature. Awesome value.

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