Monday, April 1, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $ Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  The Two Vines label is Columbia Crest's bargain-priced entries into Washington state varietals.  Our past review of Two Vines Merlot Cabernet blend showed an incredible value at its price point.  Today we are sampling the purebred cabernet sauvignon.



Original tasting and review , January2012: This is Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep purple magenta, not quite opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, soft, sweetly oaked fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fragrant on the palate, soft and pleasing.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a full, soft and layered palate, with oak-driven fruit that brings ripe plums, black cherry and sweet blackberry.  A hint of cinnamon comes along as the modest finish begins to build.  Ends on a clear, just lightly acidic note - acidic enough merely to wash away the sweetness of the palate and finish entirely clear. 

In summary: Overall, lovely experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its clean and friendly integration.  No brainer best value!

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: More oaky plums on the nose.  The palate is even sweeter and oakier, still carrying the spices and fruit.  Held up very nicely. 
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Updated review, over a year later,  March, 2013:  Consistent nose, bright, aromatic even though perhaps a bit generic.  Soft, fresh fruit on the palate, continues to bring soft cinnamon spices and a clean finish.  Stops just shy of the fourth star, needing just a touch more extraction.  But a crazy best value.

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