Monday, February 26, 2018

Reviews: Pacific Crest Wine Co Columbia Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon = GOOD and BEST VALUES!

By way of background:  Today we will sample two Columbia Valley AVA wines from the Pacific Crest Wine Co, produced under the direction of winemaker Linda Trotta.  The cabernet sauvignon is built from grapes pulled exclusively from the McNary Vineyard site in Horse Heaven Hills, while the chardonnay is designated as a broader Columbia Valley label.  Review samples were provided by the winery's representative, Balzac Communications.


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Original tasting and review : This is $$ Pacific Crest Wine Co Centennial Trail Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2015, finished at 13.2% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in February, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Singing in the choir, bright, soprano melodies and harmonies.

In the glass: A light and bright 18-karat gold sheen.  Almost sparkles.

On the nose: Poured at a cool temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean stainless steel plus notes of sugar crisp cookies.  From the aroma, seems like this may be almost riesling-like in its sharpness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fuller and more robust than expected.  Sleek, bright apple and peach notes emerge first, with more doughy, yeasty notes following.  The sip tucks into the back of your mouth, bringing forth more spices mixed with apple into a relatively lengthy finish. Finishes clean with no cloying sweetness.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and just touches a plus for its generosity, layers and overall lively balance.  Good value!

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Pacific Crest Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon.

Original tasting and review : This is $$ Pacific Crest Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon, McNary Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2015, finished at 13.7% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in February, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Wrapped in a massive plaid maroon wool blanket, enjoying the warmth from the fireplace.

In the glass: Deep black cherry, fully opaque from three-quarters of an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows solid blackberries and black currants, roasted lightly from the fire.   From the aroma, seems like this may be bold, deep and structured.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the nose... First notes enter of big black fruit and cocoa, with savory portobello mushroom overtones.  Tannins extend the deep fruit across your mouth and against your cheeks, bringing along savory spices.  The sip lingers with the tannins, then slowly settles, quite clean with just light wisps of ripe blackberry remaining.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value based on our cost/quality criteria.

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