Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

By on December 9, 2013

columbia-crest-grand-estates-cabernet-sauvignon-bottleBest Buy! They’ve changed out logo and the historic sign that greets visitors to this Horse Heaven Hills winery — the largest in the Pacific Northwest — yet the quality remains unchanged. Investment in the barrel regimen of 16 months in 1/3 new oak offers up aromas of cocoa powder and rich chocolate behind boysenberry and blueberry. Inside is a profile of juicy purple fruit — blackberry and plum — backed with more chocolate and coffee. Its structure is one of pleasing balance with acidity and tannin that’s far from aggressive. Suggested fare includes beef tenderloin or a plate of pasta in puttanesca sauce.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 272,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.


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