Columbia Crest 2010 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

By on December 19, 2013

Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve bottleThree of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ top grape sources, Beverly just north of the Wahluke Slope, StoneTree on the Wahluke Slope and Wautoma Springs overlooking the Wahluke Slope — come together for this annual tribute to “The Father of Washington wine.” The blend of Merlot (53%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and Cabernet Franc spent 26 months in 100% new French oak, which leads to aromas of graham cracker, cinnamon powder and blackberry and Bing cherry. On the palate is a welcoming of sweet cherry and strawberry, supported by sandy tannins and a lingering cherry jam finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%


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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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