Best Buy! The red wine team at Columbia Crest makes selections for this annual, yet special, bottling that spotlights the best of its Grand Estates program. Then, Argentine winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca arrived at this blend of Cabernet Franc (70%) and Merlot which spent 17 months in 32 percent new French oak. It offers lots of freshly brewed espresso aromas, joined by Chukar Cherry, dried plum and roasted plum. A pour yields rich and dark flavors of milk chocolate, sweet blueberry and raspberry. There’s is no sign of the herbal notes often associated with Cabernet Franc, and graceful, fine-grained tannins make for a suave and delicious finish. Suggested pairings include grilled meats and vegetables.
Production: 10,000 cases
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