2009 Columbia Crest "Two Vines" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $7)

SKU #1072387 90 points Wine & Spirits

 With spicy cola scents over black-plum fruitiness, this sleek red has a dusty, savory set of flavors and a rich, chocolatey finish.  (8/ 2011)

K&L Notes

An uber-value from Washington! Strawberry and cherry cola character dominates this easy-drinking Cabernet (with small amounts of Syrah and Merlot).

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2011  | Send Email
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Case-worthy! That was the first thing that came into my mind upon tasting this wine. I had just found the "holy grail" of the wine business - a great everyday red wine that offers pretty fruit, good body, complexity and subtle oak notes without being too sweet or too oaky. The 2009 Columbia Crest "Two Vines" Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine to buy by the case and enjoy as your new go-to, daily drinking, house red.
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2014

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2011  | Send Email
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Wow! This Cab is what a Cab should be, in flavor, texture, alcohol content...this is a huge score brought in by Alex Pross. Ripe and ready to drink, nicely structured without being a fruit bomb or full of tannins. BTW, did you notice the price? Remember the Haven's sale of 2009? I find this to be infinitely more likable at less than that was selling for at closeout! Buy a case (or five), there will be no regrets.

 By: Michael Sojka |  Review Date: 1/24/2012 
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For the price definitely a 5. It is a bit of a fruit bomb. I did not notice any oak or tannic structure, but, it was wonderfully smooth and easy to drink. We had it with steak and charmoula and everyone was very happy.
Drink from 2012 to 2013

 By: Rob |  Review Date: 12/19/2011 
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To score it independent of price, 3; price-dependent: 5. C'mon; can't expect brilliance for this price, but it's plenty drinkable (and 30% less at Trader Joe's).

 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 7/27/2011 
I have no idea how Wine and Spirits came up with 90 for this. This is too sweet (rs) and has zero tannic structure. The rest I bought will be going into sangria. On the up side its still better than Manishevitz. 83

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5