2008 Columbia Crest "Reserve" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40)
Chewy with tannin, but bursting with fresh currant and plum, sneaking in hints of mint and black tea as the finish lingers. A graceful wine that has miles to go. Best from 2013 through 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Columbia Crest's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve displays more dark berry sap than the corresponding 2009 and while a bit sweet-sour (a more serious issue in 2007), it offers a less awkward integration of its obvious new oak. Its tannins are grainy but not obtrusive and there is an attractive underlying bittersweetness of nuts and herbs. Above all, there is vigor to the finish for all of the sweetness of fruit and caramelized wood. Enjoy it over the next year or two.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red-ruby. Youthfully stunted aromas of dark fruits, mocha, cola, menthol and nutty oak. Then surprisingly supple following the nose, showing good density and depth to the flavors of currant, black cherry and menthol complicated by chocolatey oak. Little in the way of easy sweetness here. Finishes with serious, dusty, building, oak-influenced tannins: will they be absorbed? 88(+?)? points
Made from the top 10% of the fruit harvested from Columbia Crest's best vineyard sites, the 2008 Reserve Cabernet, which blends in 14% Merlot is a classic Washington Cab. Floral nuances on the nose give way to licorice and brown spice-scented fruit. The wine is generous on the palate, with cherry and raspberry mocha flavors, more spice and medium-grained tannins that linger on the vanilla finish.