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
The 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon contains 14% Merlot in its blend and was subject to the identical elevage as the 2007. Pain grille, mineral, spice box, incense, violets and assorted black fruits lead to a wine with a similar issue as its older sibling, a moderate austerity on the palate. It, too, has some aging potential so the wine could fill out with additional bottle age, but that is a bit of a gamble. (89+)
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.