2010 Corliss Estates Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1271284 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A big, rich and stacked effort, Corliss’s 2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine (made as a Red Mountain AVA wine in this vintage) has awesome density and concentration to go with ripe notes of cassis, black cherries, smoked earth and crushed rocks. There’s a lot of fruit here (surprising in the vintage), but it shows more and more tannic grip and underlying structure with time in the glass. Seeing 30 months in new and used French oak, it has the texture and polish to drink beautifully today, but I think it will be even better with short-term cellaring, and have upward of two decades of overall longevity. 94+ (JD)  (6/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot): Good red-ruby. Redcurrant, licorice and graphite on the nose, lifted by floral and minty nuances. At once broad and delineated in the mouth, with lovely perfume and energy to the flavors of redcurrant, cocoa powder, tobacco leaf and sexy oak. Very fresh, pliant blend with a savory, slow-building aftertaste featuring suave tannins. (ST)  (11/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot saw 31 months in French oak and another two years in bottle prior to release. There's plenty of detail to the concentrated coffee, cherry, graphite and blackberry aromas and flavors that reflect perfect balance. It's drinking exquisitely now but has a long life in front of it. It will be best from 2020-2026. (SPS)  (9/2015)

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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.

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.


- 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 (%): 15.3