2010 Corliss Estates Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1271285 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another smoking 2010 from this team, the 2010 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic wine from this estate. Lavishly oaked, with gorgeous chocolate, currants, licorice and tobacco leaf on the nose, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet never seems heavy, cumbersome or over the top. In fact, it integrates its oak with time in the glass and shows more and more freshness and elegance. Like the Red Wine release, give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2030. (JD)  (6/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (bottled in May of this year; partly vinified in concrete fermenters): Good deep ruby-red. Tight nose offers blackberry, cassis, licorice and minerals. Then juicy and firm in the mouth; more backward than the red blend but already shows outstanding aromatic lift and clarity to the multidimensional flavors of cassis, blueberry, menthol, cedar and milk chocolate. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and outstanding juicy length. Potentially great wine with a long future. (ST) 95+  (11/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The 2010 vintage wines from Washington can be unforgiving on release but this wine-already a full five years old-is an exception. It shows a compelling assortment of jammy red and black fruit along with milk chocolate and barrel spices. The flavors convey both power and finesse with a spot-on sense of balance and a long finish that kicks it up a notch. It's drinking beautifully now but has a long life in front of it. Best from 2020 to 2027. *Cellar Selection* (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.