2014 Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1281621 91 points Wine Spectator

 **100 Top Values of 2016**Broad and generous, open-textured and inviting, offering cherry, currant and red plum flavors that swirl enticingly among fine-grain tannins and creamy oak on the finish. (HS)  (11/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* The aromas of milk chocolate, cherry and spice bring immediate appeal. The flavors are silky and polished, showing equal parts fruit and barrel.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

From the winery: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine spends 12 months in 65% older and 35% new oak barrels, both French and American.

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
It’s not often that K&L brings you the latest and greatest wine for $8.99, especially one from a producer that is a household name like Columbia Crest, but this 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet is not your typical $8.99 wine. This is lights out Cabernet for under $10. It’s the wine I’ll tell all my friends to look for when they need something inexpensive for holiday parties. As K&L's domestic wine buyer, I can say it's the best Cabernet or Cab-blend we have in the store at that price--no questions asked. Seriously, it’s that good and the best part is that it is under $10 at a time of year that we all need a little help in our wallets. So buy a bottle, or a case, or numerous cases and see for yourself just how good this darkly fruited, varietal correct, lushly rich and warm spiced Cabernet is for yourself. I know I’ll happily be drinking a case or more of this over the Holidays for the next few years.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
I think the price and the points are what held your attention long enough to even bother reading these staff reviews. The question now is: does the wine deliver as advertised? I think the Wine Enthusiast notes are pretty much dead on. I took a sip and I immediately tasted sweet cherry, dark cocoa, and milk chocolate. It's pretty straightforward stuff--deliciously straightforward. There's a good amount of oak here, but it's not sweet vanilla oak or extracted wood chips like you might expect in the sub-$10 cab region. It's a nice little dollop of toast that adds complexity to the ripeness of the fruit. What you get is a classic, value-priced Washington wine that harkens back to the days when Columbia Crest was banging out winners right and left. If you like silky reds with plenty of body, yet with a certain level of finesse, this is a real gem.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
It's hard to believe we can offer a delicious cab at this price, but sure enough, here it is! Your party wine for the holidays. The Columbia Valley in Washington continues to impress us, and this 2014 is no exception. Big rich and plummy with dusty cocoa and a great velvety texture all mingles with yummy creamy oak. Big and showy and an incredible steal.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
I dare you to find a more crowd-pleasing Cabernet at this price! Go ahead - I'll wait. Alright, stop looking already, and just get on in here and pick up a couple of cases! This is inexpensive Cab that doesn't try to be anything other than delicious cab. The nose is fruit, spice, and hints of pepper, and the pallet is a lovely offering of velvety tannins and incredible easy fruit and spice. The finish is round, supple, and elegant. Although we should have a good quantity coming in, I wouldn't make the mistake of assuming it will last through the holidays. Get yours now, and enjoy!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
For those looking for today's fruit driven cabernet at yesteryear's prices Washington is the place to look. Here you can still find juicy, drinkable wines that go down so easily and have not tripled in price. Columbia Crest Grand Estates is exactly this type of wine. Rich dark berry, a lush smooth texture and some creamy oak showcase a wine that is drinking perfectly right now for an amazing price. Columbia Crest has produced many well priced crowd pleasing wines and this one is no exception to that rule.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
Forward, front end gracious fruit, with some mid and ending structure that was well integrated. This is a cab that not only tastes true to the varietal, it is also an easy entertaining choice when serving wine to the masses. A perfect option for enjoying a wine for less than ten dollars. Enjoy!
Top Value!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
Bold and flavorful with nice structure, this Washington Cabernet surprised me. Don't be fooled by the low price.. this wine is definitely worth trying and provides more than you would expect from a sub $10 Cab. Fresh blackberries, red currants and dried herbs, this wine would be a fantastic party wine for guests to enjoy without having to break the bank.
Top Value!

Additional Information:

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.
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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.
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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