Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Today's Guest Blogger, No Star, eschews the complexity of the 100 point rating system opting instead for his own three tier system. Wine falls into one of these categories; Swillable, Spillable, or Quaffable.
Editors Note: Joe's patience is finally rewarded with a review of Columbia Crest.
Wine wasn’t on my mind as I wound my way through the convoluted maze of aisles at Rite-Aid on a mission to fetch my daughter's prescription. Yet, there it was. Holy Espalier! Columbia Crest, Two Vines Cabernet for a mere $5.98 a bottle, about half the usual price here in the Pacific Northwest.
The two vines on the label refers to the systematic pruning that leaves
two vines on each plant to assure full ripening of the remaining grapes. Columbia Crest Winery (Columbia Valley) is a division of Washington State’s largest wine maker, Stimson Lane, the folks that brought respectable wine making to the Pacific Northwest.
As a firm believer in decanting, I keep a white ceramic pitcher reserved solely for this purpose. While decanting, the fragrance of mild black cherry with subtle oak was apparent. I left the wine to breathe a bit while tending to family chores.
With my daughter medicated and parenting chores complete, I recanted (Editors Note: Shaddup, you know what he means) the wine and relaxed with a light snack of hickory smoked, brined, deep fried goose, club crackers, and mild cheddar. The slightly salty smoked goose complemented the wine quite nicely.
The wine maker notes that.........
This lighter style Cabernet Sauvignon perfectly balances black cherry and blueberry aromas and flavors with threads of cocoa and clove. The finish is supple and lingering.
The black cherry is not as pronounced on the tongue as it is in the nose, but the cherry and berry flavors are well balanced with mild touches of tannin and oak providing a base for the Cabernet grape. The trick is to sniff and sip at the same time to achieve full enjoyment. Perhaps masked by a slight cold, the promised hint of toasted vanilla was missing, but surfaced on the following evening, evoking memories of Captain Black pipe tobacco.
Serve this wine without apologies, and at $5.99 a bottle,
you're your wallet won't need an apology either. I can't think of a better way to start a wine cellar on a budget.
Verdict: Swillable? Oh yeah and then some.