From the Cellar08 Mar 2016
- Category: Uncorked Tonight
(September 5, 2015) ... So I've just come from a Washington state wine dinner and decided to look deep into the cellar to see what kind of old Washington wines I could find and these three bottles from Columbia Crest stood out to me - all from the 2002 vintage: time to check out what 13 year old Washington is tasting like.
... The best of the lot: nose of cherry and vanilla while the palate is smooth and silky with black licorice and dried black cherry. Columbia Crest 2002 Merlot, Grand Estates Merlot
Columbia Crest 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon ... Still quite good, definitely drinkable: dried cherry, blackberry, and vanilla-smoke.
... While definitely a wine you COULD still drink with the other two in the room why would you - there's some interesting smoky notes along with vanilla, dried blackberry, a little pepper. Columbia Crest 2002 Shiraz - Two Vines
All in all I'd say a rather successful vertical of Washington wines.
Of course there was also a back up bottle present, and if got opened too: Felino 2007 Malbec ... A smoky, blueberry, cassis, and peppery number with touches of mocha and oak on the finish.