Columbia Crest "Grand Estates" Red Blend 2012
(Washington) - [WS 90]
Regular price $15.00 Sale price $10.99 Save $4.01
Grapes were crushed with 25% whole berries remaining.
Fermentation lasted 6-10 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components.
Blending occurred immediately after fermentation.
Malolactic fermentation occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
The wine barrel-aged in 25% new French and American oak barrels for 16 months.
This complex red blend marries together a variety of characteristics and layers that complement each other, including lively flavors of red and black fruit punctuated with layers of spice and caramel on the finish.
Blend: 57% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Viognier, 6% Merlot, 3% other varietals
Total Acidity 0.53 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 25% new French and American oak barrels for 16 months
Fermentation: 6-10 days on skins
Ratings & Reviews90 Points & Best Value - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Supple, generous and flavorful, with green olive accents to the ripe blackberry, coffee and spice flavors. Harmonious, finishing seductively. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot and other reds." - HS (Oct 15, 2015)
Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This wine is 57% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Viognier, 6% Merlot and 3% other varieties. The Viognier gives the aromas and deftly styled flavors, with notes of orange peel and flowers. The Syrah lends blueberries and gaminess, with herb and chocolate notes coming from Cabernet." - (9/1/2015)