Columbia Crest Winery from Washington State is very highly regarded and I was pleased to recommend several bottles from their Grand Estates label in previous reviews. Check out the video for a little about their approach and the care they put into making wine. Over the next couple of weeks I will be sampling the Two Vines lineup starting out with the 2011 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep ruby color in the glass the nose is cherry cola with a hint of cooking spice, unfortunately the flavor was not as distinct, tending to be a somewhat generic blend of red fruits and touch of earthiness common in Cabernet from Washington State. What sets this wine apart was the fairly light body with a silkiness that kept me savoring the feel and texture as it swirled around and touched the different taste buds in my mouth. The tannins are evident, but evened out and showed an attention to winemaking not always found in value priced labels. Equally pleasing was the way they matched the acidity to the tannins creating an easy drinking finish that begs for some food to complement this wine.
Following that call we went with the old red wine standby of grilled rib eye steak, baked potatoes and green salad. It was good, but the lack of a distinctive flavor profile in the wine detracted from one reason I enjoy pairing up wine with food. Yet on its own you may also find it a bit lacking after a glass or two, hence the two star rating.
While Columbia Crest Two Vines is widely available from the grocery aisle to your local wine store it pays to price shop as I have seen it run anywhere from a suggested price of $10.99, a bit much in this reviewer’s opinion, to a very reasonable $5.99. When compared to some of the soft and fruity wines at the lower price point the structure and total package of the 2011 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon stands up admirably and would be a good solid choice for your daily table.