Columbia Crest

Washington State, USA
Located along the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Columbia Crest is the Northwest’s largest winery and also one of the world’s most highly acclaimed. Its commitment to quality, heritage and innovation continues to this day. This philosophy has created one of America’s most popular wines.

The release of the 1984 vintage Merlot paved the way out for Merlot to become the favorite “red” for wine consumers in America. Since that initial release, Columbia Crest’s reputation has been built on its singular focus to create the best expression of Merlot in the world. This devotion to quality at all levels is the cornerstone of every Columbia Crest wine, and plays a critical role in our ability to solidify our reputation for producing wines of superior quality and value year after year.

Producer of the Wine Spectator’s 2009 Number 1 Wine of the Year. Awarded “2011 Wineries of the Year” by Wine & Spirits

Grand Estates Chardonnay 2008 (RV)

Aromas of apple, pear and caramelized sugar carry through to the palate, the refined flavors of this Chardonnay end in a lingering finish that gracefully balances the fruit, and slight notes of butter.
DOUBLE GOLD: Seattle Wine Awards 2011
87 points: Robert Parker

Grand Estates Merlot 2008 (RV) (Limited Qty)

Classic Merlot aromas of spice, blackberry and cocoa carry through the palate of this complex artisanally crafted wine. The balance of oak and black fruits creates a velvety, seductive finish..
89 Points: Wine Enthusiast
90 points: Wine Spectator’s 2007 Top 100 wines (2004 vintage)
GOLD & Best of Class: Los Angeles Int’l Wines (2007 vintage)
GOLD: Seattle Wine Awards (2007 vintage)

Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (RV)

Intense cherry, cassis and slight spice aromas lead to fruit-forward flavors of chocolate berry on the palate. This supple wine trails into a long finish that offers silky tannins and a slightly spiced cocoa finish.
89 Points: Wine Spectator
GOLD & Best of Class: San Francisco Chronicle 2011 (2008 vintage)
GOLD: Central Washington State Fair 2011 (2008 vintage)

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007/2008 (RV)

Intense aromatics of anise, mint, earth and berry are balanced with notes of wood and fruit flavors. The mid-palate presents chocolate cherry and slight vanilla notes that lead to a powerful, lingering, seductive cocoa berry finish.
95 points & #1 Top 100, 2009 Wine of the Year: Wine Spectator (2005 vintage)
92 points: Wine Spectator
4 Stars “Excellent” – Restaurant Wine (2006 vintage)