Columbia Valley, WA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 12 Feb. Also at Richmond that day.
The 2007 Columbia Winery Cabernet, although Drinkable, was interesting enough for me to be eager to try this wine.
I liked iked it best after 2.5 – 3 hours of air in a decanter. At its best, the wine had flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark red / purple cherry, some purple plum, dark spice, and funk, with a hint of violets. It’s clearly WA fruit but it’s quite restrained and neither forwardly fruity nor excitingly complex. If you have time to decant it a while before you drink it, it’s good for the price, and good with food.
My saved single-glass screw cap bottle was also tasty and a little more accessible, showing purple plum, blueberry, maybe a little tar, and the same spice. The wine will likely age fine for another year, maybe two. However, with its somewhat lean and not extremely complex character, I doubt it will ever be tremendously exciting. Still, for the price, I thought it was pretty good.