Columbia Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley, WA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 25 June

ColumbiaWinery_2009_CabSauvThis wine seemed promising right away, appearing to have more depth of fruit than previous Columbia Winery offerings reviewed here, but it really needed 1.5 – 2 hours of air in a decanter to come around. Then, it showed flavors of dark, ripe fruit of cherry / kirsch, sweet plum, purplish blackcurrant / blackberry / boysenberry, subtle non-fruit complexities of black pepper, coffee or maybe dark tobacco, and toasted oak, with balancing acid and a firmly tannic finish.  From the boysenberry flavors, It wouldn’t surprise me if there were some Malbec in this.  None of my bottle survived to see the next day, but I expect it would be okay. Nonetheless, I would suggest drinking this pretty soon, since at times there were hints that it’s getting too old.  If you, like me, enjoy a wine with New World fruit that is more restrained and structured than most New World wines, this is definitely Thumbs Up.

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One thought on “Columbia Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. RB

    I liked this one quite a bit as well and went back for more. There is still a good supply at the Olympia store, where it goes for $1 more.

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