Columbia Crest Winery is based in the town of Paterson, Washington, located on the northern banks of the Columbia River in the Columbia Valley. The winery produces a wide variety of red and white wines using a multitude of different varietals.
The 2007 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.8% Merlot, and 0.2% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 25 months in new oak barrels (82% French / 18% American). The wine’s ABV was 14.4%.
On the 2nd of May, 2012, I had the good fortune to attend the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in New York City. At this event, over 200 wineries from around the world gathered to pour their wines for 3 hours.
At the Grand Tour, I had the pleasure to meet Juan Muñoz Oca, the head winemaker at Columbia Crest Winery. That evening, Juan was pouring his 2009 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon (it was quite good). I made a note to keep an eye out for the H3 Cab, or anything else from Columbia Crest.
One week later, while dining at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, NJ, I happened to see not only the H3 on the wine list, but the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
I decided to give the Reserve a taste.
The wine was opened and poured without decanting.
The nose was full of black fruit and pepper.
As I took a sip, black fruit was the first thing I tasted, plum, black cherry, and black currant. Mingling in with the fruit was chocolate, pepper, and a hint of vanilla. Tannins were present, but not overly harsh. They were helped by the meal. I’m not sure this vintage is ready for drinking without food right now.
The finish was a pleasant one, medium-long in length.
This wine would go well with most red meat dishes. It would hold up well with most sauces, so a pasta dish would fit as well. My meal consisted of a house salad (field greens, apples, walnuts, two wedges of tomato and gorgonzola, all tossed in a vinaigrette), followed by a Teriyaki burger. The wine went great with dinner.
The 2007 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve cost me $80 at the restaurant. It retails in the $40 range. It is a decent buy at that price. I will definitely try it again and am looking forward to picking up some of the H3 (under $20!) to sample.