Aromas of chocolate, cherry and slight mint precede a palate of cocoa and black cherry flavors. This is an intense, complex wine that culminates in the perfect balance of wood and fruit on the finish.
Blend: 93.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.6% Cabernet Franc
Total Acidity 0.59 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 14.2%
Vintage 2003 began with a typical bud break in early April.
Bloom followed in early June. Warm, dry weather conditions during this phase (the start offruit maturation) contributed to the uniformity of berry maturation at the end of the season.
High heat accumulation during late summer created excellent ripening conditions.
Very modest precipitation in August and September cooled the vineyards and slowed the ripening process.
At harvest, vineyards across the Columbia Valley had excellent physiological maturity and flavor development across varietals.
Meticulously hand-crafted in our Petit Chai – a “winery-within-a-winery” – our Reserve wines represent the pinnacle of winemaking at Columbia Crest. Sourced from premier vineyard sites, less than one percent of the finest grape yields will qualify for our Reserve program, and these wines receive the same hands-on care and attention-to-detail associated with the world’s most exclusive boutique wineries.