2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle
Wine Spectator

91 points

Dec 15, 2014


Wine Enthusiast

91 points

Apr 01, 2013


Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle

This Cabernet Sauvignon delivers textured spicy oak intertwined with abundant black cherry and sweet black currant dark fruit flavors. The elegant seductive fleshy mid-palate leads to an expressive, lingering finish.

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Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Total Acidity 0.58 g/100 mL
pH: 3.78
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: Aging occurred for 26 months.
Fermentaion: 6-9 days on the skins, 10 days to finish alcoholic fermentation.

A combination of weather conditions led to one of the more challenging vintages in Washington state’s history.

A freeze in Nov. 2010 affected vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, though many sites were not harmed. Additionally, the diversity of Columbia Crest’s vineyard sources balanced vintage variances.

Cool temperatures prevailed during the springtime which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks. Consistently warm summer temperatures lengthened the ripening period. Many sites began harvest three weeks later than a typical year.

October was warm and dry, allowing the grapes to hang a bit longer, creating depth without sugar accumulation.

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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.

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