COLUMBIA-CREST RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 2006
From Columbia Valley, Washington State. Blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Dark red color. Very smooth with aromas of cocoa, dark cherries, and vanilla oak. On the palate there's lots of sweet tannins, mint, dusty cocoa, black cherry candy finish. Not a huge Cabernet by California or Washington standards. Medium bodied but still has some boldness.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
The 2005 vintage of this wine received a 95 point score from Wine Spectator and is most likely in contention for a spot among the Top 10 wines of year on their forthcoming list. This effort is clearly not the same as the prior vintage but still enjoyable. For $25 a bottle, there's still great value here. I found the wine to be a bit too fruit forward and sweet at times. It begs for food and is not as enjoyable on its own.