Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

By on December 9, 2013

columbia-crest-grand-estates-cabernet-sauvignon-bottleBest Buy! They’ve changed out logo and the historic sign that greets visitors to this Horse Heaven Hills winery — the largest in the Pacific Northwest — yet the quality remains unchanged. Investment in the barrel regimen of 16 months in 1/3 new oak offers up aromas of cocoa powder and rich chocolate behind boysenberry and blueberry. Inside is a profile of juicy purple fruit — blackberry and plum — backed with more chocolate and coffee. Its structure is one of pleasing balance with acidity and tannin that’s far from aggressive. Suggested fare includes beef tenderloin or a plate of pasta in puttanesca sauce.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 272,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.


  1. Chris Van Hemelrijck

    April 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I have tasted & enjoyed this wine very much.
    I would like to purchase at least 2 cases.

    • Eric Degerman

      April 22, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Greetings Chris,
      I would urge you to click on the “Winery website” link, which will take you to the Columbia Crest website so you can order or ask more questions.

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