Columbia Crest Two Vines Shiraz, 2001
Columbia Crest Shiraz, from the Two Vine collection, is readily available in the Seattle area for under $8. We bought this bottle about 2 or 3 years ago and tucked it away in the cellar. Last night, Kate secretly selected this wine to enjoy with a casual dinner in front of the TV. I was given a glass "blindly" to sniff and sip and try to guess the varietal and region. This is a common ritual in our household that adds to the overall fun of drinking nice wines. The color was a dark purple and almost opaque. On the nose were the aromas of blackberry jam, plums and Skittles. In the mouth was an explosion of sweet fruit flavors with a major load of blueberries, cherries and cotton candy. There was also a subtle taste of vanilla and oak accompanying the soft, smooth finish. This is a medium bodied wine with low tannins and a very "new-world" appeal. As I analyzed this "mystery wine", I was thinking Shiraz, but uncertain whether to guess Australia or Washington State. I told Kate my thoughts and she revealed the bottle and congratulated me on a good job of guessing the mystery wine. We both thought this wine was too much like a "candy fruit-bomb" and not our favorite style at this point in time!