Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000
Last night we dined at Tilth, in Seattle, and we brought a bottle of Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that we had in our cellar for the past 5 years. Each year Columbia Crest produces some reserve wines from grapes hand-picked from their top vineyard sites. Only 1000 cases of this reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were produced from the 2000 vintage and it was rated 93 points by Wine Spectator magazine. The head waiter kindly decanted the wine and provided us with some lovely Bordeaux style glasses. The color of the wine was deep red with some crimson. The aroma was both intense and exotic with lovely cherry, plum, coffee, cedar and spice. The mouth- feel was luscious with deep current, cherry, cocoa, earth and some toasty oak. This was a full bodied wine with abundant ultra-smooth mature tannins and excellent depth and length. The aging of this wine enhanced the elegant integration of the abundant fruit, toasty oak and tannins. This wine was well worth the $30 price tag (in 2003) and represents one of the best Columbia Valley Cabernets we have ever enjoyed.