Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah, 2000
Columbia Crest is one of the largest wineries in Washington and produces quality wines across a large price range. We purchased this reserve Syrah, from the winery, back in the autumn of 2002. This wine was highly acclaimed and made the Wine Spectator “Top 100” list in 2002. Last night we decided to open this wine to enjoy over the Labor Day Holiday. We decanted this reserve wine for about one hour before tasting. The color was a dark, opaque purple with black highlights and a ruby rim. The nose was packed with fresh blackberry, plum and spice. This was a big wine with plump flavors of dark berries, chocolate covered cherries and some white pepper. The mouth feel was thick and rich with abundant smooth tannins and gentle acidity. There was a cream cheese component that complimented the generous fruit flavors. This wine cellared very well over the past 6-7 years. This wine was produced from Columbia Crest's best syrah grapes, in small quantities, and was sold at the winery for about $25. This was a stunningly good wine from one of Washington States “Big Boys”.