Columbia Crest Grand Estates Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Aromas of lavender, violets, and herb de Provence lead to meaty
flavors of bacon and jam on the palate. The silky, smooth finish
is inviting with and accentuated by a sweet aftertaste.
"Following on the heels of a stylistic shift in 2007, this delivers solid fruit flavors highlighted by tart boysenberry, then brings in light notes of earth, lead pencil and coffee grounds. Tannins are firm and carry the finish through a medium-long fade.
"Dense and ripe as crushed prunes, this wine's dark, satisfying figgy flavor emerges with air—a dark brown spice that frames the ripeness. Serve it around the grill."
Wine & Spirits
"Fresh and lively, focusing its blackberry and spice flavors against sandy tannins. A well-mannered style. Best to drink with hearty food. Drink now through 2014. 11,500 cases made."
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Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. ...
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Learn About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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