Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends 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: 14.4%
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%.
Showcasing lots of finesse, this classic Bordeaux-style wine opens with aromatics of coconut, boysenberry and blackberry. The soft palate displays flavors of chocolate and cherries that are balanced with hints wood and fruit. These notes bring out the elegance of this powerful and enticing wine that cumulates to a lingering finish of coconut and cocoa.
65.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32.1% Merlot, 2.7% Cabernet Franc
"Smooth and spicy, with nutmeg and caramel notes and a few floral touches around a solid core of blackberry and blueberry character, finishing with firm texture. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2017."
"The purple-colored 2007 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red Wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 30 months in barrel. Toasty oak, mineral, violets, spice box, herbs, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a concentrated, dense, flavorful blend that will evolve for 2-3 years and offer peak drinking from 2014 to 2022, perhaps longer. "
The Wine Advocate
"A fine rendition of this wine that honors the founding father of the Washington wine industry. Elegant and polished, it blends classic Bordeaux varieties into a complete and satisfying wine with mixed black fruits, coffee grounds, loam, pencil shavings and fresh-cut tobacco. Drinking well already, it will age gracefully for up to a decade.
Earthy & Spicy
Right out of the bottle muskie. A little to spiky for me. Found this perfect with BBQ Beef Ribs. The tang counters well.
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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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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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