Corliss Red 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc 8%, 7% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Corliss Red is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot aged in 73% new French oak for 33 months. The fruit was sourced from some of the finest sites of the Columbia Valley. Purple in color with an inviting perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry, on the palate it is full-bodied with outstanding volume and concentration. Savory black fruits and spice emerge from this smooth-textured offering leading to a lengthy, pure finish. It has the structure to evolve for at least 3-4 years and will deliver a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2025. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium red. Captivating, perfumed aromas of raspberry, plum, redcurrant, cocoa powder, mocha and nutty oak. Then vibrant and tight in the mouth, with a lovely subtle sweetness but also firm underlying spine to its deep currant and cedar flavors. Very cabernet sauvignon in its finesse and structure. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and lingering sweetness. "
There is a saying that, "one makes a thousand decisions from vine to bottle." At Corliss, we exercise the discipline to make the highest quality decisions at each stage. From sustainable, meticulous viticulture in our four Estate Vineyards, to individual berry sorting at harvest, to slow native yeast fermentations in micro-scale custom oak fermenters. We follow this with extended elevage of two and one half years in barrel, rigorous selection of the best lots for blending, and over two years of additional aging in bottle before the wines are finally labeled and available for enjoyment.
Our winemaking is the result of teamwork and patience. Michael Corliss has, from the beginning, been at the center. He is engrossed in every detail and has guided our winemaking philosophy. He is our barometer of consistency for developing the Corliss style. Surrounding Michael is a talented staff of winemaking professionals including our on-site winemaking team of Andrew Trio and Griffin Frey (who bring experience and perspective from Napa, Europe, and Australia) as well as Philippe Melka, one of the world's most highly regarded winemaking consultants. Together, we strive to achieve the highest actualization of Michael's vision that this collection of talent enables. View all Corliss Wines
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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