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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Columbia Crest Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Columbia Crest Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 22921)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon A dark ruby wine with varietal berry and black cherry nuances layered with a hint of sage and spicy cedar. This is a full-bodied wine with flavors that linger well on the palate. ""The Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold wine that benefits from the added structure and complexities introduced by American barrels, oak that marries well with cabernet sauvignon grown in the Columbia Valley."" √∑Doug Gore, Winemaker WINEMAKING Small lots of cabernet sauvignon were vinified and held separately. Grapes were fermented on their skins for eight days with frequent pumpovers to extract additional color and flavors. Select lots then underwent extended skin contact for up to 30 days to derive additional flavor components to integrate into the final blend. The wine was aged in American oak barrels (40% new) for 16 months during which time it was racked by gravity flow every three months.
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About Columbia Crest:

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. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world.