Two Vines Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 13.5% abv
- screw cap wine
Plump aromas of ripe cherry, red berry and jam fill the nose, followed by notes of luscious berry sweetness on the palate. This textured wine with moderate tannins ends with a round finish.
Two Vines Winery
From vineyard to crush, the Two Vines brand speaks to the method
of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure. The result is approachable wines of richer flavor, deeper color and brighter fruit expression for popular appeal and immediate enjoyment.
A longtime leader, Two Vines earns consistent "Best Value" and "Best Buy" designations from leading wine publications.
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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.
Merlot 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.
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.
12 ratings, 6 with reviews
I find this wine very reliable. Check the blend for each new vintage, but generally well constructed and a worthy house wine. 3 stars - not likely to buy 4 stars - will buy again at a good price 5 stars - will buy if and when I can afford to do so
Yummy...my family liked too
This is an easy-drinking, raspberry-tinged wine that's great with a meat sauce.
- Smooth & Supple
- Earthy & Spicy
Best bang for the buck. Very consistent and smooth and great for your mid-week at home Cabernet.
- New Baltimore, MI
- Big & Bold
Very nice wine. The initial tste is a strong flavor of cherry that eventually turns into a sharp cola flavor. For $8.00 one can't go wrong by at least trying this. I consider this one more along the lines of bold because the flavors really pop.
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.