Two Vines Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 13.5% abv
Aromas of strawberry, cherry and cola lead to a silky, soft palate that culminates into a long velvety finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant yet approachable and complex.
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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.
6 ratings, 5 with reviews
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Pork > Tenderloin
Definitely not for hard core Cab drinkers looking to compete with a monster steak, it is one of the best end of the day, everyday red wines available at this price point. It does pair well with pork, hearty stews, and mild cheese and crackers. I have bought many of their vintages and have always found the quality high and consistent. Very good Cab to drink as a Cab primer. My wife drinks it everyday, too. She only used to drink whites.
Paired it with a steak and it didn't come close to being able to stand up to it.
Good everyday wine, great value
Price is cheap but I love the taste and consistency bottle to bottle. Great end of a long day wine, just by itself.
Good everyday red. But nothing to write home about. Open it early as it is a very young Cab
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.