Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Columbia Crest 2007 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)
I would have to say that the Washington wines I have tasted of late have been pretty awesome stuff. I was really blown away by a tasting of this wine a few months back and now that I got a chance to put this wine into a nice big glass and consume more then a few mouthfuls (without having to spit them), I am even more impressed. The nose was full of ripe inviting fruit like blackberry and black cherry, but there were also lovely aromas of vanilla, spice and mocha. The palate didn't disappoint in any way, starting with chocolate and cassis, then moving on to blueberry and black cherry, before allowing pepper and spice to take center stage. The wine did have some fairly aggressive tannins that seemed to soften with more swirling in the glass, but they kept popping up even after an hour. This wine shows some great potential for further aging over the next 5+ years, but it sure is drinking well right now.
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