Happy Fall! Happy Red Wine Season.

If we are being honest, I don't really need an excuse to drink red wine, but fall and winter just makes so much more sense to pull up in a cozy sweater and a large glass of red wine. Wait, I live in Florida where cold never happens...How about some a delicious Chard, really because Fall is also the time when Columbia Crest releases some great fall wines including some tasty whites! You see how I can talk you or myself into anything?

Columbia Crest recently released their second vintage Limited Release “Gold” Red Wine Blend. The Columbia Crest 2013 Limited Release Gold Red Wine (10,000 cases produced) combines artisan wine making with the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley to deliver a world-class wine of outstanding quality and value.  Each year Columbia Crest winemakers put aside a few barrels of wine that represent the “Gold” standard of the Columbia Valley.

Columbia Crest 2013 Limited Release Gold Red Wine (10,000 cases produced)
Tasting Notes: “Dark and rich with a silky palate and flavors of fresh raspberries and salted dark chocolate, this Cabernet Franc-based red wine is a great option to pair with grilled meats and vegetables.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

New Columbia Crest Grand Estate Releases:

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. This wine pairs well with beef tenderloin or hearty pasta.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Pinot Gris Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “This light and lively Pinot Gris opens with vibrant lime-citrus and pineapple aromas. Following are vivid peach, pear and tropical fruit flavors joined by subtle nutty and spicy nuances, all balanced by crisp acidity.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with intense aromas of apples and melons, joined by signature characters of crème brulee, caramelized sugar and butterscotch. Ripe orchard fruit flavors are joined by creamy, buttery notes and balanced by lively acidity, creating a rich yet fresh wine.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “Fermented only in stainless steel, the Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay is a light-bodied wine that reveals a pure expression of the varietal. The wine opens with aromas of lemon seed, green mangoes and orange blossoms. On the palate, layers of citrus fruit flavors combine with lively acidity, creating a refreshing style of Chardonnay." Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “This Merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries. The complex fruit flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. Pair this wine with blue cheese, duck, beef, veal and dark chocolate.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2012 Grand Estates Red Blend Columbia Valley
Tasting Notes: “This complex red blend marries together a variety of characteristics and layers that complement each other, including lively flavors of red and black fruit punctuated with layers of spice and caramel on the finish.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Syrah Columbia Valley
“Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits.” Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker

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