Some Quick Wine Notes

1. I learned something from my Dad over dinner tonight: compared to Italian wines, California wines generally tend to be fruitier, less tight/focused, and less intense.

In other words, he would be killin’ it right now if he were in Tuscany and/or Russian River Valley.

2. On that note, if you are looking for a decent, medium-bodied red wine for under $20.00, Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ( is something to consider.  A Washington State wine, it has a nice floral nose, earthy flavors, and a surprisingly nice cocoa finish to it, something that becomes more evident as it opens up.  It may be a bit too fruity to some of you looking for a more serious Cabernet, but it still is worth a try, especially if you are on a budget and/or new to wine.


3 responses to “Some Quick Wine Notes

  1. That’s pretty crazy to bring up Columbia Crest winery–it’s within an hour of my house. Then again, as I live just north of the Horse Heaven Hills in the Tri-Cities there are 50 wineries within a 60 mile radius of me.

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