Columbia Crest tops Wine Spectator’s Top 100
By Alex Saliby – Redmond Wine Examiner
The newest list of the top 100 wines  from Wine Spectator magazine is available in the newest issue, but for those of you who are Washington wine fans and don’t subscribe to the magazine,  here’s a sneak peak at the winners from WA state. The number on the left represents the place within the 100 list where the wine finished.

1. Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2005 95pts $27
26. Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard 2006 95pts $65
33. Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2006 92pts $25
36. Efeste Syrah Red Mountain Ceidleigh 2006 93pts $29
38. Ch Ste. Michelle Cabernet HHH Canoe Ridge Estate 2006 92pts $28
60. Spring Valley Uriah Walla Walla Valley 2006 93pts $50
66. Barnard Griffin Riesling Columbia Valley 2008 90pts $8
72. The Magnificent Wine Company Syrah Columbia Valley 2006 91pts $20
74. Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon CV Reserve 2006 91pts $22

Wow, # 1 on the list this year is a Washington State wine from Columbia Crest!  Well done!

Of course, you had to have been paying attention to your palate in the fall of 2008 when the wine was released, if you were ever to get your hands on a bottle or more of the Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cab Sauv…it’s been sold out at the winery literally the month after the Wine Spectator awarded the wine a 95 pt score.  (Those of you who might have forgotten, let me remind you, scores of 95 pts or higher are deemed “World Class Premium” products.)

Good luck searching the shops in and around your neighborhood to find some of these gems.

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