By Kori ~ November 5th, 2009.
Note: The “Wine Word of the Week” series will be moving to Saturdays as this new “A Wine for Tonight” series will be running on Thursdays starting today.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so this is the first in a series of weekly posts entitled “A Wine for Tonight”.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Our first “Wine for Tonight” is the 2006 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, one of our longtime everyday-favorite Cabs. Widely available (200,000 cases were produced) at about $9, it has excellent QPR with a rating of 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5).
“Though the Wine Advocate has been bellowing it for years, it is worth repeating: Columbia Crest is the source of some of the finest values in the world. I am awestruck that winemaker Ray Einberger and his team can produce such quality in industrial-size quantities.” –Pierre Rovani, April 2006
Columbia Crest has been one of our favorite sources of value wines for many years and was featured in our Making your wine buying simple, enjoyable, and easy on the pocketbook post last year. Time after time in the blind tastings at our monthly wine tasting dinners, a Columbia Crest wine has finished at or near the top in the consensus rankings while invariably being one of the lowest priced wines in the tasting.
“Intense cherry, cassis and slight spice aromas lead to fruit-forward flavors of chocolate berry on the palate. This supple wine trails into a long finish that offers silky tannins and a slightly spiced cocoa finish.” –Winemaker Ray Einberger’s tasting notes on the 2006 Grand Estates Cab
2006 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, WA)
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25