“CVR” Red Wine
The 2005 Columbia Valley Red Wine is inspired by the classic Bordeaux red blend, with 84 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc, and 7 percent Merlot. Our long-term relationships with the growers from the Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Galitzine, Klipsun, and Tapteil vineyards guaranteed that we received top-quality grapes for our CVR release, as well as the wines in our ultra-premium programs.
This wine, noted as a “superb value” by The Wine Advocate, reflects the richness and complexity inherent in the 2005 harvest, and was aged in predominantly new French oak for 22 months. Medium-bodied, it displays black cherry fruit, anise, marzipan, dried herbs, and minerals. The 2005 has presence. And although it was approachable on release, it will be best enjoyed after more than a decade in the cellar.
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking
"The 2005 Red Wine is the winery's second label for declassified lots. It consists of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Merlot. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive bouquet of cedar, pencil lead, spice box, black currant, and blackberry. This is followed by a full-bodied, plush wine with ample ripe tannins and layers of sweet fruit. The wine has serious weight, excellent length, and will profit from several years of additional cellaring. It should be at its best from 2011 through 2020. The wine is true to the house style and is a superb value."