“CVR” Red Wine
We are proud of our meticulous selection process: It ensures that all of our wines will continue to compete globally at the highest levels. Our CVR is a blend of declassified lots that did not make it into our flagship wines. For our 2013 vintage the blend was 73 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 percent Merlot, percent Cabernet Franc, 4 percent Petit Verdot, and 3 percent Malbec with the fruit sourced from the Champoux, Galitzine, Palengat, Tapteil, and Wallula vineyards.
Our obsession with quality works to the benefit of the CVR program. This is a wine of ripe red fruit, smoke, spice, and minerality. It is full-flavored and rich, smooth and elegant. The winemaking techniques we use are virtually the same as for our top-level wines, but this wine was made in a slightly more fruit-forward style to encourage early enjoyment. It will be at its best within about 15 years of release.
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking
"Always a terrific value, the 2013 CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy 2013 that has tons of plums, licorice, lead pencil shavings and spice to go with a rounded texture, ripe tannin and a great finish. Drink it over the coming decade."