Welcome to this episode of “A House Divided”!
Staring Erin as The Clever Girl
With Special Guest Appearance by Mr. CGR
In a bit of a wine “pinch” we stopped at a convenience store down the road from our house looking for a wine. The selection was abysmal raging from Barefoot to 18 kinds of pink bubbly. That left us with few sane options so we pulled the Columbia Crest Two Vines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon off the shelves and high tailed it out of that wine wasteland.
After a few minutes of chilling, we were ready to pour the wine. That’s where our story begins.
Erin: The nose is cherry, mocha, and dried strawberries.
Mr. CGR: Definitely cherry… maybe some oak.
Erin: The flavor is strawberry with cherry cola, it’s very sweet for a non-dessert wine. With white and black pepper in the finish. Medium acid, medium finish, and like no tannins. Wait is that copper I taste in the finish? Kinda tastes like Wild Cherry Pepsi and blood!
Mr. CGR: Um I like this, it’s got the cola for sure with berries. Pepper and cocoa? I don’t taste any copper or blood.
*cut scene to a montage of Mr. CGR yelling into my phone to see how many inane things it would spell correctly*
Mr.CGR: Smooth, like fine Corinthian Leather!
*Erin thinks she should never have shown him those Ricardo Montalbán commercials*
Erin: What would you rate the wine?
Mr. CGR: Let’s get “crunk” level?
Mr.CGR: Sorry you don’t read the same wine blogs I do and you don’t know the lingo…
Erin: On the standard Wine Spectator Scale?
Mr. CGR: High 80’s… um 90. Yes, 90.
Now for the technical stuff! The Columbia Crest Two Vines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon alcohol content was 13.5%. It was oak aged for 10 months and went through malolactic fermentation. It’s not all Cabernet; featuring 15% Merlot. This particular wine was from the Columbia Valley and was grown in high altitude. We used stemless red wine glasses to taste the wine and aerated it with our Vinturi. The wine was a red violet with a brown undertone.
As for my rating, I’d struggle to rate it any higher than an 82. My rating is lower because I like tannins and I don’t think the wine is very complex. It’s a bit sweet for me for a “dry” wine. I’d happily drink this with some chocolate or in front of a fall bonfire. It’s not bad tasting, it’s just not an exciting or complex red wine. It would make an exceptional red wine fall themed sangria base or a pear poaching wine. On the other hand, my husband prefers lower tannins and is fine drinking an “off dry” wine with a meal. If you average our scores you get an 86. If you have a palate more like Mr.CGR you will want to stock up. If you’re more like me, tread lightly.
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