Lot 791 | 2017 Columbia Valley
An astonishingly gorgeous Meritage shiner from some of the best talent in all of Washington state.
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Showing excellent extraction and long legs, Lot 791 opens with a nose of dark cherries expertly interwoven with graphite, plum paste, wet stones, and crushed florals. A deftly balanced wine is on full display as it hits the palate, showcasing plenty of small, grippy tannins that introduce a kiss of barrel-influenced spice. The finish is welcomingly long, carrying on forever with resonant cassis, raspberry, wood-flecked vanilla, and warm fresh-baked banana bread. A shining example of what Washington has to offer.
- Columbia Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon 34%, Merlot 33%, Malbec 33%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2028
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Presents dark fruit forward on entry, and has a very nicely balanced and long-lasting finish. It compares well to Lot 695, one of my favorites. If I could award half stars I'd give it a 4.5 only because it's a bit more pricey than other CH Meritages.
Better than expected
Opened up nicely after an hour or so. Rich tannins, full of flavor, and a slight spiciness on the finish. Would purchase multiple bottles again.
Very Good Meritage
We really enjoyed this Blend, but it fell just short of Lot 769 for us. After reading other reviews, my wife wants to open another bottle of it on its own to give it a fair chance.
This is the first meritage from Washington that I can recall from CH . The meritage was lighter than Napa and Sonoma blends I've had. The nose was exceptional! Enjoyed the smooth finish and fruity finish.
Really enjoyed this blend after a good decant.
I always try the CH blends. The winemaker has a lot of freedom to create. It is very fruity, with notes of oak. Definitely decant it before enjoying.
Not As Hoped For
Overall, dissapointed in this one. Smelled awesome upon uncorking, tased like nail polish remover upon tasting. However, after letting breath for a few hours it started to come alive.
Not my favorite Meritage from CH.
I only bought 3 bottles, and enjoyed them very much. I noted in the summary "pleasantly surprised" mostly because I thought I was drinking a Napa wine. This is not to say that Washington wines aren't as good as a Napa, it's more of a statement that indicates there's some really terrific winemakers who are able to maximize their talents and create really tasty vintages.
A like dry, but should develop in time::::