The Wine of the Week: Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend
by Amy Reiley
MV Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington
The Columbia Valley is a wine region on the eastern side of Washington state. It’s also Washington’s biggest AVA. It’s a region known for ripe, fruit-forward, good value red wine.
Although Washington has a reputation for cold and rain, the eastern side of the state is actually a sunny place. In fact, it gets as much as 300 days of sunshine annually. The growing season also a very consistent one, making a great environment for producing bold reds from grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
About this Wine
This good value red wine is a multi-vintage blend heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There’s also a bit of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend. It’s a medium-bodied red with a true ruby color. It has compelling blackberry, cranberry and black plum aromas and bright, vibrant red fruit flavors. Wonderfully biting acidity and soft tannins make it an approachable drink.
Try this red blend with a variety of barbecue and party foods, including burgers, white pizza and steak sandwiches.
This is a fun wine with approachable, jammy flavors and a smooth finish. It really is one of the best value, American red wines you’ll find for $12 or less. I would be happy to drink it again and would definitely consider it as a viable choice for a casual party like a beach barbecue.
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