Columbia Crest Two Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Washington State

This is a more subtle Sauvignon Blanc than others I've tried. It's a little sweeter than California Sauvignon Blanc, and quite different from the Barnard Griffin Fumé Blanc. The grapes were sourced from the Yakima Valley and Horse Heaven Hills in Washington. As is typical for Columbia Crest, the grapes were pressed, cold-settled, and filtered before fermenting in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The final blend was made two weeks before bottling. This is a 13.5 ABV "drink it now" wine, that is fairly easy to find in the under $6.00 range.

It's delicately scented and reminds me of almost ripe pineapple and pears; the aroma is very enticing. There's a citrusy quality to the taste, but there's more melon and less pear to the taste. It's just acidic enough, though I think food pairing could be tricky; this is a wine that might be easily overwhelmed, but it's definitely light and refreshing. For a more informed opinion, see my colleague Sean Sullivan's review here.

I'll buy Columbia Crest's Two Vines Sauvignon Blanc again, since it's an easy grab-a-bottle-for dinner sort of wine, and at this price it's a bargain. I confess it's got me looking forward to spring and early summer, though thus far, the Barnard Griffin Fumé: Blanc is still my favorite Sauvignon Blanc, though the Columbia Crest Grand Estates Sauvignon Blanc is mighty fine . . .