2004 Cellars Columbia Valley Cuvée

by artfuldiner on January 21, 2009

in Wine

wine-of-the-month-february1Every once in a while, I’ll be recommending a wine that I find particularly interesting, which, hopefully, will be of interest to readers…

The wines of Bordeaux can be expensive – outlandishly expensive – and, in many cases, they are simply not worth the exorbitant tariffs. In the wine world, however, necessity is nothing if not the mother of invention… So many US vineyards are beginning to produce Bordeaux-like wines of increasingly high quality at more reasonable prices. Not that they are cheap, by any means, but a majority are certainly less expensive than many of their French counterparts.

Such is the 2004 JM Cellars Columbia Valley Cuvée. It goes for about $35.00 per bottle, depending upon your local retailer, but it is, in my opinion, worth every penny. This superbly blended vintage – 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 10% Cabernet Franc – boasts a remarkable depth of luscious fruit, an elegantly supple texture, and a long, lingering finish. There’s just enough alcohol here – 14.1% — to caress rather than overwhelm the palate, and the tannins are perfectly balanced. This wine should continue to evolve and will age quite well… But only 525 cases were produced, so you’d better get a move on.

Cheers!

TAD

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