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Today’s O Wines 2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine was a big hit with our tasting panel. For a wine of under $20 (way under in the case of our offer!), this wine really delivers. There is a ton of great fruit here, with great balance on the nose and on the palate. Stock up on this one… While you can!
The O Wines label was created to fund college scholarships “for low income, capable young women - so they can achieve their greatest potential through education..” This is a need-based scholarship that was established by the founders of O Wines, Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson. The brand was acquired by Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2012. The winery continues to donate a portion of proceeds to fund scholarships.
About today’s wine: In the glass, you’ll find a wine that is an inky dark garnet, almost black, at the center with a thin lip of ruby red around the outermost edge. The nose is deep and rich with mature fruit tones of a well-aged wine with aromas of leather, cacao, red, and black plum compote, mulberry, and almond. On the palate, the wine offers Washington-style rich nuance with walnut, baking spices, plum fruit leather, subtle coconut, and sun-dried tomato. Well-balanced and well-rounded, especially for the price, this wine covers all the bases and delivers a solid drinking experience from start to finish. This bread and butter wine is perfect for a bread and butter meal: Go with momma’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy for a soul-satisfying Saturday night family meal.
The Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) lies in the Columbia River Plateau, and runs through much of central and southern Washington State, with a small section crossing into the neighboring state of Oregon. The Columbia Valley AVA is the largest wine region in the state of Washington, and it includes over 11,000,000 acres, of which over 40,000 acres are planted in wine grape vineyards. The Columbia Valley AVA includes 99% of the total vineyard area planted in the state of Washington. Grapes grown there include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. The unique climates of the area allow the Columbia Valley to produce wines that are very fruit-forward, like California wines, but which also embody some of the structure and balance of European wines.
Here’s what the wine press has to say
90 Points - Washington Wine Blog - “Rich, dark color with dried herbs, cedar and blackberry with anise. Palate is fruity and has blackberry, anise and black cherry with some black olive. Tasty juice. Drink 2014-2020”
Wilfred Wong - Wine.com - “Over the past two decades, both California and Washington State have slowly incorporated Syrah into their Bordeaux blends. The appealing 2010 received 11% Syrah in addition to other blending varieties. This wine shows pert red fruit flavors with a note of savory spices. Pair with hanger steak.”
What the Winery Says
2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine
- red wine
- 59% Merlot
- 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 11% Syrah
- 3% other blending varietals
- Columbia Valley, Washington