AND NOW FOR THE OTHER HALF OF THE WARRIOR TWINS: GALLO’S FORAY INTO WASHINGTON STATE CONTINUES WITH COLUMBIA WINERY

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And now for the Columbia Wines…

Columbia Winery Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Good.  Nice, light-bodied white with hints of fresh-pressed yellow and green apples, pears, and white spices.

Columbia Winery Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Very Good.  Solid Chardonnay, medium-bodied, hints of spice and vanilla amidst notes of honeyed apple, pear tartlet, lime zest and nectarine.

Columbia Winery Gewurtztraminer Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Okay.  Slightly sweet applesauce, the syrup that canned pears come in, hints of nutmeg and allspice spilt across the kitchen counter.  Not bad but falls short at the finish.

Columbia Winery Cellarmaster’s Riesling Columbia Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  A mélange of apple brown betty, pear tart, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nectarine and pineapple upside down cake notes – a terrific example of value in Washington State Riesling.

Columbia Winery Syrah Columbia Valley 2007.  Grade=Outstanding.  The color of DEEP PURPLE with notes of blueberry pie, raspberry pie, baking spices, milk chocolate, root beer, and toasty oak.

Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Very Good.  Black fruits, sage, cedar and tobacco notes combine amongst hints of dried black cherries, roasted herbs and graphite for a leaner, earthier Cab.

Columbia Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2008.  Grade=Very Good.  Medium-bodied Merlot with firm tannins and nice expressions of black and blue fruits, chocolate, cedar, cigar box and crushed violets.

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