2005 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet?

The most recent WS Insider (11/26/08) gave this $27 wine a very favorable review and 95 points (see below). I'm eager to try it, figuring that even if Harvey Steiman erred on the side of generosity, it should be a good QPR buy. BUT, I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone KNOW (as opposed to assuming or guessing) whether this wine has been released? Has anyone here tasted it, and if so, what was your opinion?

Here's the review:

Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005
95 points | $27 | 6,000 cases made | Red
Ripe in favor, with a vivid array of black currant, blackberry, violet, black tea and black pepper aromas and favors that zoom through to a long, expressive finish. Shows subtlety in the layers of complex favor against a refined structure. Tannins are present but nicely contained. Best from 2010 through 2015. From Washington.—H.S.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
It has been released.

The Dallas distributor has 200 cases in inventory.

FYI, the 2004 is pretty tasty.


What he said. Tasted it a little over an hour ago at a retail tasting. The retailer I frequent bought 60 cases of the stuff. They're swimming in it.

BTW, I liked it. It's pretty dang good for the money. Don't know if I'd go 95 points like Harvey did but it's definitely a 90+ point wine for the low $20s after discount. Good QPR here.
The winery has this in stock. Case price is $22.95 per bottle, and half-case is $24.30 per bottle. The winery currently has a one-cent shipping deal, or 50% off 2-day or overnight shipping. They do, however, charge sales tax.

Here's the link: ORDER

Click on ALL WINES, then on RESERVE.

BE SURE TO ENTER THE SHIPPING DISCOUNT CODE BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER! The code is at the top of the page, and there's a link to the right for entering it.
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
i tried to grab some, but they won't ship anywhere! With the extra cost of double or triple shipping - it just isn't worth it.


Don't you have family in my town? If you are coming this why any time soon, I will see if I can adjust my order and hold them for you until you can get up here. I am happy to do it, just let me know.
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
i tried to grab some, but they won't ship anywhere! With the extra cost of double or triple shipping - it just isn't worth it.


Your view of "anywhere" is somewhat limited. Here's what the winery's site says about shipping locations:


Shipping Destinations
State laws restrict or prevent shipping wine directly to consumers in some states. We are able to ship wine purchased over the internet to the states listed in the table below. Deliveries can only be made to physical addresses. We cannot ship to Post Office boxes or APO/FPO addresses. Some states restrict the amount a consumer can have shipped from a winery. The information below is a summary of the quantities we can ship.

Alaska* (No Limit)
California (No Limit)
Colorado
Connecticut (2 cases/60 days)
DC (1 case/month)
Florida
Hawaii* (3 cases/year)
Idaho (2 cases/month)
Iowa (2 cases/month)
Minnesota (2 cases/year)
Missouri (2 cases/year)
Nebraska (1 cases/month)
New Hampshire* ( 6 cases/year)
New Mexico (2 cases/month)
New York (36 cases/year)
Nevada (12 cases/year)
North Carolina (2 cases/month)
North Dakota (3 cases/month)
Oregon (2 cases/month)
South Carolina (2 cases/month)
Texas* (15 bottles/30 days)
Vermont (12 cases/year)
Virginia (2 cases/month)
Washington (No Limit)
West Virginia (2 cases/month)
Wisconsin (12 cases/year)
Wyoming (2 cases/year)

*Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire: Shipment permitted only to certain “wet” areas. Call (800) 267-6793
** If shipping to an address in WA State, actual tax charges may differ from shown amount once the shipping address is reconciled in our system. Please click here for additional information.
If your state is not listed above and you believe you can legally receive wine shipments in your state, please call us at 888-617-WINE (9463), M-F, 10-5PST.
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Originally posted by RDCollins:
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
i tried to grab some, but they won't ship anywhere! With the extra cost of double or triple shipping - it just isn't worth it.


Your view of "anywhere" is somewhat limited. Here's what the winery's site says about shipping locations:


Shipping Destinations
State laws restrict or prevent shipping wine directly to consumers in some states. We are able to ship wine purchased over the internet to the states listed in the table below. Deliveries can only be made to physical addresses. We cannot ship to Post Office boxes or APO/FPO addresses. Some states restrict the amount a consumer can have shipped from a winery. The information below is a summary of the quantities we can ship.

Alaska* (No Limit)
California (No Limit)
Colorado
Connecticut (2 cases/60 days)
DC (1 case/month)
Florida
Hawaii* (3 cases/year)
Idaho (2 cases/month)
Iowa (2 cases/month)
Minnesota (2 cases/year)
Missouri (2 cases/year)
Nebraska (1 cases/month)
New Hampshire* ( 6 cases/year)
New Mexico (2 cases/month)
New York (36 cases/year)
Nevada (12 cases/year)
North Carolina (2 cases/month)
North Dakota (3 cases/month)
Oregon (2 cases/month)
South Carolina (2 cases/month)
Texas* (15 bottles/30 days)
Vermont (12 cases/year)
Virginia (2 cases/month)
Washington (No Limit)
West Virginia (2 cases/month)
Wisconsin (12 cases/year)
Wyoming (2 cases/year)

*Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire: Shipment permitted only to certain “wet” areas. Call (800) 267-6793
** If shipping to an address in WA State, actual tax charges may differ from shown amount once the shipping address is reconciled in our system. Please click here for additional information.
If your state is not listed above and you believe you can legally receive wine shipments in your state, please call us at 888-617-WINE (9463), M-F, 10-5PST.


fair enough doug - I was expressing frustration that they do not ship to states that I have normally have shipped into (since it is next to impossible to ship into Tennessee). I normally ship to Ohio and New Orleans. I have also shipped to Georgia, Illinois and Michigan all of which are not on CC's shipping list.

I might take Keeno up on his offer - I need to check with my uncle and find out when he is coming to Nashville next.

G

BTW - Doug - thanks for posting the offer - my cousin in LA is picking up a few bottles too. I'd ship to him, but he would drink them all!
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
fair enough doug - I was expressing frustration that they do not ship to states that I have normally have shipped into (since it is next to impossible to ship into Tennessee). I normally ship to Ohio and New Orleans. I have also shipped to Georgia, Illinois and Michigan all of which are not on CC's shipping list.

I might take Keeno up on his offer - I need to check with my uncle and find out when he is coming to Nashville next.

G

BTW - Doug - thanks for posting the offer - my cousin in LA is picking up a few bottles too. I'd ship to him, but he would drink them all!


Did you call the phone number listed to talk with them about shipping to any of those states? If so, what did they say?
thirsty man:

I am going to be out tonight at a Christmas party. If you decide you want some, it may be "cleaner" if you order them yourself and ship to my address. I can e-mail that to you if necessary (I will have access to e-mail tonight). Just let me know and I will post it.
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Originally posted by RDCollins:
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Originally posted by thirsty man:
fair enough doug - I was expressing frustration that they do not ship to states that I have normally have shipped into (since it is next to impossible to ship into Tennessee). I normally ship to Ohio and New Orleans. I have also shipped to Georgia, Illinois and Michigan all of which are not on CC's shipping list.

I might take Keeno up on his offer - I need to check with my uncle and find out when he is coming to Nashville next.

G

BTW - Doug - thanks for posting the offer - my cousin in LA is picking up a few bottles too. I'd ship to him, but he would drink them all!


Did you call the phone number listed to talk with them about shipping to any of those states? If so, what did they say?


left a message (after going through a phone tree from hell)- no return call yet. I know there is no problem shipping to New Orleans or Ohio and am surprised that they do not ship there. Hopefully I will hear back shortly that they can ship to one of those places.

G
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Originally posted by greensteve:
I just tried to order 6 bottles from the winery and they would only allow me to order 2. I'll just have to wait and try to source some locally (eventually).
The site now shows the wine as being SOLD OUT. It said the same thing a couple of days ago, and earlier today it said the 2005 Walter Clore Reserve was sold out but now shows it as available, so you might want to check back in another day or two.
Mike,

I picked mine up out of CA and my local store I usually work through in MN has some but wholesaler made him buy some 04 to get the 05.

He actually bought some out of CA at retail as MN wholesale price was the same including shipping. Go figure.

When do you plan on getting some?
I ordered 15 bottles from k and l in lots of 8, 4, and 3. Picked up the first 8, opened one and popped and poured (with Vinturi aeratoro). Was fairly unimpressed, although I did have a terrible cold at the time. Still, cancelled the order for the last 3, and now have 11 waiting in the cellar for another try in 2010.
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Originally posted by 97edwardc:...Was fairly unimpressed, although I did have a terrible cold at the time....
Since the perception of "taste" depends in large part on smell (olfactory stimulation), evaluating wine when you have a cold is like judging art in the dark.

Contrary to popular belief, your tongue senses only a few things, such as sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory (umami).
I just got a call from a local grocer saying they will hold two for me at $26.99. Seems worth a stab, even if I consider it to be a 92 point wine.

The Reserve CC is usually less dominated by oak than the Grand Estates bottlings, and the fruit shows more dimensions. I'll let you know.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
So what, did CC send WS a couple bottles to review before even releasing it?
Many wines are reviewed by WS, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, Connoisseurs Guide, and others before they're released, and -- surprise surprise -- even from the barrel. Nothing untoward about that, IMHO. James and Bob generally don't drive to the local BevMo to grab a few hundred bottles off the shelves for their next tasting.

In this case, the wine was part of the winery's fall 2008 club selection, which I understand was sent to club members in October; the Wine Spectator Insider reviewed the wine in its 11/26/08 edition. No big conspiracy here.

I suspect a lot of the wine was purchased by club members, who get 30% off if they order more of any club selection. And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the winery is holding back some wine for later release, hoping it will be high on the WS Top 100 list for 2009.

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