It's been long overdue since I've tried wine from the Columbia Winery. My earlier experiences with their wine was not too memorable, unfortunately.
Columbia Winery has a long history of winemaking, founded in the early 1960s. While being around for a long time could cause a winery to become stale, it also gives them experience and time to grow. After hearing about the amazing experience had by trustworthy colleague, we decided to give it a go.
The winery's tasting room is in the Hollywood district, just outside of all the chaotic round-a-bouts. Parking is ample.
The tasting room is spacious and welcoming. It opens up into a nice patio in the rear.
There is a cozy bar area where you're surrounded by a nice display of their portfolio, and this leads to the barrel room. (I'll need to investigate what it's like back there, we didn't have a chance)
2020 Viognier - "honeysuckle...apple, bosc pear, apricot and a touch of salinity." A- rating.
2020 Barbera - "kirsch cherry and cranberry with a hint of finely ground pepper, dried violet, and cocoa lead into silky tannins and a smooth finish." A rating.
2016 Syrah - Horse Heaven Hills AVA. "aromas of jammy dark fruits and a subtle hint of toasted oak. the palate is luscious with notes of dark plum and spice." A rating.
2018 Merlot - Weinbau vineyard, Wahluke Slope AVA. "aromas of black cherry and soft violet compliment ribbons of pomegranate and dark chocolate." A rating.
2019 Gradient - 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc. "aromas of black cherry with notes of earthy rose petals blend with layers of coffee beans and blackberry." A rating.
2017 LX2 Cabernet Sauvignon - "aromas of black raspberry, dark cherry and plum blossom...notes of ripe blueberry, violet and a rich layer of espresso" A+ rating.
We were blown away by the Columbia Winery. We joined their club that day! Their wines were solid, refined, with great depth and range. The price point to quality is extremely reasonable. The easy parking, large tasting room, ambience, and the available patio makes the tasting experience convenient and comfortable. This would be a great place to bring a good sized group to share a tasting experience. We highly recommend checking out the Columbia Winery!