Corliss Estates 2003 Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon

Tasted at 57-63 degrees on the IR temp gun.

Dark. Extracted. Youthful garnet edge reveals the tale of a meticulously crafted debut wine after a trial of vintages that didn’t make the cut. Aromas of dried black currant, charred earth, black truffle, and grilled Walla Walla onions in Snake River blackberry reduction set the presentation of a buffet of nettle, black fruits, allspice, black olive, black licorice, black cherry, black plum, Cohiba Siglo VI, smoked raspberries, and a sweet kiss of oak. A wine built for the next two generations to enjoy.

Alcohol: 14.7%. Columbia Valley AVA. 2259 bottles. Unfined and unfiltered. Power: 4/5. Balance: 4/5. Depth: 4/5. Finesse: 5/5. Rated: 97. Value: $125. Paid: $75. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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2 Responses to Corliss Estates 2003 Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon

  1. Winemaker of Mass Destruction says:

    Yeeowza! I think this is the best review you have ever given for a wine. Now, this sounds like a wine I want to seek out and buy.


  2. wawineman says:


    This really deserved a full write-up but this bottle has long disappeared from the shelves and we already posted the 2006 Sorella as an “untouchable” so it would have been a disservice to the readers.

    This wine is lethal. If you can still find a bottle, get it. Loaded like a QC and that one scored a ‘100’ on Reek Puke’s advocate lineup.

    File this wine under “Legacy.”

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