WWD: Columbia Winery 2003 Zinfandel

We tasted Columbia Winery’s 2003 Zinfandel, Alder Ridge Vineyard at the winery’s Taste of Red weekend, and simply had to bring a bottle home. We knew it would be an excellent wine to be paired with any number of meat dishes. 

When my husband made his mean (delicious) heaping plates of spaghetti, and we knew it was time to open the Zin. This peppery ruby red wine has notes of raspberry, cherries and vanilla, with a spicy finish. Part of winemaker David Lake’s Signature Series, the grapes were hand-harvested from a slope near the Columbia River at Alder Ridge Vineyard.

Drinking this wine made it clear why Lake was deemed “Dean of Washington Winemakers” by both Wine Spectator and Decanter Magazine. We highly recommend it. Columbia Winery only has limited availability of this wine left. Hopefully we can snag a couple more bottles next time we stop by the winery.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”