Nicholas Cole 2005 Camille Columbia Valley
With a rib-eye grilling on a mesquite wood fire last night, I headed down to the cellar wanting something big and bold to pair with my Texas-style steak. Scanning the racks, I noticed the Nicholas Cole 2005 Camille Columbia Valley Red Wine (14.6%), a bottle I received free as part of a mixed case prize from Northwest Palate magazine.
The Camille is a blend of merlot (45%), cabernet franc (28%), cabernet sauvignon (26%), and petit verdot (1%), with the merlot coming from Canoe Ridge and the rest from the Nicholas Cole estate vineyards in Walla Walla. In the glass, this Washington red wine was an dark, inky red, delivering volatile aromas of jammy fruit and raisins. Flavors of sweet raisin fruit predominated this viscous wine, which was a bit astringent in the mid-palate, finishing in a heated burn on the back of the throat
I wanted a bold, full wine, but not in this style of fruit and winemaking. The Camille was over-ripe and over-astringent, even on the second night tasting it again. In looking back on the Washington cabs I have tried from the 2005 vintage, I much prefer the style of an Amavi, Fidelitas, Seven Hills, or Tertulia.