Nice nose of blackberries and vanilla
Smooth, velvety texture on the palate with berries, spices, and oak
Very nice, smooth finish
Columbia Crest is a favorite inexpensive producer of mine. They put together red wines that are very smooth and loaded with flavor. These wines are definitely in the "New World" style with up-front fruit and oak, but they also do just fine with food.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is generally priced about $12; I paid $10 on sale. I consider it to be a good value wine, and usually keep a few bottles on hand for a week night or as a default when no one can decide what to open. Raise a glass to good value!