Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 1998
Tasting Notes “This complex, artisanally crafted wine offers classic Merlot spice, ripe cherry fruit, and cocoa aromatics which persist on the palate. The balance of wood and black fruits creates a velvety, seductively smooth finish.” -Ray Einberger, Winemaker Vinification * Grapes were crushed with 20% whole berries remaining. * Grapes fermented on skins for 6-7 days with stainless steel and open top, rotary, and standard fermenters used to extract softness, complexity, and color. * Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrels and tanks. * Wine aged 14-16 months. * The oak regime featured 25% new French and American oak barrels. * Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon contributed softness and further fruit dimension to the final blend. Technical Data * Total acidity: 0.53 g/100ml * pH: 3.66 * Alcohol: 13.5% * Blend: 94% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.