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Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Reserve 2002

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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

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Columbia Crest:
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.

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Snooth User: MGoodwin
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02/05/2008

Four glasses



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

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