Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines 2001
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.
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External Reviews for Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines
Bright raspberry scents, with a fresh and lifted aspect that adds to its immediate appeal. The blend includes 10% cab franc and 10% cab sauvignon, a lot of complexity in an $8 wine. This is substantial, layered, with a plummy, herbal, fairly tannic middle and plenty of weight in the follow-through.
Lean and earthy, with a brown sugar edge to the generous berry flavors. Drink now.
Ripe, plump and generous with its fresh cherry, dried cherry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, nicely framed with toasty oak as the fruit persists impressively on the long finish. Drink now through 2009.
Smooth, supple, full and ripe, with a classic chocolate/cherry character. The Merlot hits the palate a bit broader than the Cab, which is more precise but not as weighty. It is unquestionably a very seductive wine, broad yet medium deep, with dark berry and chocolaty flavors wrapped together, finishing with a very French hint of herb.
This well-priced Merlot from the wineryrsquo;s Grand Estates line blends in 10 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Ray Einberger feels the Merlot from estate vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills adds texture and body, while grapes from the Wahluke Slope contribute aromatics and complexity. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels.