Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"Just-picked aromas of raspberry and black cherry introduce a plush balance of fruit and oak in the mouth. Berry and subtle cocoa flavors linger on the palate." Ray Einberger, Winemaker

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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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Member Reviews for Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines

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Snooth User: jamessulis
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3.50 5
11/18/2012

This is one nice merlot. Aromas of cola, cream soda and caramel with a touch of vanilla and strawberry jam and very smooth, deep and rich. The pricing on this is a gift from Columbia Crest retailing at under $9 dollars a bottle. I generally prefer a Cabernet but sometimes crossover to a merlot of this quality. If you like merlot this is the one and if you don't like it..........hmmm then I guess you don't like apple pie on Sundays. I will buy this one over and over as it is wonderful with my usual home mesquite smoked back ribs.


External Reviews for Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/09/2012

'This fruit-forward wine is defined by aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry. Expressions of coffee and cocoa frame the mid-palate, and spice round out the soft velvetyfinish.' -Ray Einberger, Winemaker


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Columbia Crest has outdone itself with a wine of prodigious fruit extract and spicy new oak accents. Full-bodied and literally bursting with jammy, voluptuous currant and berry flavors, this young red shows remarkable balance and harmony as well as a smooth textbook Merlot finish. A quality wine with flavors everyone will enjoy.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Another excellent vintage for this textbook, good-value Columbia Valley Merlot. Silky, softly spiced and seductive, from its lush, toasty nose to its cherry/berry fruit to its chocolatly finish. Still a little hard, so leave some time for it to breathe.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Ripe raspberry and wild berry characters are pronounced in the nose and on the palate. Soft and luscious in the mouth; tastes beautiful now, but will grow increasingly complex with up to six years of bottle age.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light in texture, with polished raspberry, tobacco and cedar flavors on a modest frame. Finishes with a pleasant meaty note. Drink now through 2003.


External Review
09/27/2011

Though perhaps just a notch below the 2002 version, this remains the Merlot to beat in the budget bottle sweepstakes. Bright berry fruit is married to smooth chocolate, without appearing over-manipulated or laced with fake vanilla. Creamy and consistent, it's widely available at a great price. Over 172,000 cases were produced.


External Review
09/27/2011

Ripe aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, roasted coffee bean, mocha, and polished smoky oak dominates this elegant, supple wine. It's powerful, but understated. Everything about it is big, but it's kept on a tight leash. Dry, with dusty tannins, its drinkable now.


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Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cola, cream soda and caramel lead to expressions of vanilla and strawberry jam on the smooth palate, flavors of spice round out the silky finish.

"Just-picked aromas of raspberry and black cherry introduce a plush balance of fruit and oak in the mouth. Berry and subtle cocoa flavors linger on the palate." Ray Einberger, Winemaker

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.71
Total Acidity: 0.51 grams per liter

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