Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot 2008

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Aromatics of lovely red berries lead to the velvety and supple palate. This well-balanced blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc offers pleasant acidity and a soft finish.

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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.

Member Reviews for Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot

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Snooth User: Wolle
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4.00 5
10/03/2011

My Rating :90. The wine is elegant with a little too much acidity for my liking. Taste is well balanced with hint of berries and oak . Nose is very long . kept up the second day. Tannins are fine grained and well incorporated


Snooth User: cgplayer9
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4.00 5
08/06/2011

Day 1 glass 1 after 30 minutes aerating showed lots of promise - highly acidic, very tight tannins; clearly needs more aging. Day 2, glass two, still a healthy amount of acid, but more of the beauty of this wine started coming out. Very juicy, dark fruit - blackberry, plum peels, tar, slightly aromatic, and a lovely long aromatic dark fruit finish. But still considerable tightness in the tannins - a couple of more years of age and this will be a voluptuous wine!


Snooth User: grittyk
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3.50 5
07/07/2011

"Juicy fruit is gonna move you! Tastes so soft, it gets right to you. Juicy fruit, the taste, the taste, the taste is gonna move you!" When I taste the wine I can't help but think of that 1980s jingle. At $6 (on sale) this is a steal of a value. I love Cab Franc and that's why I've always found Columbia Crest's low priced Meritage (TM) 101 (or as my university would call it MRTG 101) so yummy. This is not a serious wine, but it is a great everyday quaffer.


Snooth User: anstett
85299896
3.00 5
04/30/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This is the gold standard for $8 Merlot from anywhere in the world. Pretty fruit is highlighted by bright raspberry scents. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, with lovely flavors of sweet cherry and milk chocolate.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Smooth, velvety and appealing for its refined red pepper-accented cherry and raspberry fruit, hinting at tobacco as the finish lingers gently. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright and jazzy, this red has a refreshing zing to its raspberry and floral flavors, picking up a cinnamon note on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A drink-me-now wine, lithe, supple and distinctive for its blueberry and roasted red pepper flavors, finishing with silky texture that supports the flavors beautifully. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Smooth and spicy on the palate, this Washington red unfolds its dark cherry, licorice and herbal flavors on a bed of fine-grained tannins. A harmonious wine, its fruit echoing nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2004.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Remaining true to its Washington state pedigree, finesse and elegance mark the stylistic philosophy of this wine. Soft notes of cassis, cherry and mint are underscored by subtle tannins on a velvety finish.


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Aromatics of lovely red berries lead to the velvety and supple palate. This well-balanced blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc offers pleasant acidity and a soft finish.

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