Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot 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.Add winemaker's notes
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.
Three and a half glasses
Tough to beat for the price. A best buy for red and obviously a cheap gift that will make it look like you spend a lot more.
Can't argue with the price: $10.99 for 1.5L at Costco. I was impressed. Fruit forward, great party wine.
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
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!
"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.
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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.
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.
Aromas of vanilla bean, coffee bean, and mocha introduce this classic Merlot. Dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel and nutmeg flavors meld with silky tannins and create a long and elegant finish.
The blend includes 6% Syrah, and the wine has a pretty plum and blueberry color, that (perhaps by the power of suggestion) carries through into the aromas. Itandrsquo;s tight, tart, and clean, offering a mix of berry fruits and a finish lined with vanilla and tobacco. Overall the balance is excellent, the wine juicy and fresh, and the blend just about perfect.
Wonderful fresh layers of berry fruit with mouthfilling body and a refreshing finish make this Merlot one of America's most popular. Previous vintages have consistently scored as one of The Wine Spectator's Best Buys and have become a restaurant phenomenon throughout the US.
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.
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.
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|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.65|
|Total Acidity: 0.54 grams per liter|