Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot 2010
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.
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot
A well-balanced blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this fruit-forward wine displays generous blackberry and raspberry notes that wrap around a core of warm vanilla flavors and lead to a rich, silky finish.
Thoroughly delicious, this seamlessly integrated, palate-coating Merlot matches pretty berry fruit to impressive barrel flavors. Coffee, toffee and chocolate are there in abundance, smoothing out dusty tannins and adding a suggestion of sweetness.
The 2008 Merlot Grand Estates which includes 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc in its blend was aged for 14 months in 33% new oak, quite a commitment to another $12 wine. It displays a pleasant perfume of spicy red fruits, cherry blossom, and cassis but comes up slightly narrow on the palate. This wine is unlikely to be cellared by purchasers but should a bottle or two get lost and reappear in a year or two, it could well have filled out.
Lean and earthy, with a brown sugar edge to the generous berry flavors. Drink now.
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.
A bit leaner than most Washington Merlots, this well-priced bottling delivers a lively core of cherry and spice flavors, which enlarge nicely on the finish and linger. Tannins have a bit of grit to lose, so best after 2001.
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.
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Inviting, aromatic layers of sweet cherry and black fruit are wrapped around a core of toffee and vanilla notes on the supple and soft palate that lengthens to a silky finish.
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.65|
|Total Acidity: 0.54 grams per liter|
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