Columbia Winery Milestone Merlot 2005

Member Review by Philip James:

Intense blueberry nose with excellent concentration. Blackberries and blueberries dominate this wine. Lighter tannins and smooth bodied.

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Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in th... Read more
Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in the state. The winery has the distinction of being the first premium winery in the state as well as having the frist Master of Wine on the continent as their winemaker--David Lake. David Lake was instrumental in bringing several varietals, including Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris, into the state through a partnership with Mike Sauer, the owner of the Red Willow vineyard. Columbia Winery was the first in the state to commercially produce a Syrah, which has become one of Washington's most acclaimed varietals. Currently, Columbia Winery produces anything from a stylish Malbec, to their most popular Cellarmaster's Riesling, to beautifully crafted Syrahs and Cabernets, to a beautiful Bordeaux style blend named The Peninsula. The 2003 Otis Cabernet was awarded a spot among the top 100 wines in Washington according to the Seattle Times and the 2007 Small Lot Riesling, a lovely, crisp off-dry riesling was named the Northwest wine of the Week. They are open for tasting 7 days a week from 10-6. Tastings cost $5; a small price to pay for 5 tastes from a menu of 8 wonderful wines. The tasting room staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and prides themselves on educating visitors on Columbia Winery as well as Washington wine. Read less

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
05/15/2009

Intense blueberry nose with excellent concentration. Blackberries and blueberries dominate this wine. Lighter tannins and smooth bodied.


Snooth User: Kheldarstl
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5.00 5
02/14/2010

Not Strictly Merlot Bordeaux Blend 80 % Merlot 20 % Petire Verdot Aroma - Blueberry, Leather, Graphite, Black Cherry, Pencil shavings. Flavor - Blueberry, Leather, Chocolate, Black Cherry, Banana, Graphite, Pencil shaving, Moderate (30 second plus) finish, Very Complex. I really like Petite Verdot (Caveat emptor) so I love this wine, Very very complex flavor profile, each sip brings a new sensation of flavor, The banana flavor drove me nuts trying to identify it, after the fourth or fifth sip I figured out what it was I was tasting. The Merlot is very well balanced, a nd exceptional, Merlot is a grape which may be unappreciated in these days, but Columbia does Merlot justice, One can seee the heights to which Merlot can aspire in thise botttling, One may also see the excellent blending qualities which define Petite Verdot, This is an excellent blend and the winemaker should be commended on his (or her) masterful choice to blend these two wines to create this masterpiece, Unfortunately this a limited release as I would regularly seek out this wine in order to enjoy it's majestic cacophony of flavors.....

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