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This 2000 Columbia Valley Merlot is an excellent example of a full-bodied Washington Merlot. Ripe and concentrated, this wine strings layers of intense raspberry, complex currant and blueberry notes framed by spicy, vanilla-scented oak. Barrel aged in French oak for eighteen months, this elegant wine finishes boldly with intense cherry, blackberry and plum flavors lingering nicely on the palate. The vines are grown on original, ungrafted rootstock, which provides the grapes their intense varietal character. This wine embodies a tradition of red wine excellence, ensuring a memorable tasting experience.
"The winemaking at this Spokane-based winery goes
from strength to strength. The latest example is this firm-textured red, generous in flavor, fleshy enough to show its beautiful currant, blackberry and roasted red pepper character in a spotlight, all of it echoing smoothly on the superfine finish. Drink now through 2008."-Wine Spectator
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...Read More About Columbia Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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