Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2012
Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
The Grand Estates merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries. On the palate our Merlot has complex fruit flavors followed by a smooth, velvety finish.
Pair this wine with Blue cheese, duck, beef, veal and dark chocolate.
Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Spectator - "Velvety, focused and generous, with black cherry and coffee flavors, hinting at dark chocolate as the finish extends. Drink now through 2017."
Columbia Crest Winery
Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world. View all Columbia Crest Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
6 ratings, 5 with reviewsAnonymous - Harrison, AR37/14/2016villagianni - Folsom, CA410/6/2015
The bottle I bought in the store seemed smoother and more velvety. My recent purchase of the same wine tasted a little sharper like it had slightly more tannin. Still very smooth for the price.53/9/2015
- Smooth & Supple
Classic Washington State Merlot. I recommend decanting this wine to enjoy its full potential. There is good depth and clarity to the dark fruit and a nice balance between the fruit and oak. Dryer than previous vintages, which makes this wine easier to pair with food. Excellent value!oyster - Shelocta, PA511/28/2014This merlot has amazing quality for the price--one of the CA standards for us.ocean0218 - Westminster, CA311/15/2014
- Big & Bold
ok light wine. Nothing is special. Not sure if decanting or using aerator will work.spaul - Greenfield, OH39/1/2014an everyday wine. nothing spectacular, but nothing from the bottom of the barrel, so to speak.
- Light & Fruity