Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2005

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 98488
  • red wine
  • WS90
  • WN90
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Winemaker's Notes

This classic Washington state Merlot offers dark fruit aromas with hints of spice and slight pepper aromas which lead to a soft, velvety palate of chocolate and blackberry flavors. All of the fruit notes mingle harmoniously on the long, complex finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Velvety, round and generous, offering a lush mouthful of red raspberry, black currant and cardamom flavors, lingering effectively on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2013. 3,000 cases made. "
90 Points

"Dense crimson hue with a lavender rim. Complex scents of chocolate, plum and black cherry with hints of dust and orange zest. Sweet raspberry and plum flavors. Polished tannins and impressions of baker’s chocolate and clove accent the black cherry-driven close."
90 Points

Learn About Columbia Crest Map ItMap It

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. ...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) 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...

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