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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Columbia Crest Estate Series Merlot 1996
Columbia Crest Estate Series Merlot 1996
(search item no. 7662)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Columbia Crest we consider Merlot our flagship wine, and so do the critics. The grapes were selected from fully mature vineyards along the Columbia River, hand-harvested, and vinified separately according to lot characteristics before aging in French oak barrels. As to the result, we invite you to judge for yourself.
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About Columbia Crest:

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.