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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2003
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2003
(search item no. 88324)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 81 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

This complex artisan wine is produced using various barrel types and varietals to offer classic Merlot spice, blackberry, and cocoa aromatics which persist on the palate. The balance of wood and black fruits creates a velvety, seductive finish.

"Supple, ripe and seductive, a plush wine with gorgeous plum, blackberry, currant and hints of exotic spice swirling through the round, generous finish. Drink now through 2010."
- Wine Spectator "Best Value" and 90 Rating

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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.