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Date Printed: 4/21/2014
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2005
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2005
(search item no. 91449)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/21/2014: $11.49

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
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 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:

Blend: 94% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc

"This complex, artisanally crafted wine offers classic Merlot spice, ripe cherry fruit and cocoa aromatics which persist on the palate. The balance of wood and black fruits creates a velvety, seductively smooth finish."
- Ray Einberger, Winemaker

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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.