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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2002
Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2002
(search item no. 84514)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for our Reserve Merlot originates from both the Wahluke slope and Horse Heaven Hills. Fruit from each source is vinified separately, with only the top 10% making it into the final blend. Barrel-aged and racked frequently, this wine has an intensity that shines through. This classic Washington Merlot has a fruit-forward appeal and a lingering, velvety texture in the mouth.

"Aristocratic stuff, elegantly balanced to weave its currant, plum and mineral aromas and flavors with layers of roasted pepper notes and mocha character from oak, lingering beautifully on the fine-grained finish. Best from 2007 through 2014."
-Wine Spectator

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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.