Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2003

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 86320
  • red wine
  • WS91
  • WN90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2005
  • WS90
  • WN90
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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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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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