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Professional Ratings: 88 Wine Enthusiast, 87 Wine Spectator
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 104543
This classic Merlot opens with aromas of clove and exotic spices, leading to a palate with a velvety, seductive texture. Good integration of oak and fruit notes create a lingering, complex finish.
The Grand Estates Merlot holds center court in the vast Columbia Crest portfolio. This new release, which has received extra bottle age, is seamless, smoky, supple and seductive. Exotic sandalwood and Asian spices weave from the nose into the palate, wrapped around broad black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. A darker streak of black olive and licorice runs into a finish replete with tannins that are tight and hint at stem.
Light on its feet, with a polished feel to the dark berry, prune, star anise and roasted meat flavors, fading slightly on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 250,000 cases made.