Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Merlot, Columbia Valley
Sourced from prime vineyards in the Columbia Valley including the Horse Heaven Hills region and the Wahluke Slope, the grapes for this Grand Estates Merlot are deeply concentrated and rich in flavor. The wine was barrel-aged in 1/3 new oak for 14 months. This Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot is one of the best values Merlots produced in America. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 points saying "Generous and aromatic, this flavorful Merlot is a showcase for ripe black cherry fruit, accented with strong streaks of vanilla and tobacco. The plush, dark fruit leads into a tasty, toasty finish, with notes of licorice and smoke."