Columbia Crest 2009 Grand Estates Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

By on June 18, 2013

CC 09 GE MerlotBest Buy! The Northwest’s largest winery continues to do a marvelous job with this tier, and the amount of expression is rather remarkable at this price point. Aromas include root beer barrel candy with plums, dried cherry, chocolate and vanilla. The drink, juiced up by Syrah (11%), is fruit-driven with plum, strawberry, dark cherry and chocolate flavors with mouth-filling tannins. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay might pair this with a balsamic reduction, lamb or Chinese food.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 69,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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