Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

By on July 21, 2015

Columbia Crest-2012-H3 Merlot BottleBest Buy! Juan Munoz Oca and his red wine team work near the sleepy town of Paterson, and they’ve crafted a Merlot that offers most everything one might hope for — including a bargain price. The nose hints at the richness in store with aromas of black cherry, black currant, plum and dark chocolate, with dusty blueberry and cola nut in the background. It’s a dark and lovely drink with black cherry, black currant and black plum, framed by sandy tannins and juicy acidity. That all adds up to a plush and approachable drink that should pair nicely with wild game, roasted lamb, grilled salmon or dishes featuring a tomato-based sauce.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 63,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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