Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2008

Recommendation: Quality wine at a bargain price

Winery/Producer: Columbia Crest Winery, Paterson, Washington

Grape Variety: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc

Geographic Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington

Vintage: 2008

Price: $6.97

Purchased From: Total Wine; Northridge, California

Pared With: Chicken masala garum (cinnamon favor), rice pilaf


    He said: Ruby red color. Wonderful fruity bouquet. Very fruity, smoky with hints of blackberry taste. A great finish that is dry with lingering silky tannins. A very supple and easy drinking Merlot that is clearly OUTSTANDING for the price. It is not a “fine” Merlot, but sure is the baseline for a quality Merlot at a bargain price.

    She said: Fruity delicious bouquet leading to full bodied fruity flavor. Dry, medium tannins with medium long tasty finish. At $6.97 this is a true bargain Merlot. I love it!!!