Columbia Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $14

By on February 12, 2014

columbia-winery-merlot-2012-bottleBest Buy! This vintage marks E&J Gallo’s entry in the Washington state industry, and this Merlot is one of the three affordable red wines the California giant has focused on with the historic Woodinville brand. Its aromatic profile shows freshness with red-toned fruit of cherry and cranberry backed by accents of blueberry, cotton candy and Brach’s butter rum Royals. On the sumptuous palate, it leads with cherry, followed by red currant and plum in an easy-going and lengthy structure. Suggested fare includes tenderloin medallions drizzled with a wild huckleberry glaze.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 13,320 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%


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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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