Columbia Crest 1999 "Grand Estates" Columbia Valley Merlot ($10.99)
This inky blackish-purple Washington State Merlot shows distinct chocolate-covered cherry aromas with forward, almost grapey fruit. Ripe and soft on the palate, so fruity that it comes across as almost sweet, it's a simple but approachable wine, easy to like, the kind of "crowd pleaser" that moves briskly in restaurant by-the-glass sales. US Importer: (Apr 4, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Works well to wash down pork chops; will go easily with just about any red meat or poultry.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Il Circo 2000 "La Violetta" Uva di Troia Castel del Monte
View the next tasting note: Montes 2001 "Special Cuvee" Colchagua Valley Reserve Merlot