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.
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