I was so surprised when I opened this wine, expecting it to be undrinkable. Not only is it drinkable, it is stunning! Dark color with no signs of bricking; a strong and very attractive nose, redolent of oak, spice. leather, and sweet tobacco. A bit light on the palate; tannins are fully integrated, leaving only a bit of dark fruit and spice to tease the palate. A bit of a mineral note on the finish. Major shortcoming is that it has a rather thin mouthfeel, but this is a common trait of older wines, and really doesn't detract from the enjoyment of drinking this. This is a classy wine that outperforms its pedigree by a mile. No way that such a modest wine should have survived so long and matured so well. Just goes to show that you never know what you will find when you pop that cork!
A really pleasant surprise. The last of the lot and long forgotten, I'd assumed it would be way over the hill, but instead, it is...quite elegant, balanced and drinking incredibly well, far, far above the price point. I could almost mistake it for a solid mid-range Bordeaux. I now wish I had more.
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(Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot Columbia Valley) A touch of earthiness along with chocolate and cranberry. On the taste, the fruit has started to degrade a bit. 96% Merlot; 3.5% Cabernet; 0.5% Cab Franc. 13.5% alcohol. 140,000 cases produced.
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