Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

First wine review of the new year.  This Columbia-Crest wine shows how the Columbia Valley though further north of Napa Valley / Sonoma County can produce a nice and inexpensive Merlot and other red varietals.  Low alcohol and higher than expected acid levels make this a very approachable wine.  This is not a berry bomb Merlot.  This wine holds characteristics of roasted red cherry, chocolate, Fall herbs and slight hint of black pepper.

Stay tuned for many more wine reviews to come in 2010 and this year I will start reviewing the winery visit experience.



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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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2 Responses to Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

  1. Pingback: Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 … | The Bottle and Cork - Napa and Sonoma Wine blog

  2. Wow! You use one of my favorite words: plethora. And you love Cab Franc. You can’t be half bad, especially since you seem to know how to write. I’ll read more and check your grammar later. As you perhaps read, before I took up wine, I was an English teacher.
    Here’s a site for you which I think you’ll enjoy.
    Now to get back and read some more of your blogs….

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