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Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 750ml 2006
Sku: 15774
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Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $26.99
On Sale $21.97
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Technical notes
Vinification * Grapes were crushed with 30% whole berries remaining. * Cold soaking on the skins for two days extracted soft tannins and intense color. * Fermentation, including twice-daily pumpovers, lasted 6-10 days, depending on the lot. * A portion of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, which occurred in primarily new French oak barrels. * The wine aged in new barrels for 24 months.

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Vineyards * Fruit was handpicked from the vintage’s best vineyards for Columbia Crest’s Reserve Merlot. * Vineyard sites are located on the Wahluke Slope, offering aromatics, texture and complexity; in the Cold Creek area, adding to the flavor and fruitiness; and in the Horse Heaven Hills, contributing balance and body to the finished wine. * The balance between warm daytime temperatures and cooler evenings concentrated aromatics and enhanced complexity. * Low rainfall stressed the vines, and irrigation was applied judiciously to create concentrated varietal expression.

Producer
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.


     
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