2003 Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per wine.com: “This pleasing Merlot offers intense aromas of spice, blackberry, and raspberry with expressions of cocoa and soft velvet on the palate. A hint of chocolate completes the lingering finish.” -Ray Einberger, Winemaker

What I Think:

This one was a pleasant surprise. I’ve always coupled Washington and Merlot in my head so I thought this was a good time to do my quarterly check in on this varietal. Amazingly out of the 286 bottles I have consumed since starting this blog a mere 2 have been merlot. This one opened the doors for me to try others. Nice, round red fruit throughout followed by a lingering hint of chocolate on the finish before fading to vanilla/barrel flavors. Nice and smooth throughout. I’ve already grabbed myself another bottle, don’t hesitate to grab one of your own!

Rating: Buy It

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3 thoughts on “2003 Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot

  1. I had another bottle of this and enjoyed it just as much. So much so that I grabbed another one at Trader Joe’s tonight! I even thought about trying another Merlot to see if my palate may be interested in revisiting this grape but decided against it. At least for now….

  2. You’ll find the 2004 Merlot for $6.99 (Oregon Price) at Trader Joe’s – another secret find. Imagine a 6 year old bottle of red wine for less than $7.00 – wonderful with a rosemary mushroom and caramelized onion crostini with grated fresh Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven @ 350 F for 6 minutes til crispy

  3. Perfect timing Cliff, was just drinking another, more expensive, Merlot tonight and remembering this one. Time to pay it another visit. Perhaps with recipe in tow…

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