Columbia Crest - Grand Estates Merlot
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Region: USA / Washington / Columbia Valley
Type: Medium-bodied red wine
Fermentation: Fermented for 6-10 days on skins to extract optimum fruit and textural components. Malolactic fermentation occurs in a combination of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.
Aging: Predominately in both French and American oak barrels, 40% new, for approximately 17 months. A small percentage of the wine is aged in stainless steel to retain freshness of fruit and varietal character.
Color: Bright cherry red.
Nose: This Merlot has a rich aromatic profile with notes of chocolate and dark cherries.
Palate: The complex fruit flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish.
Food pairing: Grilled salmon, roast lamb, Asian dishes.