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2015 Columbia Crest Merlot "H3"

H3 2015 Merlot

Winery: Columbia Crest

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "H3"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 82% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 4% Malbec & 2% Other Varietals

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Horse Heaven Hills

State or country: WA

Price: $15

Cases produced: 84,390

KWG Score: 89.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: November 10, 2018

Wine Review: Another very good value from H3! This ink red colored Merlot opens with an inviting blackberry, cedar and raspberry chocolate bouquet. This full-bodied Merlot is slightly bigger than your typical Merlot but in this case it is not a drawback at all. The palate displays smooth plum, blackberry, chocolate and oak flavors with some nice spices mixed in. I enjoyed the layered structure, balanced tannins and full mouthfeel. The finish is slightly dry with some cherry flavors that faded away nicely. This Merlot is food friendly and I would pair it with a beef bolognese with fettuccine. - Joe

Winemaker Notes: This medium-bodied Merlot delivers aromas of spice and blackberry with the perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry notes on the palate. The complex flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. Pair with roasted lamb or wild game.

Organic status: not organic

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