Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: *** $$ Ridge Crest Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Merlot.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Ridge Crest is a line of value-priced second labels from Claar Cellars, a premium winemaker in Columbia Valley, Washington State.  We'll be sampling four separate varietals from this line.

Original tasting and review : This is Ridge Crest Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium deep brick red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, slightly musty fragrant red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity but differentiated.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold ripe blackberry with hints of blueberry perfume. Tangy yet dark acids lift into the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars and almost touches a plus for robustness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  It comes close to touching good value status.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Merlot.

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