Original tasting and review : This is Columbia Winery Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled a mere 2 years from vintage date, in March, 2015.
In the glass: Medium deep red with violet highlights.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, bright, aromatic berries. From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and vigorous.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact perky and fresh, with plenty of just-ripe blackberries and some red currants. Acids curl into your cheeks and bring a few sprigs of tannins along as well. The brightness makes this a merlot to accompany food.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, almost adding a plus for its aromatics. Best value when obtained at an attractive price point.
With food: In fact, as anticipated, this merlot really opens up with food, offering up its flavors and aromas in a much more robust way. Adding a star to the three points!
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