Friday, July 17, 2009
Columbia Crest 2001 Grand Estate Merlot (Washington)
I am quite impressed with Washington wines and their ageability, just check out the faux-BC Mission Hill Cab Sauv that was actually made with Washington grapes from 1981, it showed pretty good after so many years. This wine is 20 years younger and very impressive in its own right, there is little hint that it's 8-years-old. The nose is blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, black licorice and cinnamon; while the palate shows blackberry, tobacco, a touch of vanilla and hint of tannin, yet quite smooth in the mouth. The beginning shows grit, the mid is smooth and almost sweet with fruit, then comes the dry finish, which is long and forest floor-ish. Very enjoyable and tasty, not sure it has another 20 years in it but 5, yes.