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Columbia Valley Merlot

9.115 ratings
8.93 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

8.6

It’s delicious and moderately priced. It could used a little more focus and structure but just drink it

It’s delicious and moderately priced. It could used a little more focus and structure but just drink it

Aug 27th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

This is 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot. On the nose, ripe fruits of; blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum & cherries. Loamy soils, vanilla, cinnamon, anise and dry dark florals. The body and M+ tannins are velvety, spices that rise off the palate with heated intensity, mocha, caramel, blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum & cherries, pepper, dry crushed rocks, nice perfumed red florals with good acidity and a round lush finish that opens up quickly with a short time in the glass. Photos of their estate vines showing their loamy sandy soils, tasting room and German made stainless steel tanks that are programmed for push downs three times a day during fermentation. These German made tanks are well made and I'm sure cost a bloody fortune. German manufacturing is simply world best!

This is 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot. On the nose, ripe fruits of; blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum & cherries. Loamy soils, vanilla, cinnamon, anise and dry dark florals. The body and M+ tannins are velvety, spices that rise off the palate with heated intensity, mocha, caramel, blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum & cherries, pepper, dry crushed rocks, nice perfumed red florals with good acidity and a round lush finish that opens up quickly with a short time in the glass. Photos of their estate vines showing their loamy sandy soils, tasting room and German made stainless steel tanks that are programmed for push downs three times a day during fermentation. These German made tanks are well made and I'm sure cost a bloody fortune. German manufacturing is simply world best!

Aug 11th, 2017
Paul Weil

Excellent as always, this "Columbia Valley" - AKA Yakima - Merlot has rich mocha cherry flavors and a full bodied, fruit forward structure.

Excellent as always, this "Columbia Valley" - AKA Yakima - Merlot has rich mocha cherry flavors and a full bodied, fruit forward structure.

1 person found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2016
Namwoo park

My wife likes it a lot.

My wife likes it a lot.

May 31st, 2020
John Singer

Clear purple color. Clean medium + intensity. Nose of red fruit, eucalyptus, hint of cedar. Medium dry. Medium acidity. Medium body. Medium plus flavors of cacao, blackberry, and leather with a shirt finish.

Clear purple color. Clean medium + intensity. Nose of red fruit, eucalyptus, hint of cedar. Medium dry. Medium acidity. Medium body. Medium plus flavors of cacao, blackberry, and leather with a shirt finish.

May 23rd, 2020
Frank Kuo

Color is dark purple, almost opaque. Nose is soft and refined, with oak, dried strawberries and black cherry, tobacco leaves, and mix of more cigar box and oak. Nose is warm and fragrant. Taste follows the nose with nice balance of refined sweetness and acidity, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits including cherry and ripe grapes, a bit peppery, quality tannins and a touch of nice mineral. Tasty. Aftertaste of more subtle sweetness, pepper, mineral, oak, and a bit minty. At her peak. Enjoy.

Color is dark purple, almost opaque. Nose is soft and refined, with oak, dried strawberries and black cherry, tobacco leaves, and mix of more cigar box and oak. Nose is warm and fragrant. Taste follows the nose with nice balance of refined sweetness and acidity, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits including cherry and ripe grapes, a bit peppery, quality tannins and a touch of nice mineral. Tasty. Aftertaste of more subtle sweetness, pepper, mineral, oak, and a bit minty. At her peak. Enjoy.

Jan 22nd, 2020
Ravi Subramanian

Low acidity, low tannins

Low acidity, low tannins

Dec 28th, 2019
TwiLea Fletcher

Performance evaluation time....

Performance evaluation time....

Feb 15th, 2019
James Zimmer

James had this 2 months ago

James had this 2 months ago

Aug 24th, 2020
Cheryl Capps

Cheryl had this 8 months ago

Cheryl had this 8 months ago

Mar 4th, 2020