COLUMBIA CREST MERLOT GRAND ESTATES - 2005
Dark ruby color with mocha, oak and coffee on the nose. Red and black fruits are overshadowed by huge amounts of creamy vanilla oak. Cassis and blackberry on the mid-palate give way to black cherry candy on the finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
For $10 a bottle this is a screaming value. It overachieves its price category. It is a heavy on the oak but forgiveable given the quality, flavor profile and balance. Easy drinking crowd pleaser alert!