Monday, July 23, 2007

The Duckling Drinks Merlot

Columbia Crest Grand Estates
Columbia Valley (WA)
2004 Merlot
$9.99 Central Market

When I tasted this I was surprised that it cost less than $10. It starts off spicy - minty and peppery - and then offers up wonderful sweet dark berry flavors like mulberries and blackberries, leaving the taste of vanilla creme behind. Several of the tasting notes I looked up mentioned mocha or cocoa flavors, but I really didn't get that at all. It had a velvety soft feel in the mouth, not too dry or astringent. I very much recommend this one, especially at the price.

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