From the label: Columbia-Crest Merlot Cabernet is a delicious, fruit-forward wine with a rich, silky finish. Generous blackberry and raspberry flavors are wrapped around a core of warm vanilla from extended aging in small oak barrels. The “Two Vines” designation is a tribute to the special trellising of our vines. Like all great wines Columbia-Crest’s quality begins in the vineyard. This extra effort to position grape clusters for better sun exposure helps produce the ripest grapes, and richer, more flavorful wines.
This Merlot-Cabernet mix is actually a combination of three varieties of grapes: 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a dark garnet color with a bouquet of Tobacco, Dark berries, and earthy tones. The taste was predominantly smoky and that of dark berries. I also found it tannic and slightly harsher than I prefer though still good. It had a long, robust finish and I would consider it to be a medium-bodied wine.
Overall I liked this wine despite it’s initial harshness. I rated this wine an 85.