Wine of the week

WINE OF THE WEEK

November 05, 2003|By Michael Dresser

2000 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot, Columbia Valley ($12). This well-priced, gripping red wine from Washington state earns a recommendation for the second vintage in a row. It's a full-bodied wine with ripe blackberry flavors and a hint of chocolate. There's enough tannin underneath the generous fruit to give it 3-5 years of aging potential, but it's quite enjoyable now. Red meat, roast poultry, hard cheese or hearty pasta dishes would be appropriate companions.

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