What We’re Drinking – Columbia Winery Merlot

Bing cherry, vanilla, and milk chocolate waft up from the glass. Cherry and cranberry lead on the palate, some chocolate comes through on the mid-palate. Tannins are dusty bordering on grainy. This offers high-toned red fruits with a chocolate base. Drink with sweetly-sauced duck. Recommended. 89 points. DBH

WHO: Columbia Winery
WHAT: Merlot
WHEN: 2014
WHERE: Columbia Valley, Washington
HOW MUCH: $16 (media sample)