Kennedy Shah Merlot Columbia Valley 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Columbia Valley

Varietal   Merlot

Retail Price   $14

ABV   13.8%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep garnet red color.

Aromatics

Dense, concentrated red and black berries take the lead with mineral, earth, and brown spices in support.

Flavor

The palate is just as rich with black cherry taking the lead with accents of cassis, coffee bean, earth, and oak.

Intensity & Texture

This is a bold Merlot with moderate, firm tannins, and long lingering earth tones.

Cool Factor

B

Columbia Valley Merlot has long been prized by wine lovers looking for full and complex wines just like this.

Value Grade

B

At $14 a bottle (retail) this is a great wine by the glass.

Analysis

The deep, dense blend includes 15% Cabernet Franc. This balanced Merlot is made by Jean Claude Beck with the winemaker's French roots and love of juicy, extracted wines evident.

How to Enjoy

It's a bold wine with moderate tannins that is certainly asking for food. Grilled meats and sausages are great accompaniments.

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